Martiniello wins namesake award as Saints best and fairest

By Meg Saultry

Star midfielder Will Martiniello capped off another strong season with Benalla, taking out the best-and-fairest award named after his father John at Saturday’s club presentation night.

Martinello finished ahead of teammate Nick Warnock, whose football found a new lease on life after shifting from forward to centre half-back.

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Other senior awards included leading goal-kicker Brody Webster (45 for the season), while Chris Welsh took out most consistent.

Nick Wood won best team player, Cody Crawford was awarded most improved, while Pat Warner took out best first-year senior player.

In the A-grade netball, defender Chloe Hill won the Robyn Smith Medal from sister Bridget Hill, who also claimed the coaches award. Kelsey Pallpratt rounded out the team awards, named most determined. 

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In the women’s football ranks, skipper Kylie Relf claimed the best-and-fairest award from her vice-captain Ally Ballard.

Hard at it: Kylie Relf claimed the women's best and fairest award for the Saints.

Cheree Tregoning won most consistent, Phoebe Wilson was judged best team player by her leaders, while pocket rocket Aneiki Pierce earned the rising star award.

Other award winners included Holly Foster as most improved and leading goal-kicker Kelsie Piscioneri.

In B-grade netball, Brittany Button won the best-and-fairest award from Mikaela Trethowan, who also claimed most determined, while Sophie Davies was named most consistent. 

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Rounding out senior netball, B-reserve player Molly Doidge finished ahead of runner-up Macey Matthews in the vote count, while Lauren Murphy and Taylah Grubissa were named most consistent and best team player, respectively.

A star of the Saints' future footballing stocks, James Davies, was judged the best under-18 player this season, beating teammate Adam Walsh in the count, while David Button, Charlie Daw, Matt Gillespie and Kieran Linke all won awards.

In the youth girls' count, star forward Tayissa Gray claimed the best-and-fairest award ahead of Samantha Pritchard. Gray also took out the leading goal-kicking award, while Isabella Symes, Keeley Skeeper and Emily Sims all took out club awards.

Gun forward: Tayissa Gray took out the youth girls award ahead of teammate Samantha Pritchard.

And in the junior netball counts, Isabella Riley took home the under-17 best-and-fairest ahead of Pheobe Howard, while Jess Calvert and Lilly Armstrong went first-second in the under-15 count. Emma Purcell and Jozanna Salan took home club awards in the under-17s, while Anna Howell and Kayla Gracie were recognised for their solid seasons with trophies in the under-15s.

In the club awards, Chris Bamford and Luke Morgan were awarded life membership, Meg Morrision and James Martiniello were named best club people, Adam Walsh and Holly Morrison were judged best junior club people, and Chris Welsh was recognised as most courageous with the Brett Cooper Award.