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Stevie Bibby, Sam Clyne shine at Wimmera league’s night of nights

WINNERS: Minyip-Murtoa defender Stevie Bibby and Horsham Saints rover Sam Clyne soak up the moment after winning respective Hatcher and Toohey medals. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

WINNERS: Minyip-Murtoa defender Stevie Bibby and Horsham Saints rover Sam Clyne soak up the moment after winning respective Hatcher and Toohey medals. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

By DEAN LAWSON
Horsham Saints on-baller Sam Clyne and Minyip-Murtoa goal defence Stevie Bibby are the toast of Wimmera football and netball after winning exciting best and fairest vote counts in Horsham.
Clyne won Wimmera Football League’s P. J. Toohey Medal and Bibby Wimmera Netball Association’s Hatcher Medal in a joint presentation dinner at Horsham’s Lutheran school hall.
Both winners loom as key players in grand finals in Horsham on Saturday.
Clyne’s two-vote win over Stawell talent Thomas Eckel was a fitting climax to a big night of sporting celebration. He polled 21 votes to finish a clear winner from Eckel, 19, while Warrack Eagles coach Ryan McKenzie was third on 16.
Clyne’s team-mate Jacob Cooke-Harrison and Minyip-Murtoa captain John Delahunty also polled strongly, both finishing with 12 votes.
A rising-star award for the under-21 player polling the most votes went to Minyip-Murtoa’s Nick Kelson.
All Wimmera clubs were strongly represented.
The Hatcher Medal count was as equally exciting, with Bibby ultimately finishing on 23 votes, four clear of a chasing pack of Horsham players.
Rising talent Emma Buwalda was runner-up and her team-mates Abbie Avery and Melanie Scott were close behind on 18. Ararat’s Jessica Williamson was next with 17.
Both Toohey and Hatcher medallists were humble in their acceptance speeches and made it clear their focus now was to do well in grand finals at the weekend.
Multiple Hatcher Medal recipient and Ararat veteran Megan Shea was a runaway winner for a B Grade best-and-fairest trophy, polling 30 votes to win from Horsham Saints’ Holly Ruwoldt.
Dimboola earlier celebrated Kelly Laverty’s win for a C Grade title as she polled 21 votes to triumph by the slimmest of margins over Warrack Eagles’ Elysia Preston.
Wimmera Football League’s reserves best and fairest award went to Stawell’s Nathan Sabbo, who won with 17 votes from Warrack Eagles’ Jordan Taylor, 16.
Other highlights included the induction of long-time Ararat and Wimmera netball player, coach and advocate Donna Spalding as an association life member.
Dimboola’s Antoinette Toet was netball volunteer of the year and Stawell club president Debbie Bach accepted a club-of-the-year trophy.
Minyip-Murtoa leader Jaye Macumber was football senior coach of the year and a rising star award went to Warrack Eagles talent Charlie Wilson.
Cooke-Harrison won the senior league goal-kicking award with 70 goals at an average of 4.12 a game and Minyip-Murtoa’s Chris Delahunty accepted his reserves goal-kicking trophy for accumulating 61 goals.

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Posted on Aug 31 2016

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