Clunes  recruit  rewarded  for  strong  performance

HE was touted as one of Clunes’ big recruits in season 2014 and young gun Nick Hind didn’t disappoint.

The Courier Footballer of the Year winner Nick Hind, of Clunes.

The Courier Footballer of the Year winner Nick Hind, of Clunes.

The star half-back, who returned to the club from East Point in the off-season, capped a brilliant campaign in Magpies colours with the The Courier Footballer of

the Year award on Monday night.

Hind, who also played an important role in the Central Highlands Football League’s country championships win over Loddon Valley, polled 30 votes to be two clear of Springbank’s Geoff Taylor Medallist Luke Fisher.

Skipton’s Cam Valentine was third, a further four votes behind.

The award is based on 3-2-1 votes from opposition clubs throughout the home and away rounds.

Meanwhile, Hepburn took home the Merv and Mary Howard Champion Club shield.

A sliding points system is used for wins in all football and netball grades throughout the season, with the Burras taking over the mantle

from last year’s winners Springbank.

They finished on 271.5 points, clear of Bungaree (261.5) and the Tigers (236).

In other presentations, Gordon’s Corey Grills was named CHFL coach of the year for his efforts in taking the Eagles to second-place on the ladder, while Clive Raak won the Goldfields Coaches Association coach of the year for his performance with the Burras in 2014.

Ballan had a clean sweep in the league goal-kicking awards, with Bernard Whelan (100 goals) winning the reserves and Zac Peoples (83 goals) leading the seniors.

The other main presentation of the night went to long-time Waubra servant and

current CHFL board member Doug Hobson, who was awarded life membership of the league.

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