PROMISING young attacker Darcy Crawford claimed the 17 and under netball Horsham District best and fairest award on Monday.
The Swifts player attracted 24 votes from umpires during the season to claim a narrow two-vote win ahead of Harrow-Balmoral’s Amber McClure and Jeparit-Rainbow’s Olivia Revell.
It was the closest count of the night.
Crawford said she had enjoyed the season and was looking forward to finals after her side finished second behind Natimuk United.
“I hope we win but its going to be close, especially against Natimuk,” she said.
“We’ve won one and lost so it could go either way.”
The side lost three games during the regular season against Taylors Lake, first-placed Natimuk United and Harrow-Balmoral.
Crawford said it was special to win the award in her final season as a junior.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d poll that well,” she said.
“Honestly, I think this comes down to the team playing so well and the way our coach led us.
“I think to poll well you have to be in a good team.”
She said to make it to finals in her last season of the 17 and under competition.
“We haven’t been this high coming into finals for a long-time.”
Crawford has also enjoyed opportunities to play with the A Grade Swifts team this season which has also made an historic run to final.
She said she wanted to thank the entire club for everything they do.
“It’s an awesome group of people down there,” she said.
“Obviously I need to thank my parents, and my pop for driving me to games when they were away.
“Thanks also to my coach and my teammates, because its an awesome team.”