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Nick Pekin and Brooke Pay honoured in HDFNL best and fairest awards

Harrow-Balmoral coach Nick Pekin and Noradjuha-Quantong defender Brooke Pay capped off stellar seasons by winning Horsham District Football Netball League’s highest individual honours on Monday night. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Harrow-Balmoral coach Nick Pekin and Noradjuha-Quantong defender Brooke Pay capped off stellar seasons by winning Horsham District Football Netball League’s highest individual honours on Monday night. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By SARAH SCULLY
Harrow-Balmoral playing coach Nick Pekin and Noradjuha-Quantong defender Brooke Pay are the toast of Horsham District Football Netball League after winning the competition’s premier individual accolades for 2018.
Pekin polled 19 votes to win the Dellar Medal for the senior best and fairest player at a presentation ceremony in Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran College hall on Monday night.
Pekin played 15 of 16 games this season and polled in eight, including four best-on-ground performances.
He won the accolade from Natimuk United coach Sam Anson, who collected 15 votes in 10 matches, with Laharum’s Angus Martin, 14 votes, named best under-21 player.
Pekin is a multiple Wimmera league premiership player and former Vic Country captain. The Dellar Medal is his highest individual honour.
“You don’t play footy for individual accolades but to have one of these medals wrapped around my neck… I’m very proud of that,” Pekin said.
The hard-working midfielder said he believed coaching had brought out the best in him.
“When it comes to things like this you’re only as good as what you’re surrounded by,” he said.
“To be surrounded by 20 good mates – and hopefully we go all the way this Saturday – that certainly helps in playing your best footy.
“While I’m proud of the achievement, like I said, I’d trade this in any day for a premiership medal around my neck.”
Pekin has an opportunity to add a premiership medal on Saturday when his Southern Roos take on Kalkee at Horsham City Oval.
Pekin said he was confident of his side’s chances.
“You’ve got to be confident – if you don’t have confidence there’s no point going in,” he said.
“The boys really deserve it. Some of those guys have played in five losing grand finals over that time. It would be really pleasing and deserving for those guys to win one.”
A Grade
The A Grade netball count was a thriller, with Pay picking up 26 votes to pip last year’s winner Caitlin Story, of Laharum, by a single vote.
Defenders Casey Vanstan, Natimuk United, and Ebony Salter, Harrow-Balmoral, were hot on their heels on 22 votes. Edenhope-Apsley defender Alex Lang, 15, won the best under-21 player award.
Pay enjoyed eight best-on-court performances in 2018, polling in 10 of the 13 games she played in.
“You don’t play for accolades but when you put in week after week, to get some recognition is nice,” she said.
Pay thanked her Noradjuha-Quantong team-mates and supporters for sticking together through a tough year.
“Our girls have had a year of adversity and I’d say bad luck, but the opportunity to step out on the court each week and keep it together for those girls and act as a leader out there when times were tough is what has made me the player I am this year,” she said.
“Playing netball is about getting out there on the court, being strong, determined women and achieving something together.
“We might not have made finals, but we’ve had a great year.”
Other awards
Harrow-Balmoral also celebrated wins in reserves football, with Ben Deutscher claiming the Richie Dunlop Memorial award for the best-and-fairest player.
Deutscher picked up 25 votes to win from Kalkee’s Brendan Hobbs, 25.
Hobbs’ club-mate Jayden Kuhne won the senior leading goal-kicker award on 64 goals, while Harrow-Balmoral’s Quentin Willmott topped the reserves count with 59.
Southern Roos midcourter Janelle Knight scored an impressive win in B Grade, triumphing with 26 votes. The race was tight for runner-up honours, with goalies Lucy King, Noradjuha-Quantong, and Lana Ellis, Pimpinio, tied on 21 votes.
In C Grade action, Noradjuha-Quantong’s Jess Reinheimer went one better than last year, taking out the grade’s top honour. The midcourter polled 26 votes, finishing two votes ahead of Laharum shooter Carmen Dridan.
Pimpinio’s Maree Thompson came out of retirement to win C Reserve, polling 28 votes to win ahead of Harrow-Balmoral’s Elizabeth Hage, 24.
League leaders presented several other awards on the night, with Taylors Lake’s Adam Hill and Harrow-Balmoral’s Pekin winning coaching awards and Swifts’ Ben Taylor judged best opposition player.
Jenny Kirchner won a distinguished service award, Kalkee’s Heath Martin was administrator of the year and Natimuk United won the 2018 club championship.

