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Locals shine in top awards

Mid Gippsland Football Netball League

• Toora Football Netball Club had a big night at the MGFNL presentation night last Wednesday night taking home three best & fairest awards. Pictured from left: Carla Jenkins, B grade best & fairest; Josh Griffin, reserves best & fairest and Kelsey Angwin A grade best & fairest.

AFTER the cancellation of the last two seasons due to COVID-19, the Mid Gippsland Football Netball League is finally being able to reward its competitors with league best and fairest and goal kicking awards and on Saturday the ultimate team success will be had with the grand finals for the 2022 season being held at Morwell East.

The vote count and presentation night was held in Morwell last Wednesday night with about 150 in attendance.

The six former Alberton Football Netball League clubs are now well established in the new league, and a number of them shone out in last week’s award winners.

Fish Creek’s Thomas Cameron tied for the senior league best and fairest with Boolarra’s Ricky Cochrane. Tom is a previous league best and fairest winner back in 2016 in the Alberton League and has returned to his best form after a serious knee injury a couple of years ago. Ricky is a talented on-baller and is a standout player with Boolarra and a former North Gippsland League best and fairest.

Toora’s Kelsey Angwin took out the senior netball top award with 36 votes from last year’s winner Skye McDonald of Yinnar on 31. Kels also won the award in the Alberton League in 2019 playing for Foster.

After winning last year’s B grade award Toora’s Carla Jenkins has made it back-to-back best and fairest winning with 26 votes from teammate Shannon Leggett and Yinnar’s Megan Harrison both on 21 votes. Carla has also won the award in the Alberton League A grade back in 2008 and 2018 in B grade.

Toora’s Josh Griffin was the standout player in the reserves this season and will play a big part in Toora reserves premiership quest on Saturday after reaching this year’s  grand final.

Toora did feature well on the night having multiple winners.

A number of other players in both football and netball gained selection in teams of the year and also took out goal kicking and goal throwing awards. Club coaches nominated players and positions for selection in the team of the year which was then calculated to end up with the final line-up. Interesting to see one league best and fairest end up on the interchange bench and another player high up in the voting not selected. Obviously the coaches didn’t rate them during the year.

The Barry McKenzie club championship award went to Mirboo North, while the Heather Martin service award went to Thorpdale.

The junior presentation night was held early last week with the junior netball and thirds footballers receiving the accolades for their hard work during the year.

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