Newman nets Betty Thompson Medal yet again

GISBORNE centre Tiana Newman became a dual winner of the Betty Thompson Medal at Sunday's count for the Bendigo Football Netball League's A-grade netball best and fairest.

Newman, pictured above with Betty Thompson, won the prestgious award in 2009 and has had another superb season for Gisborne.

"To win this award means a lot.

"Betty Thompson is a legend of netball," Newman said.

The Gisborne ace will be chasing another medal when her club contests an A-grade grand final for the first time this Saturday.

"We've had a great season so far," said Newman, who was voted best-on-court in four matches and polled two votes in six other contests.

"Our recruits have played well and a lot of other girls have lifted their play as the season has gone on."

Among the newcomers at Gisborne are Maddi Exell at goal attack.

"She's been brilliant in a lot of matches for us."

Newman, 23, first played A-grade for Gisborne when she was 18.

Betty Thompson Medallist Tiana Newman

"A lot of work has gone in to getting to a grand final.

"Our defensive play is a major strength."

Runner-up for the medal was Golden Square's Allira Holmes.

Recruited from Cohuna Kangas, Holmes polled 19 votes in her first year in the BFNL.

Maryborough's Alicia Cassidy was third on 18 votes, with Castlemaine's Meg Gilbert and Kangaroo Flat's Alicia McGlashan on 17.

Newman's focus is now on the grand final.

"Kangaroo Flat played really well to come back and win on Saturday night."  

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