DAVE Murray and Kyme Rowe want to add premiership medallions to their Warrnambool District Hockey Association best and fairest awards.
Murray, 35, won back-to-back men’s honours on Saturday night and will represent Pirates in tomorrow’s decider.
Rowe, 40, collected her first senior women’s title and is eyeing grand final redemption with Saints.
Murray joined the association in the middle of the 2011 after moving from Tasmania.
The New Zealander, who has also collected the men’s top-scorer award the past two seasons, said his win was humbling.
“I was quite surprised. It’s back-to-back. Both years it’s been a great team effort and the scorers get recognition,” Murray said.
Murray said Pirates expected a fierce battle from grand final opponent Strikers.
“We have a very solid defence which is very good and we have a good mix of young and old,” he said.
“There are players like myself who are 35-plus, plus juniors.
“We seemed to have had the edge on them throughout the season.
“It’s been a great team effort all year and it will take an even bigger team effort on Saturday.”
Rowe said she was honoured to win the women’s best and fairest title from Australian Country representative Phoebe Webb.
“It was a shock. I felt that I played fairly well and consistent throughout the year but not that consistent,” she said.
“It didn’t eventuate until the last round. I was happy enough to come second to Phoebe Webb but she got a vote and I got best on ground.”
The high centre-half said the award was reward for hard work.
“A couple of years ago I needed to get myself fit and those one percenters help you stand out on the hockey field,” she said.
“I do like to sneak an off goal or two.”
Rowe said Saints, who lost last year’s women’s grand final, went into tomorrow’s decider quietly confident.
“It is going to be tough. If we play a very good team game and pass the ball around a lot and use the width of the field we should go OK,” Rowe said.