Spences double in LVNA awards

MITIAMO goal attack Laura Spence had many reasons to celebrate at yesterday’s Loddon Valley Netball Association best and fairest count.

A remarkable day for the Spence family included 23-year-old Laura winning the A-grade award and her mum, Raelene being declared the C-reserve competition’s best player.

Daughter and mother had won the LVNA’s top award before.

Laura was the A-grade champion in 2009, which was several years after Raelene had done so.

“Winning a league best and fairest, especially for the second time means a lot, as does mum’s award win,” Laura said.

Now their focus switches to Saturday’s grand finals in which Laura and the rest of the Jen Morrison-coached A-grade team from Miti take on YCW.

A big day for the Spence family includes Laura’s sister, Raquel playing in B-grade, and Raelene will also be chasing grand final glory with the Superoos.

First and second in the A-grade award, Laura Spence and YCW star Jamie-Lee Clohesy will be at opposite ends of the court.

“I am yet to play in an A-grade premiership, and YCW will be tough to beat,” said Laura Spence, who is a fourth-year PE-Health Education student at La Trobe University Bendigo.

Loddon Valley Netball Association awards:

A-grade best and fairest: Laura Spence, Mitiamo. A-grade runner-up: Jamie-Lee Clohesy, YCW.

B-grade best and fairest: Kylie Addlem, Bears Lagoon-Serpentine. B-grade, joint runners-up: Amy Buckell, YCW, and Emma Baldwinson, Mitiamo.

C-grade best and fairest: Chloe Pantazis, Newbridge. C-grade, joint runners-up: Amy Mountjoy, Bears Lagoon-Serpentine, and Kristy Fennell, Bridgewater.

C-reserve best and fairest: Raelene Spence, Mitiamo. C-reserve runner-up: Janelle Hansen.

17-under best and fairest: Zoe Kennedy, Pyramid Hill. 17-under runner-up: Jaime Dingwall, Pyramid Hill.

15-under best and fairest: Julia Twigg, Mitiamo. 15-under runner-up: Alyce Falls, Mitiamo.

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