Hayden has the Wright stuff

Hayden Wright

Hayden Wright

Midfielder Hayden Wright was crowned the 2017 Eddie Scarff Medallist as the senior football best and fairest for the White Hills Football Netball Club.

Wright polled 39 votes to win his first Eddie Scarff Medal, four votes ahead of defender Jake Dickens and ruckman Lachlan Sidebottom. Dickens led the count into the final round, before Wright polled two best on grounds to claim the coveted award.

It was an even closer count in the A-Grade netball, with centre Lauren Bowles and defender Anna-Grace Close sharing best and fairest honours from Brooke Watson. Both had outstanding seasons, with Close also runner up in the league medal, while Bowles missed the first five matches after giving birth in March.

The Deane family of Ian, Jacinta, Hayden and Emalee were recognised for their outstanding volunteer contribution becoming the inaugural recipients of the club’s Heart and Soul award.

The club also celebrated the careers of retiring netballers, Janene Cass and Lisa Argus.

Argus, a 22-year champion of the club, retires as the club’s games record holder after playing game 350 earlier this year. She is an eight-time premiership player, won 10 club best and fairest awards and is a dual league medalist among a host of other awards.

Cass, an 18-year champion of the club, retires as a seven time A-Grade premiership player, league medalist and six time club best and fairest winner.

The night finished up another successful season for the club, with the Demons winning the HDFNL’s Syd Wickham Memorial Trophy as champion club for 2017.

White Hills awards:

Football – reserves best and fairest: Jasper Ibbeson-Coatsworth. Under-17 best and fairest: Hayden Deane. Netball – A-reserve best and fairest: Sarah Nash. B-grade best and fairest: Jessica Sawyer. B-reserve best and fairest: Jodi Symes. Under-17 best and fairest: Brianna Hamblin. Under-15 best and fairest: Madison Osborn.