THE 2015 Central Highlands Best and Fairest Dinner took place on Monday night with pleasant surprises for some and a three-way tie in the A Grade netball. Springbank’s Kelly Conroy, Ballan’s Stacey Casella and Skipton’s Stacey Rea tied on 26 votes with Buninyong’s Tillie Avery one vote behind with 25.
This is the first time in CHNL that three players had been declared best and fairest.
Ballan’s captain Stacey Casella said it was an honour to be named joint winners with the other pair. “They’re really tough players, I don’t like having to play on them so it’s a big honour,” she said. Kelly Conroy, who has played with the Ballarat Sovereigns, said her focus would remain on the finals. “It’s great to have this trophy and be recognised as the best and fairest but to be in the finals on the weekend, there is nothing better than that,” she said. Last year’s runner-up in the vote count, Skipton coach Stacey Rea, added the trophy compliments last year’s premiership medal. “To win it last year was great so that’s what we’re all focused on now, trying to go just as far again,” Rea said. “I want to thank the Skipton club which we (with husband Matt) have been a part of for four years now, it’s amazing and I can’t see us leaving anytime soon.” In the B-grade competition, Springbank’s Bree Hearn polled 30 votes ahead of Melissa Conroy from Ballan on 25.
In C-grade, Waubra’s Karen Molloy easily won on 37 votes ahead of Sheree Sedgwick from Learmonth on 29 votes.