Leitchville-Gunbower keeper nets A-grade best and fairest

CLOSE CALL: Leitchville-Gunbower goalkeeper Jodie Lake makes her acceptance speech. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

CLOSE CALL: Leitchville-Gunbower goalkeeper Jodie Lake makes her acceptance speech. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

GOALKEEPER at Leitchville-Gunbower, Jodie Lake won in a dramatic finish for the Heathcote District Football Netball Association’s A-grade best and fairest award.

A vote separated Lake and Mount Pleasant’s Andrea Wilson after the final card was called on Sunday at Bendigo Club.

Lake polled 24 votes, Wilson ended on 23, with North Bendigo coach Tamara Gilchrist on 22.

The top five was rounded out by Mount Pleasant’s Ashleigh Cole 20, and Colbinabbin’s Olivia McEvoy on 17.

A product of the Bombers’ junior program, Lake did play some seasons in Queensland, at Barooga and Pyramid Hill.

She returned to Leitchville-Gunbower this season.

“It means a lot to be playing in a team coached by Samantha Drover,” she said after being presented with the medal.

“Samantha is more than the coach, she is a great friend.”

The latest league medallist said the standard in the league keeps getting better.

“I have been playing 20 years, but have not won a premiership yet.

“I will keep on trying.”

Leading votes in the HDNA best and fairest awards:

A-reserve: Jordan Arthur (North Bendigo) 23, Natalie Gould (Colbinabbin) 22.

B-grade: Kylie Lamb (White Hills) 17, Amy Kinder (North Bendigo) 17, Kristie Giles (North Bendigo) 17.

B-reserve:  Kristie Fennell (North Bendigo) 26, Marnie Ross (White Hills) 17.

17-under: Sarah Eade (LBU) 28, Karly Mitchell (White Hills) 28, Tannah Couchman (Huntly) 22.

15-under: Breanna Hamblin (White Hills) 27, Dimity Pearson (Colbinabbin) 23. 

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