Alvin claims top gong

By Jamie Lowe

An outstanding year of footy by Deni Rovers fourths player Alvin Cooper has been recognised with the young ruckman being rewarded with a Picola & District League best and fairest trophy.

It was a remarkable vote count for the Under-14 football with Alvin sharing the top honour with Josh Payne (Strathmerton) after both players polled 40 votes.

Picola United’s Jason Beckett, who claimed the goalkicking trophy with 80 majors for the year, was third with an impressive 37 votes, with Blair Eddy (Tocumwal, 35 votes), Mitchell Ward (Katamatite, 32) and Ben Kennedy (Rennie, 31) all passing the 30-vote mark.

The Payne Medal for under-17 football best-and-fairest saw Jerilderie’s Ben Neessen taking it out with 23 votes.

Yarroweyah’s Cris Santoro was one vote back in second place, with Rennie’s Josh McInness rounding out the podium on 19 votes.

Tocumwal’s Bailey Mason was fourth on 15 votes, while Strathmerton’s Haydn Wyatt finished in a tie for fifth with Max Hendy (Katunga), Jack Sides (Blighty) and Kody Jackson (Katunga), while Wyatt also left with the leading goal-kicker award.

The Rovers again laid claim to the Junior Coach of the Year award, with thirds coach Alex Hay winning just one year after fourths coach Peter Wills claimed the same honour.

There was more joy for the Rovers on the night with the netball under-17 best-and-fairest award taken out by Edwina Barclay, winning a thrilling count from Strathmerton’s Alyssa Crestani by two votes.

Tocumwal’s Molly Reid was third with 22 votes, Picola United’s Holly Chalker rounding out the first four on 19 votes.

Blighty’s Jessica Hanmer was a runaway winner in the under-13 medal count, polling 38 votes to nearly double the tally of her closest competitor.

Rennie’s Laynee Rhodes was runner-up with 21 votes, with Strathmerton’s Caitlyn Brooks third on 20 votes.

Katamatite’s Caitlin Verlin claimed the under-15 best-and-fairest for her ripping season, polling 29 votes to finish six clear of her closest rival.

Waaia’s Eloise Walker and Jerilderie’s Alex Patu tied for second on 23 votes, with Berrigan’s Shae Fennell in fourth on 19.