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PHOTOS | Winners galore at Wimmera football and netball Toohey and Hatcher Medal count

Dan Mendes, Emma Buwalda and Ryan Kemp, along with Nick Peters won the WFL and WNA's highest honours.


CELEBRATIONS: Toohey Medallists Dan Mendes, Ararat, left, and Ryan Kemp, Horsham, flank Hatcher Medallist Emma Buwalda of Horsham. Nick Peters of Warrack Eagles also won the Toohey Medal. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER.

By DEAN LAWSON
An exciting and rare three-way football tie and confirmation of a burgeoning netball talent highlighted a big night of sporting celebration in Horsham.
In a shock Wimmera Football League best and fairest vote count, three players – from Ararat, Horsham and Warrack Eagles – won the P. J. Toohey Medal.

Nick Peters side-steps Tim Bone, Nhill vs Warrack Eagles.
*on teamsheet as Jake Peters


Nick Peters.



Midfield stars Dan Mendes from Ararat and Nick Peters, Warrack Eagles, and Horsham forward Ryan Kemp all polled 20 votes to share Wimmera football’s highest individual accolade.
It was only the second time in league history there has been a three-way tie.
There was a three-way tie for this year’s Toohey Medal. Ryan Kemp,  Horsham, Dan Mendes, Ararat, and Nick Peters, represented by Adrian Bibby, centre, Warrack Eagles, took out the Wimmera’s highest individual football accolade. Horsham coach Deek Roberts claimed runner-up honours on 16 votes, followed by Stawell’s Naish McRoberts and Horsham Saints’ Luke Fisher, absent, on 15. The best under-21 player award went to Naish McRoberts from Stawell

There was a three-way tie for this year’s Toohey Medal. Ryan Kemp, Horsham, Dan Mendes, Ararat, and Nick Peters, represented by Adrian Bibby, centre, Warrack Eagles, took out the Wimmera’s highest individual football accolade. Horsham coach Deek Roberts claimed runner-up honours on 16 votes, followed by Stawell’s Naish McRoberts and Horsham Saints’ Luke Fisher, absent, on 15. The best under-21 player award went to Naish McRoberts from Stawell


The previous occasion was in 1987 when Andrew Johns, Horsham, Darren Lloyd, Minyip, and Tony Beck, Stawell, had the experience.
All three players polled exactly the same type of votes, with five threes, two twos, and solitary one votes. This meant that even if the league had a countback process in place, the players could not be separated.
The presentation dinner in Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College hall was a celebration of Wimmera Football League and Wimmera Netball Association.

Horsham goalie Emma Buwalda is this year’s Heather Hatcher Medal winner! Buwalda, 27 votes, won the Wimmera’s top A Grade individual accolade from Horsham Saints midcourter Ashlee Grace, 23 votes. The pair will meet in Saturday’s grand final. Last year’s winner Emma Koschitzke, second from right, and Warrack Eagles team-mate Megan Werner, centre, tied for third on 20 votes. Buwalda also won the best under-21 player award for the second consecutive year. Krystal Fisher won an encouragement award.

Horsham goalie Emma Buwalda is this year’s Heather Hatcher Medal winner! Buwalda, 27 votes, won the Wimmera’s top A Grade individual accolade from Horsham Saints midcourter Ashlee Grace, 23 votes. The pair will meet in Saturday’s grand final. Last year’s winner Emma Koschitzke, second from right, and Warrack Eagles team-mate Megan Werner, centre, tied for third on 20 votes. Buwalda also won the best under-21 player award for the second consecutive year. Krystal Fisher won an encouragement award.

An A Grade netball count for the Hatcher Medal marked the start of major celebrations when Horsham shooter Emma Buwalda, 18, clinched the award with 27 votes. The gifted teenager, daughter of former Horsham and Horsham Saints footballer Chris and wife Mary, won from Horsham Saints centre Ashlee Grace, 23, and Warrack Eagles duo Megan Werner and Emma Koschitzke, 20.
An excited and shaking Buwalda said after the count she did not expect to win the medal despite a strong year under the ring.
“There are so many amazing girls in our team and in the league,” she said.
“I can’t even process it at the moment. It is a bit of a shock but also very exciting.”
Buwalda, now trying to refocus on an A Grade grand final against Horsham Saints this weekend, said her parents were her greatest inspiration. She added that Horsham A Grade coach Pauline Butler had been the major influence on her netball.
“I don’t think I would have achieved anything in netball without her guidance,” she said.

Horsham goalie Emma Buwalda, second from right, is this year’s Heather Hatcher Medal winner. Buwalda, 27 votes, won the Wimmera’s top A Grade individual accolade from Horsham Saints midcourter Ashlee Grace, left, 23 votes. The pair will meet in Saturday’s grand final. Last year’s winner Emma Koschitzke, centre,  and Warrack Eagles team-mate Megan Werner, second from left, tied for third on 20 votes. Ararat's Krystal Fisher, right, won an encouragement award.

Horsham goalie Emma Buwalda, second from right, is this year’s Heather Hatcher Medal winner. Buwalda, 27 votes, won the Wimmera’s top A Grade individual accolade from Horsham Saints midcourter Ashlee Grace, left, 23 votes. The pair will meet in Saturday’s grand final. Last year’s winner Emma Koschitzke, centre, and Warrack Eagles team-mate Megan Werner, second from left, tied for third on 20 votes. Ararat’s Krystal Fisher, right, won an encouragement award.


