HEPBURN captain Erin Richardson is the Central Highlands Netball League 2013 best and fairest winner after dominating last night's vote count at the Ballarat Lodge.
Richardson polled votes in 15 of the 17 home and away matches, including 11 best on ground performances to finish on 39 votes, ahead of Springbank's Kellie Sommerville on 30 and Buninyong's Tillie Avery on 26.
At 38 years of age Richardson had contemplated retirement after finishing runner up in both last year's count and A grade grand final, but is now over the moon with her decision to stick with the Burras for one more year.
"I'm lucky to be able to play in a position (wing attack) that isn't dominant or strenuous on my body, and it's allowed me to stay in the game for a long time," Richardson said.
"I'm probably much fitter than I have been in previous years, and I'll definitely keep playing on after this."
Richardson has attributed her success to coach Gary Cooke, who also played in the wing attack position during his playing days, and AFL legend Tom Hafey, who ventured to down to Hepburn to give the club a pre-finals pep talk two weeks ago.
"Tom's one of those people who's very driven and goes out to set and meet a lot of goals on a day to day basis," Richardson said.
"What he said resonated strongly with myself and the playing group, and we were fortunate to have such a great motivation boost heading into finals."
The Bungaree Football Netball Club enjoyed a stellar night in the B grade division, with Kelly Howard taking the best and fairest award alongside Rokewood-Corindhap's Karlie Handford on 29 votes apiece, while Bungaree's Kerryn Drew finished third on 25.
Earlier in the night Bungaree also took home the C grade trophy, courtesy of Jane Hodge, who eased to victory with a staggering 41 votes.
Hepburn's Laiken Yanner finished second on 28 votes, while Buninyong's Laura Simpson finished third on 23.