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Madi medal motivation By David Nagel Berwick skipper Madi Andrews will be hoping history repeats itself after claiming his second Norm Walker Medal for best and fairest in the South East Football Netball League on Monday night. Andrews took ‘Normie’ home in 2015 before leading the Wickers to a drought-breaking premiership win against Cranbourne. He will lead the Wickers into battle once again against Narre Warren in Saturday’s grand final at Holm Park Reserve. On what was a great night for past winners, Andrews polled 28 votes to win by eight from three-time winner Scott Meyer. The Beaconsfield ruckman was a surprise leader after Round 5, polling a near-perfect 14 votes to lead by five from Doveton’s Russell Gabriel, and eight from Tooradin’s Aisakie O’hAilpin and Berwick pair Bryce Rutherford and Andrews. The Berwick skipper drew within one of Meyer after round 10 and charged to the lead in the latter rounds of the season. Gabriel would finish second, on 24 votes, but was ineligible to win the award. Andrews, who finished equal-second last year, despite playing only eight games, said he thoroughly enjoyed a full season of footy in 2017. “I had a bit of time off last year, and I think doing that really worked well for my footy,” the 26-year-old said. “I just wanted to get away, and I think doing that really re-energised my footy and I just feel a lot more motivated this year. I just felt like I needed to get fitter to move with the game, and I probably felt like I was getting a little bit too heavy and the game was going past me a bit. “I just wanted to take my fitness to the next level and that’s helped my footy a lot.” Andrews is widely regarded as the best gutrunner in the business, breaking down opposition tags with an unquenchable work ethic. He said it’s the part of his game that is the key to his success.

into the count. “No to be honest, there’s a lot of amazing players in our league, and I went away for a few games, so I honestly didn’t think I was a chance,” Cecil said, before explaining why she loves playing in defence. “I love playing goal keeper because I play with Sharni Lambden and she is absolutely incredible to play with and I love teaming up with her.” SEFNL AWARD WINNERS

Berwick skipper Madi Andrews, left, won his second SEFNL best and fairest award on Monday night. He won by eight votes from three-time winner Scott Meyer. 172768 Pictures: MICHAEL KOMPA-SEFNL “Growing up, that’s what my old man drilled into me the most. I never had the most talent, and I just prided myself on working harder than anyone else,” he said. “I would like to give a big thank you to the footy club, to Stew (coach Stewart Kemperman) for coming on board - he put a lot of faith in me this year - and a really big thank you to my old man (Bruce Andrews). “He’s played a really big part in my footy ca-

reer, he’s driven me all the way, and I wouldn’t be half the player I am right now without him.” And the A Grade netball best and fairest award was also dominated by past winners, with Cranbourne defender Tara Cecil now a three-time winner after a three-vote victory over Narre Warren’s 2014 winner Erin Clark. Clark charged through the pack to finish second, unable to catch the 2011 and 2013 winner who didn’t give herself much of a chance heading

FOOTBALL BEST AND FAIREST WINNERS SENIORS Madi Andrews Berwick 28 RESERVES Jack Wheeler Narre Warren 13 U19A Peter Alier Beaconsfield 18 U19B Rhys Simmons Officer SFC 12 MVP Bryce Rutherford Berwick LEADING GOALKICKERS Seniors: Nick Scanlon (Narre Warren) 61, Reserves: Mitchell Cowan (Narre Warren) 36, Under 19A: James McLean (Berwick) 39, Under 19B: Brayden Carr (Pakenham) 30. COACH OF THE YEAR Heath Black Narre Warren MARK OF THE YEAR Harrison Money Berwick GOAL OF THE YEAR Reece Piper Berwick NETBALL A GRADE Tara Cecil Cranbourne 25 B GRADE Meaghan Winter Pakenham 19 C GRADE Maddison Maund Narre Warren 26 D GRADE Charli Howe Doveton 21 Taylah Boatwood Narre Warren 21 17U RED Caitlin Egan Narre Warren 23 17U WHITE Charli Howe Doveton 29 15U RED Ellie Keen ROC 23 15U WHITE Tiahnee Sturdy Doveton 22 13U RED Holly Moulday Berwick 30 13U WHITE Tayla Ferguson ROC 19 MVP Alanah Hardy Cranbourne COACH OF THE YEAR Kelly Andrews Tooradin-Dalmore VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Shona Wells Tooradin-Dalmore CLUB AWARDS NETBALL Narre Warren FOOTBALL Berwick OVERALL Narre Warren