Congratulations to Noradjuha/Quantong Football Netball Club’s Jess Reinheimer, who has taken out C Grade best and fairest honours on 25 votes, one vote ahead of Laharum Football Netball Club’s Carmen Dridan. Well done girls on a great season!

Congratulations to Noradjuha/Quantong Football Netball Club’s Jess Reinheimer, who has taken out C Grade best and fairest honours on 25 votes, one vote ahead of Laharum Football Netball Club’s Carmen Dridan.

Congratulations to Pimpinio’s Maree Thompson, left, on winning this year’s Horsham District Football Netball League C Reserve best and fairest award on 28 votes! Thompson returned to the competition this season following retirement and will play in the C Res grand final on Saturday. Elizabeth Hage, Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo, was runner up on 24 votes.

Pimpinio’s Maree Thompson,won this year’s Horsham District Football Netball League C Reserve best and fairest award on 28 votes! Thompson returned to the competition this season following retirement and will play in the C Res grand final on Saturday. Elizabeth Hage, Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo, was runner up on 24 votes.

“You certainly don’t coach for awards, but I’ll take it” - congratulations to Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo’s Nick Pekin, Horsham District Football Netball League coach of the year. Pekin paid tribute to his team-mates, fellow coaches and tonight’s meal at Holy Trinity Lutheran College hall. Pekin will lead the Roos into Saturday’s grand final against Kalkee.

“You certainly don’t coach for awards, but I’ll take it” – congratulations to Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo’s Nick Pekin, Horsham District Football Netball League coach of the year.

Distinguished service award, Jenny Kirchner.

Distinguished service award, Jenny Kirchner.

Ben Taylor, Swifts, best opposition player.

Ben Taylor, Swifts, best opposition player.

Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo’s Janelle Knight has claimed this year’s B Grade best and fairest award! Knight polled an impressive 26 votes to claim the accolade ahead of joint runners-up Lucy King, Noradjuha/Quantong Football Netball Club, and Lana Ellis, Pimpinio, on 21 votes.

Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo’s Janelle Knight has claimed this year’s B Grade best and fairest award! Knight polled an impressive 26 votes to claim the accolade ahead of joint runners-up Lucy King, Noradjuha/Quantong Football Netball Club, and Lana Ellis, Pimpinio, on 21 votes.

HDFNL Seniors goalkicker Jayden Kuhne, Kalkee.

HDFNL Seniors goalkicker Jayden Kuhne, Kalkee.

Quentin Willmott, HDFNL Reseves goal kicker, Harrow Balmoral.

Quentin Willmott, HDFNL Reseves goal kicker, Harrow Balmoral.

Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo’s Ben Deutscher is this year’s Richie Dunlop Memorial Award winner, polling 25 votes to win the reserves best and fairest from Kalkee’s Brendan Hobbs, 20.

Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo’s Ben Deutscher is this year’s Richie Dunlop Memorial Award winner, polling 25 votes to win the reserves best and fairest from Kalkee’s Brendan Hobbs, 20.

And it’s a thriller in A Grade! Noradjuha/Quantong Football Netball Club defender Brooke Pay is this year’s best and fairest winner! Pay polled 26 votes from 13 games to claim the honour from last year’s winner Caitlin Story, Laharum Football Netball Club. Edenhope-Apsley Football Netball Club’s Alex Lang collected 22 votes to be named best under-21 player.

Noradjuha/Quantong Football Netball Club defender Brooke Pay is this year’s best and fairest winner! Pay polled 26 votes from 13 games to claim the honour from last year’s winner Caitlin Story, Laharum Football Netball Club. Edenhope-Apsley Football Netball Club’s Alex Lang collected 22 votes to be named best under-21 player.

Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo coach Nick Pekin is this year’s Dellar Medallist! Pekin won on 19 votes ahead of Natimuk United’s Sam Anson, 15. Laharum Football Netball Club’s Angus Martin, 14, won the best under-21 player accolade. Congratulations to you all on a successful season.

Harrow-Balmoral Southern Roo coach Nick Pekin is this year’s Dellar Medallist! Pekin won on 19 votes ahead of Natimuk United’s Sam Anson, 15. Laharum Football Netball Club’s Angus Martin, 14, won the best under-21 player accolade.

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