HORSHAM Saints’ young gun Abby Hallam has claimed the Wimmera Netball Association’s 17 and under best and fairest award.
Hallam polled 30 votes to claim the award.
Two girls could not be split for second place, with Dimboola’s Stephanie Glover and Ararat’s Delaney McLoughlan both finishing equal on 28 votes.
Glover’s teammate Ruby Redford rounded out the top three with 22 votes.
Hallam said she was very surprised to come away with the league best and fairest award.
“It was a bit of a shock,” she said.
“I had a really good team to play with and that made it really easy for me.”
Hallam has been an integral part of a Horsham Saints outfit that finished third on the ladder.
The side finished with a record of 10 wins and six losses and faces a tough ask this weekend.
“We are playing Horsham this Saturday in finals,” Hallam said.
Along with playing in the 17 and under, Hallam has also been a regular feature for the Horsham Saints’ A Grade side.
She said playing in the top tier of Wimmera netball has been a learning experience.
“I’ve been playing in A Grade with the Saints a bit this year,” she said.
“I’ve learnt a lot about all different things I should be doing on the court. It’s been really good and I’ve learnt a lot. I play goal attack normally and also a little bit of wing defence too in the A Grade sometimes.”
Hallam said her success this season has been possible thanks to a range of coaches she has worked with at the Saints.
“My 17 and under coach Tara has been great this season as well as Shannon and her mum Debbie in the A Grade. They have been really good,” she said.
The Southern Mallee Giants also came away with an award in the 17 and under netball grade.
Kiana Marshman from the Giants won the rising star award in the Giants’ first season in the Wimmera Netball Association.
Marshman polled well in the vote count too, finishing in fourth with 19 votes to her name.
Molly Stewart of the Warrack Eagles and Horsham’s Mya Jones capped off the top five vote receivers.
Stewart and Jones both finished with 16 votes.