Swifts celebrate 2017 season

SWIFTS Football Netball Club has capped off its 2017 season with best and fairest vote counts.

The club hosted its junior and senior award presentations on September 22 and 23 respectively, with both nights well attended.

In a historic move, the A Grade netball and senior football best and fairest awards were renamed after club stalwarts Deb Carey and Trevor Skurrie for the first time.

Club president Steve Hoffman said it was important to recognise the contributions of both Carey and Skurrie.

The club also introduced the David Stanes memorial award.

This was presented by Teresa Stanes to Luke Stevens for his consistency and effort in training and working hard throughout the season. 

The award was donated by the family of David Stanes in memory of the former Swifts member.

“The David Stanes memorial award reflects what David was all about,” Mr Hoffman said. 

Ben Taylor upset Scott Carey to take out the 2017 Trevor Skurrie Medal as Swifts’ best and fairest senior footballer for the season at the club’s vote count on Saturday night.

The reserves football team was the tightest vote count on Saturday night, with Jason Chevalier and Damien Smith tying for first and Mark St Clair and Jakeb Brown tying for runners-up. 

Jade Cleary edged out Courtney Morrow to claim the Deb Carey Medal for the A Grade best and fairest. 

Under-17 Darcy Crawford won the B Grade best and fairest with 38 votes ahead of Chantelle Barber and Emma Bourke who polled 32 votes each. 

Jade Bird took home the C Grade best and fairest. 

Linda Kelly was the C Reserve best and fairest award. 

The story Ben Taylor wins Swifts’ best and fairest first appeared on The Wimmera Mail-Times.

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