C.J. Aiken and Chloe Bibby claim top Braves awards

IMPORT C.J. Aiken and young gun Chloe Bibby have claimed the Bendigo Braves and Lady Braves top individual honours for season 2017.

Aiken, who joined the club a few weeks into the season as a late replacement for Du’Vaughn Maxwell, and Bibby, who this season crossed from the rival Dandenong Rangers, were named their sides’ respective most valuable players.

The awards were presented at the Braves’ presentation night at the Wellington Hotel, but neither player was present due to previous commitments.

Chris Adkins was honoured as the defensive player of the year for the Braves, while Jake Cowling won the coaches award.

For the Lady Braves, guard Bianca Dufelmeier won the best defensive player award, while co-captain and 323-gamer Jane Chalmers was the best team player.

Lewis Beks capped a season in which he made his SEABL debut by winning the Braves Big V development team’s MVP.

Sam Beks won the defensive player of the award and Jack White won the coaches award.

Lady Braves regular Alex Strawhorn was MVP for the development team that was coached by Megan Moody and finished the Big V season in fourth place.

Ahlise Hurst was the best defensive player and Poppy Blanch won the coaches award.

It was a special night for technical officials Catherine and Paul Moller, who were awarded life membership.

The long-serving officials’ daughter Danielle was voted the technical official of the year.