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PHOTOS | HDFNL crowns Scott Carey, Caitlin Story best and fairest

BEST AND FAIREST: Laharum A Grade goalie Caitlin Story and Swifts midfielder Scott Carey celebrate their stellar seasons at Horsham District Football Netball League’s night of nights. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

BEST AND FAIREST: Laharum A Grade goalie Caitlin Story and Swifts midfielder Scott Carey celebrate their stellar seasons at Horsham District Football Netball League’s night of nights. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By SARAH SCULLY
Swifts playing coach Scott Carey and Laharum goalie Caitlin Story are the toast of Horsham District Football Netball League after claiming the league’s top individual honours on Monday night.
Carey enjoyed an outstanding season in the midfield, polling 31 votes in 13 games to win the 2017 Dellar Family Medal.
It was a good night for midfielders, with Laharum’s Todd Heynen securing runner-up honours on 17 votes and Harrow-Balmoral’s Eric Guthrie, 14, claiming the best under-21 player award for the second year running.
Heynen’s fellow co-coach Robbie Miller finished the count with 19 votes but was ineligible due to suspension.
A humble Carey said he was shocked to collect the medal.
“I was definitely surprised,” he said.
“You always hope you have a consistent year and I thought that was the case, but to get as many votes as I did was crazy.
“Being around the umpires’ noses in the midfield probably helps a little bit, but the boys had an outstanding season – it definitely hasn’t just been myself who carried the load.”
Carey said he was thrilled with the Baggies’ season, with his side making it through to a semi-final.
“It’s been so exciting to be able to improve as much as we did this year,” he said.
“No one expected that – neither did I – but to the boys’ credit they gelled really well.
“They play for each other – you can’t ask for anything more.”
Carey paid tribute to the club, where he has played since he was a junior.
“I couldn’t have done it without them and I wouldn’t be anywhere else. I absolutely love it,” he said.
“It’s great to see us moving in the right direction.”
Story was also a clear winner in the A Grade best-and-fairest count, polling 38 votes in 14 matches to claim the accolade ahead of three-time winner Ebonie Salter, 30 votes.
Salter’s team-mate Sarah Cleaver was best under-21 player on 18 votes.
Story was on fire in the ring in 2017. A steady and reliable on-court leader with pinpoint accuracy, she sometimes shot more than 50 goals a game.
“I had a good year but I was still surprised to win,” Story said.
“Our recruits probably helped. I was able to come out to goal attack and it freed me up a little down the court, which was a good thing.”
Story said the award was a nice way to end the season following the disappointment of the past couple of weeks, which saw the Demons knocked out of finals in straight sets after claiming the minor premiership.
“We’ve got a few things to learn from the two finals, but we’ll regroup and hopefully come back next year and be better,” she said.
“When I went to Laharum the A Grade team hadn’t been in a final for a long time. Since I’ve been out there the past three years, we’ve been in finals each year and are slowly progressing further up the ladder.
“We still haven’t gotten that Holy Grail that we all want to get, but we’re very close.”
Reserves
Pimpinio’s Dylan Baker was a clear winner in the reserves best and fairest count, picking up 29 votes in 14 of 16 matches to win the Richie Dunlop Memorial award.
He finished 10 votes clear of his nearest rivals, Rohan Adams, Noradjuha-Quantong, and Cameron Domaschenz, Edenhope-Apsley.
Only two votes separated Kalkee sisters Rebecca Hudson and Mel Schultz in B Grade, with Hudson, 24, winning the count after a hiatus from the game.
The C Grade count was the closest of the evening, with Kathryn Bowles, Harrow-Balmoral, Lisa Fulton, Kalkee, and Chantelle Fisher, Jeparit-Rainbow, sharing the spoils on 20 votes.
Noradjuha-Quantong midcourter Jess Reinheimer was runner-up on 19.
Shooters got the nod in the C Reserve count, with Harrow-Balmoral standout Sherryn Simpson, 27, earning best-and-fairest honours over Kalkee’s Claire Mackay.
Several other awards were also presented on the night.
Carey also collected AFL Wimmera-Mallee’s coach of the year accolade, with Matthew Treacy, Noradjuha-Quantong, named Auskick coach of the year.
Southern Mallee Giants spearhead Kain Robins won the senior leading goal-kicker award with 111 majors, with James Staude, Harrow-Balmoral, winning the reserves category with 71 goals for the home-and-away season.
Kalkee’s Paul Christian was awarded HDFNL life membership, while Jye Smith, Taylors Lake, was best opposition player.
This year’s club championship award went to Harrow-Balmoral on 694 points.

