The Northern Country Women’s League’s night of nights has come and gone as the competition prepares for its inaugural decider this weekend.
Kyneton midfielder Emily Taylor took home the league best-and-fairest award with 14 votes, ahead of Echuca’s Jessica Pitts (12) and Kerang’s Alana Woodward (11).
Taylor’s side missed out on a finals berth and the star was not expecting herself to be a chance to win such a prestigious prize.
‘‘I had no idea I was in the running to win this tonight, I am just stunned and so excited,’’ she said.
‘‘We have had a great year and I really love the club and my teammates and the fun we have had during the season.
‘‘The competition has been fantastic and my own individual performance has improved heaps with Ben’s (Kyneton coach Ben Muir) coaching.’’
Breanna Davison (Shepparton), Molly Giggins (Bendigo Thunder) and Kate Dixon (Echuca) fell just short of a top-three finish, with the trio all tied on 10 votes.
Bendigo Thunder spearhead Erin Ross booted 47 majors in the regular season to win the competition’s goal-kicking award, with Echuca’s Mick McInnes and Kerang’s Nick Hunter being recognised as coach and administrator of the year respectively.
Sunday’s grand final at Bendigo’s Weeroona Oval between Thunder and Benalla begins at 2.30pm.