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Goulburn Valley League | List of clubs 2019 best and fairest winners

By Shepparton News

BENALLA

It was a fantastic return to Benalla for Will Martiniello this year, with the Morrison medallist winner claiming the senior football best-and-fairest award. The gun on-baller finished the year off strongly with five-straight mentions in the list of better players. And history was made in the netball A-grade vote count, with star defender Chloe Hill claiming her fifth-straight club best-and-fairest medal. It was a special night for Hill, with her sister Bridget finishing runner-up.

ECHUCA

For the second straight season Andrew Walker has taken out the club's senior football best-and-fairest medal after a dominant season on the field. The Echuca co-coach led his side to the grand final, only to be disappointed by Kyabram and finished runner-up in the Morrison Medal count. And young goal attack Claudia Mawson cemented her spot as the next star of the club, with the teenager taking home the A-grade best-and-fairest. Mawson has made a name for herself as a smart attacking option and will be one to keep an eye on next year after finishing fourth in the Wellman Family Medal.

EUROA

Euroa skipper JD Hayes saluted in the Magpies’ best-and-fairest count and added to his list of playing credentials. The tough on-baller relished playing this year without the added pressure of coaching and continued to star in each of his outings. Although it was a tough season for the Magpies’ senior netball side, supporters will no doubt be excited to see best-and-fairest winner Eliza Hoare continue her rise in the competition.

KYABRAM

Much like Richmond star Dustin Martin's 2017 season, Kyabram gun Mick Mattingly cleaned up the awards this year. The silky mover claimed the coveted Morrison Medal, the Shepparton News MVP, a premiership medal and lastly, the Bombers’ best-and-fairest. From his 15 home-and-away matches, Mattingly featured in the best players in all but three. And talented netballer Emma Ryan starred in her first season at Kyabram, with the 2018 Wellman Family medallist taking out the Bombers’ A-grade netball medal.

MANSFIELD

First-year playing coach Andrew Browne claimed the Eagles’ best-and-fairest in a disappointing year where his club missed finals after it featured in the 2018 edition. The towering ruckman — who spent time on Richmond's AFL list — used his height around the ground and often drifted forward to be damaging in attack. And the high country's Maddi Smith was the star on presentation night, with the talented netballer claiming back-to-back A-grade medals.

MOOROOPNA

First year player Kyle Gray enjoyed a consistent season at the Cattery by taking home the club's senior best-and-fairest medal. The reliable defender featured in the list of better players in more than half of his matches this year and was a welcome introduction to a building list. And the A-grade netball medal was shared between rising stars Dayna Williams and Georgia Gattuso in what is a positive sign for the club's A-grade netball future. Williams is a ready-made star of the future, with a third placing in the Wellman Family Medal count.

ROCHESTER

Rochester hard-nut Nathan Marrone claimed the club's top gong which was the icing on the cake for the talented midfielder, after he enjoyed a superb season on the field. Unfortunately, a one-match suspension cost Marrone taking out this year's Morrison Medal, after he finished the league count on 21 votes. Meanwhile, agile goal attack Morgan Dingwall saluted in the A-grade netball medal, with the Tiger consistently finding her name in the list of better players each week.

SEYMOUR

Gun midfielder Jason Cole edged out teammate Zac Keogh to claim back-to-back Lions best-and-fairest awards after another superb season on the field. Cole's stellar season had him feature in GVL interleague and Victoria Country colours, where he was the captain of both sides. And premiership hero Meg Grbac was awarded the Lions’ A-grade medal which capped a fantastic season for the talented defender. Grbac finished runner-up in the Wellman Family Medal count, but shut down eventual winner Jessie Barnes in the grand final, helping her Lions claim A-grade glory.

SHEPPARTON

One of Shepparton's emerging young talents, Anthony Andronaco, capped a classy season in the maroon and gold by winning the club's senior best-and-fairest. The forward maestro kicked 45 goals and solidified his spot among the best up-and-coming talents. In the netball department, Laura Ryan capped a strong season with the Bears’ A-grade side by claiming the best-and-fairest medal. Ryan enjoyed stints in the Bears’ midcourt and starred in the side's elimination final win against the Shepparton Swans.

SHEPPARTON SWANS

Although the number of wins was again low this year for the Swans, this season brought about genuine excitement after they picked up multiple scalps and ended their 23-game losing streak. Midfield and half-back flanker Tom Preece claimed the senior football best-and-fairest in his first season back at the club. Meanwhile, Georgia O'Sullivan capped a stellar season by winning the club's A-grade netball medal. The experienced midcourter was a consistent performer this season, highlighted by her top-10 finish in the Wellman Family Medal.

SHEPPARTON UNITED

Star ruckman Shane Neaves took out United's best-and-fairest count after a sublime season on the field. Neaves joins Mansfield's Andrew Browne as the second ruckman to win a club's top gong this year. There were no surprises who took out the Dees’ A-grade medal, with Wellman Family medallist Jessie Barnes taking out the top honour. The star attacking option had an unbelievable season on the court and was a key member of the minor premiers’ run to the grand final.

TATURA

At Tatura Park, former Bulldogs coach Jamason Daniels claimed the senior football best-and-fairest in an injury-interrupted season. The silky midfielder only managed 13 home-and-away games and was leading the Morrison Medal halfway through the season. On the netball court, playing co-coach Molly Boyle took out the top individual honour in a season where her side only won two games.