The Maryborough Castlemaine District Football Netball League’s highest honours for football and netball, the Berry Powell and the Nalder-Tracey medal were both taken out by league newbies on Monday night.
In her first year with Avoca, Jess Hollett took out A grade netball’s best and fairest, the Nalder-Tracey medal with 31 votes ahead of runner-up, and last year’s medalist, Laura Hurse of Carisbrook.
Similarly, first-year Sainter Joel Cowan from Trentham took out the league’s best and fairest senior football award, the Berry Powell, with 18 votes ahead of joint runners up Hayden Kelly (Maldon) and Steven Patterson (Carisbrook) both on 17 votes.
Cowan and his Trentham teammates very nearly made it to this weekend’s grand final after finishing the home and away season in second place on the ladder.
Carisbrook knocked them out in the last round of finals last weekend however and advanced through to face Natte Bealiba for the cup.
While Cowan admitted he’d rather play this weekend than have won a personal accolade, he still had an “enjoyable” season with the Saints.
“You just go out there and play your best every week. It was obviously disappointing to lose, but that’s footy — you’ve got to take the wins with the losses,” he said on Monday night after accepting the league’s most valued award.
“I’m not too sure what the outcome will be this weekend, I hope for everyone watching that it’s a nice close game but I couldn’t tell you who is going to win.”
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