Uranquinty centre Tameka Scott and CSU Reddies’ goal shooter Brianne Cusack have tied for the the Wagga netball A grade competition’s best and fairest award for this season.
The two finished with 23 votes each, one more than the next placed Morgan Watts, the Turvey Park goal shooter.
Each of the two umpires on each game gave 3-2-1 votes, which meant it was possible for a player to poll anywhere between six votes and one vote per match.
Scott was an early bolter, polling votes in the first four rounds, while the eventual place-getters were not in the picture.
By round five, Scott was eight ahead of team mate, Hannah Finemore and Shooting Stars’ defender, Maddie McIntyre.
After 10 rounds, Scott was still the leader, but New Kids goal attack, Flynn Hogg had worked her way to be just four behind, while Brianne Cusack was a further two votes behind.
Coming home strongly was Turvey’s Morgan Watts, who polled votes in rounds 11, 12 and 13 to draw level with Scott, one vote ahead of Cusack.
In a tense finish to the count, the last votes of the night went to Brianne Cusack taking her to 23, equal with Scott, with Watts one vote behind the pair.
Hogg finished in fourth position, with 20 votes, whilst Alannah Cusack polled 19 to finish fifth.
In other awards presented at the function, hosted by the Uranquinty Netball Club at the Wagga Rules Club, Amanda McLachlan was named the Senior Umpire of the year, with Ruby Vonarx and Maddie Harpley sharing the award of Junior Umpires of the Year.
The New Kids Netball Club was presented with the Club Championship Shield, and Ruby Gillard and Lucy McIntyre were the recipients of the 2018 netball scholarships.
Della Winnel was presented with Wagga netball’s Volunteer of the Year award, and Life Membership was awarded to long-serving officials, Sue O’Leary and Leanne Frow.