Johnson’s rise to the top By David Nagel A switch from the floorboards to the football fields has paid off handsomely for Beaconsfield ruckman Samantha Johnson who took home the South Eastern Womens Football division two best and fairest award on Wednesday night. Johnson was joined by division one winner Amy Harrison from the Gippsland Maroons, and Development League winner Sophie Bolding from the Bass Coast Breakers, as the big winners on a night when the league celebrated its inaugural season of competition. Johnson’s rise to prominence has been most impressive, with the 25-year-old playing her first season of football after playing basketball since the age of seven. A shoulder injury was hampering her basketball career, so she decided to switch sports - a great move that has well and truly paid off. “I’m pretty shocked to be honest; it’s my first year of football so I wasn’t really expecting something like this to happen,” Johnson said, before explaining how she first became involved in the sport. “A couple of friends from school asked me to go the Narre Warren Football Club, but that didn’t end up going ahead. One of the guys from Beaconsfield - I’m pretty close with his sister - he asked me down to training and it all went pretty much from there.” Johnson, who played in Sunday’s grand final

win over Endeavour Hills, said she had enjoyed the roller-coaster ride of a football season. “With any sport you get the highs and the lows, but with football the massive part for me was just learning new things in a new sport that I’ve never tried before,” she said. “Mark Hornstra and Nicky Eakins, they got me there in the first place, and Scott Hilton my coach has been a massive support for me. He’s always had my back and believed in me and pushed me to my limits ... I just want to keep learning and see where it all takes me I guess.” The sky would appear to be the limit for the talented tall, who only truly believes now the words of those who have encouraged her along the way. “A lot of people have told me I have potential, but I’ve never really seen it in myself until tonight, being awarded the best and fairest. I’d love to see where it goes, but I’ll probably stick at Beaconsfield next year, I absolutely love the club and the support they’ve given me this year. But we’ll see what happens; I’m pretty much open to anything right now.” Harrison’s division one win was also surprising, given the Maroons missed out on a finals berth this season. But it’s not surprising given the football apprenticeship she has served under one of the greats of the women’s game. “I’ve only played footy for two or three years, but I had the best exposure imaginable, playing at the VU Western Spurs under Debbie

SEWF AWARD WINNERS Beaconsfield's Samantha Johnson, left, was all smiles after winning the SEWF division 2 best and fairest award. Runner up, Mornington's Elizabeth Muir, stands proudly Picture: DAVID NAGEL beside her. 172622 Lee,” Harrison said. “My apprenticeship in footy has been one of the best you can get, with her at the helm, and I’m incredibly grateful for that. I’m a little bit overwhelmed to have won this actually, it’s something I wasn’t expecting considering the finish we had as a team.”

DIVISION 1 Amy Harrison Gippsland Maroons DIVISION 2 Samantha Johnson Beaconsfield DEV. LEAGUE Sophie Bolding Bass Coast Breakers MVP Tara Bohanna Eastern Devils LEADING GOAL KICKERS Division 1 Shae Dale Eastern Devils Division 2 Shae Frazer Beaconsfield Development Lynette Patten Colts COACH OF THE YEAR Megan Snart Eastern Devils VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Ella Angarane Bass Coast Breakers

15 votes 18 votes 26 votes

19 Goals 33 Goals 61 Goals

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News - Berwick - 14th September 2017  
News - Berwick - 14th September 2017