Congratulations to this year's Dellar Medallist, Scott Carey! Kevin Dellar presents the Swifts coach, who polled 31 votes, with the HDFNL's top individual accolade from Laharum co-coach Todd Heynen, 17. Harrow-Balmoral's Eric Guthrie, 14 votes, represented by Rob Close, is the best under-21 player for the second year running. Robbie Miller, Laharum, polled 19 votes but is ineligible. Dean Toet, Agritek, right.

Congratulations to this year’s Dellar Medallist, Scott Carey! Kevin Dellar presents the Swifts coach, who polled 31 votes, with the HDFNL’s top individual accolade from Laharum co-coach Todd Heynen, 17. Harrow-Balmoral’s Eric Guthrie, 14 votes, represented by Rob Close, is the best under-21 player for the second year running. Robbie Miller, Laharum, polled 19 votes but is ineligible. Dean Toet, Agritek, right.

Rob Carey congratulates his son Scott Carey on winning the HDFNL best and fairest.

Rob Carey congratulates his son Scott Carey on winning the HDFNL best and fairest.

A Grade best and fairest has been crowned! Congratulations to Laharum goalie Caitlin Story on a stellar season, winning the accolade with 38 votes over standout defender Ebonie Salter, Harrow-Balmoral, 30 votes.

A Grade best and fairest has been crowned! Congratulations to Laharum goalie Caitlin Story on a stellar season, winning the accolade with 38 votes over standout defender Ebonie Salter, Harrow-Balmoral, 30 votes.

Pimpinio's Dylan Baker, represented by Josh Beddison, right, was a runaway winner in the reserves best and fairest count, collecting the Richie Dunlop Memorial award on 29 votes. Rohan Adams, Noradjuha-Quantong, and Cameron Domaschenz, Edenhope-Apsley, were runners up on 19 apiece.

Pimpinio’s Dylan Baker, represented by Josh Beddison, right, was a runaway winner in the reserves best and fairest count, collecting the Richie Dunlop Memorial award on 29 votes. Rohan Adams, Noradjuha-Quantong, and Cameron Domaschenz, Edenhope-Apsley, were runners up on 19 apiece.

Sister act! Congrats to Kalkee's Rebecca Hudson, 24 votes, and Mel Schultz, 22, on picking up B Grade best-and-fairest and runner-up honors respectively.

Sister act! Congrats to Kalkee’s Rebecca Hudson, 24 votes, and Mel Schultz, 22, on picking up B Grade best-and-fairest and runner-up honors respectively.

Harrow-Balmoral won the champion club, represented by Rob Close and Tereasa Hobbs.

Harrow-Balmoral won the champion club, represented by Rob Close and Tereasa Hobbs.

Kalkee's Paul Christian presented with his HDFNL Life Membership by Greg Goldsmith.

Kalkee’s Paul Christian presented with his HDFNL Life Membership by Greg Goldsmith.

Congratulations to coach of the year Scott Carey of Swifts and Auskick coach of the year Matt Treacy of Noradjuha-Quantong!

Congratulations to coach of the year Scott Carey of Swifts and Auskick coach of the year Matt Treacy of Noradjuha-Quantong!

It's a three-way tie in C Grade! Harrow-Balmoral's Kathryn Bowles, Kalkee's Lisa Fulton and Jeparit-Rainbow's Chantelle Fisher share best and fairest honours on 20 votes ahead of Noradjuha-Quantong's Jess Reinheimer, 19.

It’s a three-way tie in C Grade! Harrow-Balmoral’s Kathryn Bowles, Kalkee’s Lisa Fulton and Jeparit-Rainbow’s Chantelle Fisher share best and fairest honours on 20 votes ahead of Noradjuha-Quantong’s Jess Reinheimer, 19.

Horsham District Football Netball League vote count, with Harrow-Balmoral's Sherryn Simpson, right, winning the C Reserve best and fairest on 27 votes from Kalkee's Claire Mackay, 20.

Horsham District Football Netball League vote count, with Harrow-Balmoral’s Sherryn Simpson, right, winning the C Reserve best and fairest on 27 votes from Kalkee’s Claire Mackay, 20.

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