STAR Melton defender Brooke Thompson has reinforced her dominance in the Ballarat Football Netball League this season.
Thompson last night claimed back-to-back A-grade netball best and fairest honours, in just her second season back with the Bloods.
The 29-year-old sealed the trophy with three votes in a final round game against Redan but was clear ahead in the count, finishing on 32 votes.
Runner-up Stacey McCartin (North Ballarat City) polled 23.
Thompson was absent from the count in Melton last night.
Teammate Melissa McCauley, the league’s leading goal shooter with 450 goals, said Thompson’s award was exciting for the club and great reward for such a selfless but influential Thompson.
“Brooke plays so well and has our best (team) interests at heart,” McCauley said.
“She’s always encouraging when times are tough and there for great support.”
Thompson was the sole Bloods’ netballer to make BFNL team of the year.
Melton netball co-ordinator Kate Williams was named netball administrator of the year.
Thompson arrived back at the Bloods, her junior club, last season after a strong national career with Melbourne Vixens and, before that, the now-defunct Melbourne Kestrels.
She continues to line up in Victorian Netball League’s championships division with VU Western Lightning.
A secondary physical education teacher by trade, Thompson co-captains the Bloods’ A-grade line-up with Brooke Gleeson and the Bloods looked forward to stepping out on court with her again next season.
East Point confirmed its dominance in B-grade netball with Kangaroos teammates Ebony Piera and Zandria Malone dominating the vote count.
Piera earned two votes in the final round’s play against Bacchus Marsh to pip Malone by one vote.
Fellow Roo Sarah Connor also polled strong well, finishing with 19 votes and equal fifth.
Piera said it would have been lovely to share the top honour with Malone but it was a nice surprise to capture the trophy.
East Point looks to continue its stellar season in a grand final showdown against Sunbury on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ballarat defender Emma Quayle won the C-grade best and fairest in her first year back from a knee reconstruction.
Quayle was a convincing winner on 29 votes from Bacchus Marsh’s Lauren Prout.
Darley defender Tarni Lopes has been close in the count for a few years and was happy to finally take home the trophy in the under-18.5 netball.
Lopes tallied 27 votes, ahead of Melton’s Telia Coverdale (24
votes) and Ballarat’s Abbey Wiltshire (22).