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Taylah sews up medal early

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September 12, 2017

Waaia star Taylah Shanahan has won the Picola District Netball League south-east best-and-fairest award.

Waaia ace Taylah Shanahan has proved the best in a team of stars, claiming the Picola District Netball League south-east best-and-fairest award.

With a grand final to look forward to this weekend, Shanahan has been a superb contributor in ensuring the Bombers have lost just one game this season.

Shanahan polled 26 votes to take out the Lukies Medal, three ahead of grand final opponent Belinda Rankin of Dookie United.

Starting off the year with a bang, the classy midcourt player was deemed best-on-court in the opening two matches in big wins against Katunga and Katamatite.

Playing in defence and through the midcourt, Shanahan played a key role as part of a structure that conceded the lowest amount of goals across the league.

The former Shepparton A-grade midcourt star transferred to the Bombers this season, bringing her supreme skills to another league.

Having polled her 26 votes by the end of round 15, it was a nervous wait to see if Shanahan could hold on to the title, despite a relatively comfortable buffer.

Tungamah’s Danielle O’Shea and Katunga playing coach Aimee Sidebottom were her closest opponents with 18 votes with three rounds remaining, but they would not be a threat to Shanahan’s medal despite finishing in the top four.

With a brilliant finish to the season talented midcourter Rankin rose up the ranks to claim second position.

Grace Tyack yet again showed her prowess in B-grade, taking out the division’s best-and-fairest award for the second year in a row.

The Katunga ace swept away the rest of her opposition by polling 33 votes, a huge 11 votes ahead of runner-up and Swans teammate Danielle Henderson.

The C-grade medal was awarded to Waaia’s Katie Morris, another solid performer who took out the best-and-fairest seven votes ahead of fellow Bombers star Andrea Walker.

Katandra’s Emily Cooper-Watts was deemed C-reserve’s most superior player on 27 votes.

She claimed the award in front of Rennie’s Laura Nunn and Waaia’s Tearni Williams who finished on 22 votes.

Shepparton East’s Kara Pattison claimed the rising star award after a stirling year in A-grade.

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