YOUNG gun Brendan Myers enhanced his status as one of the Riverina’s most promising footballers with victory in Wagga Tigers’ best and fairest.
The 17-year-old etched his name into Tigers’ history books when he became one of the youngest ever winners of the award.
A shocked Myers accepted the award at Tigers’ presentation night at the Robert Hughes Clubrooms on Friday night.
Adding to the enormity of the win was the fact Myers played just eight of Tigers 16 home and away games in what was a premiership year.
The Mater Dei Catholic College schoolboy said he was honoured to win the award.
“I was pretty shocked. I didn’t expect it,” Myers said.
“I thought Shaun (Campbell) would come away with it.
“It’s a good honour and I really am honoured to win it.”
Myers finished six votes ahead of captain-coach Shaun Campbell to win the award.
In an amazing count, the lead changed five times in the last six rounds. But when Myers polled, he polled strongly with several best-on-ground efforts.
Tigers have conceded they won’t have Myers much next year. He is sure to be busy with under 18 representative commitments and will follow a path taken by the likes of Matt Kennedy and Harry Perryman in recent years with NSW-ACT Rams and the Giants’ Academy.
Myers is looking forward to what lies ahead.
“That’s the plan but I’ll just go with the flow and see what happens,” Myers said.
“I’m really excited. I can’t wait actually.”
While Myers and Campbell finished first and second in Tigers’ vote count, a number of their teammates were also recognised on Friday night.
Canberra-based recruit Dale Walker was named most consistent, while Nick Ryan was awarded best in finals and most courageous.
Nick McCormack took out most improved, Shaun Driscoll won best first year player and Lahn Shephard was named best utility.
Coaches award went to Jackson Kelly and John Buchanan was presented with the leading goalkicker award.
Rachael Addison won the A grade netball best and fairest in their premiership year.
Bance also announced at the presentation night that he will step down from the president’s role at the annual general meeting in December.
“Ten years on the committee is long enough, I’ve been there since we got back from Canberra so it’s time to step aside,” Bance said.
“I’ll still be involved at the club and have a few projects I want to work on.”
With eight teams playing finals, six of which made the grand final, and four premierships, Bance described it as the club’s ‘most successful’ year.
Bance made special mention of the club’s new netball structure.
“We didn’t have a netball president and instead went with a sub-committee and asked a lot of the young girls to step up. They did a brilliant job of running the netball,” Bance said.