A MOVE to defence culminated in a league best and fairest award for Terang Mortlake’s Libby Moloney.
The Bloods teenager last night polled 33 votes to win the Hampden league’s 13 and under award from Warrnambool’s Sarah Smith (31 votes) and Camperdown’s Chelsea Baker (29).
Libby polled in 15 rounds, including seven best-on-court efforts. She only collected five votes in the early rounds before polling 28 in 14 rounds.
Libby said she moved from goal attack to goal defence this year, where she used her height — she already stands at 170 centimetres — to her advantage.
“It was strange playing there at first but I got used to it,” she said.
“They needed more defenders. I am happy I have the ability to play both ends.”
The vote count came down to the final round.
Libby, whose brother Alex plays football for Geelong Falcons, polled three votes to edge out Sarah.
She said she was nervous throughout the count.
“I didn’t know how to react,” Libby said.
The Mercy Regional College student said she “tried hard” for Terang Mortlake, which finished seventh and missed finals on percentage.