Bilton claims second Berry Powell, Hurse takes out Nalder-Tracey

Carisbrookʼs Lauran Hurse and Matt Bilton have taken out the 2018 Berry Powell medal and Nalder-Tracey trophy after a stellar year for their respective teams. Bilton and Hurse are grand final bound this weekend with Carisbrook playing in both the senior football and A grade netball grand finals.

Carisbrook cleaned up at the 2018 Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League’s best and fairest night, taking out eight awards including the esteemed Berry Powell medal and Nalder-Tracey trophy.

Carisbrook’s Matt Bilton was awarded his second Berry Powell medal, having previously won the title in 2013, and was dubbed “the most explosive midfielder in the MCDFNL”.

With a winning total of 22 votes, Bilton snagged the award just two votes ahead of Maldon’s Hayden Kelly, who was commended for his versatility and athleticism on ground.

Bilton and his Carisbook teammates will this weekend take on Natte Bealiba in the grand final, hunting for their second flag in a row.

“I’m pretty happy with the award, but I’ll be happier on Saturday if we manage to get the win,” Bilton said.

Carisbrook goalie Laura Hurse smashed the A grade netball vote count with 34 votes to take out the Nalder-Tracey trophy in her first year in the league.

Avoca coach Maddy Egan came runner-up to Hurse with 27 votes after shooting more than 700 goals for the Bulldogs this season.

It’s the second year straight that Egan has been runner-up in the league vote count.

Hurse made the move to Carisbrook after 17 years in the Bendigo Football Netball League and has been instrumental in getting the Redbacks’ A grade side into the grand final this weekend.

“It’s been a great season and we have a really good and evenly matched team. That’s probably reflected in the fact that we’re playing the grand final this year,” Hurse said.

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