Updated: Oct 20, 2021
MITIAMO captain Laura Hicks has become the most decorated player in Loddon Valley netball history.
Laura on Monday night won a record fourth Helen Ward Medal best and fairest medal with 20 votes, four clear of Maiden Gully’s Tia Webb.
The win came in a disrupted season dominated by the Superoos who dropped just one game.
“It was a hard and difficult year but as a team we played well,” said Laura who has previously taken out the top award in 2009, 2012 and 2016.
“The year was very uncertain and this made it hard to prepare for games.
“We had to cover injuries and also brought up players from B Grade so this year I actually played (mostly goal attack) with three different goalies.”
The team focus was evident with Laura’s vice-captains Amelia Ludeman and Gabe Marlow also finishing on the leaders’ board. Laura polled five best-on-courts, including three in the last four rounds played.
Playing with Mitiamo since a junior, Laura is hopeful the club’s A Grade team will stay together to “improve” on this year’s minor premiership in the abandoned season.
“There are lots of good players in the team,” Laura said.
Monday night’s count was broadcast on radio with a formula of votes divided by the number of games played by clubs used for final awards. The Frank Harding senior football best and fairest was won by first-year Newbridge midfielder Harry Whittle.
The assistant coach finished with 15 votes, two clear of Bears Lagoon Serpentine’s Nathan Twigg.
Whittle took top votes from umpires in the Maroons’ wins over Inglewood and Calivil United and in the round nine loss by 154 points to Marong.