All the results from the Lakers vote count.By Chalpat Sonti
The Shiels name and Nagambie are synonymous with success and it was no surprise one of them won the club’s top football award on Saturday night.
Mick Shiels was a comfortable winner of the senior football best-and-fairest with 111 votes, placing him 27 ahead of Tyrone Muir. Last year’s winner, Ben Hutton, polled third with 75 votes. It was Shiels’ second club honour, though he’s still got a way to go to catch dad Eddie, who has eight.
But while to outsiders Shiels has been the Lakers main force this year, the onballer doesn’t quite see it that way.
‘‘I probably haven’t been as consistent as other years,’’ the 28-year-old said.
‘‘I’ve had some good games, been injured in a couple and haven’t played well in others.’’
But one of those good games, if not the best, was an unforgettable performance at Stanhope. Shiels had the ball on a string for most of the game, with close to 50 touches against a top-three side.
‘‘You don’t have many like that,’’ he said.
He will be vital to the Lakers’ chances in the finals, and he is bullish.
‘‘We’re probably as good as any side in the league on our day,’’ he said.
‘‘We nearly matched Violet Town last time against a full side and we can do it again.’’
Ultimate glory this year would be sweet for Shiels and his fellow midfielders. Nagambie looked set to challenge the Towners last year before a freak run of injuries saw four mids out with broken legs. There is some unfinished business.
‘‘We’ve probably had the side for the past three years but have had injuries and just haven’t quite got there. If we can get everyone on the park we can get there.’’
Shiels has played almost all his senior football with the Lakers, save for a brief stint at Seymour, and is part of a culture of success.
‘‘We seem to recruit well, have good coaches, (now club president Rob Auld) started this run and Linc (Sullivan) has carried it on and everyone loves playing here.’’
James Forbes had a comfortable win in the reserves best-and-fairest, polling 98 votes, ahead of Ben Robinson (76) and Michael Sloan (72).
In the under-18s it was no surprise to see Nathan Fothergill get home with 111 votes, ahead of Jayden Gleeson on 102 and Kyle Winter-Irving, the competition’s leading goal kicker, on 88.NETBALL
Gemma Barry has set a pretty hard act for anyone to follow — two seasons in A-grade and two best-and-fairests.
The standout defender won’t get a chance to make it a hat trick — she’s shifting to Melbourne next year and will probably give netball a break.
But her time at the Lakers has been an almost continuous highlight — she won the treble last year with a premiership and league best-and-fairest to go with the club honour, and the Lakers are back in the finals in 2013.
Barry’s first season was in an experienced Nagambie side at its peak, but this year she’s been one of the older heads helping mould a youthful line-up together.
‘‘I’ve been playing in a different position (goal defence as opposed to goal keeper last year) and it means I have to run a bit more, so I’ve become a bit fitter,’’ she said.
She was just as surprised as last year to win the Lakers best-and-fairest, scoring 30 votes, to finish ahead of midcourter Tegan Gent (25) and shooter/player-coach Caitlyn McPhee and another midcourter Sarah Shiels (both 16).
‘‘I really thought Teags had a really consistent year and might have got it,’’ Barry said.
‘‘Caitlyn when she’s on fire, she’s unstoppable.’’
Barry, a teacher at Nagambie Primary School, almost seemed lost to Lakers netball this year.
‘‘I wasn’t going to play but Teags and Sarah talked me into it and I’m glad they did. It’s been a lot of fun. This year they’re a much younger side and Caitlyn’s done a great job with them all, credit to her.
‘‘We’ve just got better and better and hopefully we can keep it up in the finals.’’
Another highlight of the night was the effort of Jane Winter-Irving. In a remarkable effort she won the B-grade best-and-fairest and came runner-up in C-grade. And there was no doubling up — she played the first few games for C-grade before her form saw her elevated up a grade.
Winter-Irving polled 28 votes in B-grade to win from Grace Holland (15) and Kate Nolan (11). She got 14 votes in C-grade, which was won in runaway fashion by Jackie Drayton, with 42 votes.
Drayton, who must be in with a big chance at the league awards tonight, incredibly polled maximum in the side’s past eight games. Brittney Goodger was third with nine votes.
Clancey Loughnane (18) won the under-17 award from Hannah Smidt (17) and Sarah Winter-Irving (12), while Maddison Biggs (21) prevailed in the under-15 count ahead of Ashley Wilde (14) and Annie Winter-Iriving (13).
READ ABOUT NAGAMBIE’S COACHING APPOINTMENTS FOR 2014 IN THIS WEEK’S TELEGRAPH.
Under-15 netball runner-up Ashley Wilde and winner Maddison Biggs.
B-grade netball winner (and C-grade runner-up) Jane Winter-Irving and C-grade winner Jackie Drayton.
Under-18 football winner Nathan Fothergill and runner-up Jayden Gleeson.
A-grade netball winner Gemma Barry and runner-up Tegan Gent.
Senior football winner Mick Shiels and runner-up Tyrone Muir.
Under-17 netball winner Clancey Loughnane.
Reserves football winner James Forbes.
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