LUKE Bucknall’s consistency has been rewarded after he took out his first Maryborough Football Club senior best and fairest.
The Magpies’ skipper polled 39 votes to defeat key defender Matthew Bond by three votes, with midfielder Evan Hurse a further two votes back in third place.
“The most impressive thing about Luke is the way he’s developed as a captain and leader,’’ Maryborough coach Jeff Brennan said.
“We gave him a lot more responsbility this year and he’s handled it fantastically well.
“It’s a credit to him. He was our most consistent player all year.
“He’s still only young and he’s the player to lead the next generation of Maryborough players.”
Despite playing eight games in the seniors, teenager Luke Vadala won the reserves football best and fairest award.
Vadala polled 34 votes, seven ahead of Jordan Egan on 27.
Alicia Cassidy dominated the A-grade netball award, polling 29 votes – 13 clear of Jodan MacIlwain.
Chloe Egan took out the A-reserve netball award in a thrilling count ahead of Zoey Kerr.
Tracey Smith won the B-grade netball by a massive 21 votes, while Jordan Spokes polled 39 votes to win the B-reserve netball from Sarah Lohmann.
Only three votes separated the top three in the 17-and-under netball count.
Jess Egan won the award by two votes from Shaiden Smith, with Quetta Holloway one vote further back in third place.
Maryborough’s best and fairest awards:
Senior football – 1st: Luke Bucknall 39 votes, 2nd: Matthew Bond 36 votes, 3rd: Evan Hurse 34 votes.
Reserve football – Luke Vadala 34, Jordan Egan 27, Joel Radlof 25 votes.
A-grade netball – 1st: Alicia Cassidy 29 votes, 2nd: Jordan MacIlwain 16 votes, 3rd: Alisha Chadwick 12 votes.
A-reserve netball – 1st: Chloe Egan 22 votes, 2nd: Zoey Kerr 20 votes, 3rd: Paige McLean 17 votes.
B-grade netball – 1st: Tracey Smith 31 votes, 2nd: Jordan Spokes 10 votes, 3rd: Amelia Batson 9 votes.
B-reserve netball – 1st: Jordan Spokes 39 votes, 2nd: Sarah Lohmann 20 votes, 3rd: Jaymie Proctor 19 votes.
17-and-under netball – 1st: Jess Egan 22 votes, 2nd: Shaiden Smith 20 votes, 3rd: Quetta Holloway 19 votes.