MARYBOROUGH'S Billy Mahony and Kangaroo Flat's Chelsea Sartori have capped superb seasons by winning the Bendigo Football Netball League's Rising Star awards.
The announcement was among many highlights at Friday night's pre-Michelsen Medal function at Bendigo Club in Strathdale.
There were close calls in the best and fairest awards for the reserves and under-18 football, and the A-reserve, B-grade, B-reserve and 17-under netball.
Both Rising Star awards were sponsored by Bart 'n' Print.
There were 15 nominees for football's Rising Star award.
Finalists were Strathfieldsaye's Luke Marchesi; Gisborne's Shannon Greetham; Golden Square's Liam Jacques; Castlemaine's Kalan Huntly; Sandhurst's Seb Greene; and Maryborough's Billy Mahony.
A first-year player at Maryborough, Mahony played all 18 games,
There were 10 nominees for netball's Rising Star award.
The other finalists were Sandhurst's Imogen Sexton and Meg Williams; Strathfieldsaye Storm's Zoe Davies; Gisborne's Sammi Cooke; Golden Square's Abbey and Ashley Ryan.
A key mid-court player for the Roos, Sartori will be on court for Sunday afternoon's A-grade second semi-final against Gisborne.
It was a dramatic finish to the counting of votes for the Alan McDonald medal for reserves football best and fairest.
Gisborne's Jason Duff-Tyler and Eaglehawk's Luke Rundell-Gordon were joint winners.
In the under-18s competition, Sandhurst's Tom Broadbent was the George Symons medallist.
The Holborn medal for A-reserve netball was won by Sandhurst's Erica Dalrymple-Monro.
Runner-up was Kangaroo Flat's Simone Butler.
Golden Square's Maddison Kelly was B-reserve best and fairest. Runner-up was Kangaroo Flat's Camille Johnstone.
The B-grade netball award was won by Izzy Paholek from Strathfieldsaye Storm.
Runners-up were Kangaroo Flat's Leah Cannon and Sandhurst's Stacey Rothacker.
Eaglehawk's Toni Burns earned the Carol Sing medal in the under-17s.
Joint runners-up were Gisborne's Rylee Connell and Kangaroo Flat's Milly Wicks.