Drama
Buwalda’s win was a precursor to the drama that followed in the senior football count.
As officials counted votes round by round, it quickly became obvious the stars of Wimmera league would feature prominently.
Horsham coach Deek Roberts, who missed much of the second half of the season with injury, polled heavily early, alongside Ararat’s Mendes, Horsham Saints coach Luke Fisher and Stawell talent Naish McRoberts.
After 13 rounds, Mendes held a four-vote lead on the then ineligible Roberts with Peters and Kemp eight and nine votes off the pace respectively.
But Kemp and Peters powered home with votes in the final rounds and caught Mendes at the deathknock.
It was the first league medal that 30-year-old Mendes, who originally played with Vermont before shifting to Ararat, had won.
While confirming his return to Ararat next year, he described the win as the highlight of his career.
Quietly spoken Kemp, 21, also rated his medal, alongside a premiership with Horsham last year, as his greatest football achievement.
“I didn’t really know how I would go and it was pretty tight. It was good to finish strongly,” he said.
Ryan Kemp, Horsham, WFL leading gola kicker for 2018.

Ryan Kemp, Horsham, WFL leading gola kicker for 2018.

Kemp also won the league’s goal-kicking award with 71 goals.
Warrack Eagles’ home-grown Nick Peters, who lives in Ballarat and played a prominent and match-winning role with the team this year, was absent from the count.
Eagles president Adrian Bibby accepted the medal on Peters’ behalf. McRoberts won an under-21 award.
Award presentations attracted consistent audience plaudits with Horsham Saints’ Gavin Kelm, 42, joining league legends Peter Morrison and Terry Davis as the only players to win senior Toohey and reserves Hank Neil medals. Kelm was a runaway Hank Neil medallist, winning the award 20 years after his Toohey Medal success.

Cousins Sherri Hicks and Gavin Kelm, Hicks won the C Grade best and fairest and Kelm the reserves.

Cousins Sherri Hicks and Gavin Kelm, Hicks won the C Grade best and fairest and Kelm the reserves.

Kelm’s cousin Sherri Hicks, also Horsham Saints, won a netball C Grade best and fairest award.
Wimmera netball life-memberships to Colene Matthews of Stawell and Jane Robinson, Horsham, and a volunteer award to Vernetta Taylor, Horsham Saints, attracted standing ovations.

Vernetta Taylor, volunteer of the year, Horsham Saints, presented by Cathie Weidemann.

Vernetta Taylor, volunteer of the year, Horsham Saints, presented by Cathie Weidemann.

Colene Matthews and Jane Richardson, WNA Life Members.

Colene Matthews and Jane Richardson, WNA Life Members.


Stawell’s Courtney McIlvride won a B Grade netball count with 22 votes from Eadie Garth-Lindsay, Minyip-Murtoa 21, Rob Bell of Nhill was Auskick Coach of the Year and Horsham Football Netball Club was club champion.
Other awards: Champion footballer, Nick Peters; opposition star player, Nick Peters, Tom Taurau, Stawell; reserves goal-kicking, Michael Saunders, Southern Mallee Giants; rising star, Jordan Delahunty, Minyip-Murtoa.
Horsham Football Netball Club are the WFL champion club. Geoff Lord with the award.

Horsham Football Netball Club are the WFL champion club. Geoff Lord with the award.

Best opposition player Tom Taurau, Stawell.

Best opposition player Tom Taurau, Stawell.

WFL Rising Star, Jordan Delahunty, Minyip-Murtoa.

WFL Rising Star, Jordan Delahunty, Minyip-Murtoa.

The B Grade count was a thriller, with Stawell midcourter Courtney McIlvride, represented by her Mum Lisa,  claiming victory on 22 votes, one ahead of Minyip-Murtoa defender Eadie Garth-Lindsay. Ararat centre-court player Olivia West, absent, was third on 20 votes. Megan Byrne, right, won an encouragment award.

The B Grade count was a thriller, with Stawell midcourter Courtney McIlvride, represented by her Mum Lisa, claiming victory on 22 votes, one ahead of Minyip-Murtoa defender Eadie Garth-Lindsay. Ararat centre-court player Olivia West, absent, was third on 20 votes. Megan Byrne, right, won an encouragment award.

Ararat team mates celebrate Dan Mendes winning the Toohey Medal. There was a three-way tie for this year’s Toohey Medal.  Nick Peters, Warrack Eagles, Dan Mendes, Ararat, and Ryan Kemp, Horsham, took out the Wimmera’s highest individual football accolade. Horsham coach Deek Roberts claimed runner-up honours on 16 votes, followed by Stawell’s Naish McRoberts and Horsham Saints’ Luke Fisher on 15. The best under-21 player award went to Naish McRoberts from Stawell

Ararat team mates celebrate Dan Mendes winning the Toohey Medal. There was a three-way tie for this year’s Toohey Medal. Nick Peters, Warrack Eagles, Dan Mendes, Ararat, and Ryan Kemp, Horsham, took out the Wimmera’s highest individual football accolade. Horsham coach Deek Roberts claimed runner-up honours on 16 votes, followed by Stawell’s Naish McRoberts and Horsham Saints’ Luke Fisher on 15. The best under-21 player award went to Naish McRoberts from Stawell

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