The prestigious Ovens and Murray Morris Medal was held on Monday night with Yarrawonga Football Netball Club players again featuring well.
Veteran utility Ross Mulquiney claimed his third but first outright Leo Burke reserves medal after previously sharing the award in 2013 and 2016.
Mulquiney, who contemplated retirement last season, polled in 12 of the 18 home and away rounds featuring seven best on ground performances, eventually winning with 27 votes from last year’s runner-up, Albury ruckman Oliver McEwan (24) and Myrtelford’s Jeremy Schifferle (18).
In accepting his medal Mulquiney thanked club sponsors and the umpires acknowledging it is a difficult job.
“To the football club and our major partners, ClubMulwala and Kennedy Builders, it’s difficult to get football and netball clubs together in the one place at the one time. Like one of our coaches says, things are never as good nor bad as they seem.
“It is very difficult to keep them together but I am very thankful for the period of time I have been at the football club, we have been a very good one and I hope that continues,” Mulquiney said.
To cap off a great night for the Mulquiney family Ross’s wife Lauren was awarded life membership after racking up 250 A-Grade games during the season.
Other Pigeons that featured well on the night were Bridget Cassar (B Grade) and Eliza York (C Grade) both winning netball hotshots awards for shooting accuracy.
Elle Brooks finished fourth in the A Grade vote count and won the O&M U17 Interleague MVP.
Lily Sharp was awarded the O&M U17 Interleague Players’ Player.
Young gun Tilly Kennedy was a Netball Rising Star Nominee.
And in football exciting youngsters Ned Mullins and Jack Sexton were both Football Rising Star Nominees.