Two votes in her last match was all Kolora-Noorat teenager Meg O’Sullivan needed to clinch the Warrnambool and District league 17 and under netball best and fairest award.
Meg, 17, produced a two-vote effort in the Power’s last match against Panmure on Saturday, which lifted her to the top of the leaderboard.
She trailed Timboon Demons’ Rebecca Dendle by one vote entering round 18 but leapfrogged her rival, who failed to poll against Nirranda. The final tally was Meg 24, Rebecca 23.
Kolora-Noorat’s Brooke Hoare was third with 22 votes, while Old Collegians’ Marli Alderson was fourth with 21 votes, with the count one of the most exciting of the night.
Meg, a Mercy Regional College year 11 student, said she “definitely” did not expect to poll so many votes.
Her aims this season were to “play to the best of my ability and hopefully for the team to get to finals”.
“I could’ve done better,” she said of her campaign, within earshot of teammates, who described her as “consistent”.
Meg, a midcourter, polled in 11 of the 18 matches, earning three votes on four occasions. All but three of her votes came in the opening 12 rounds.
She has remarkably played in a grand final every season of her career and has the chance to continue the streak this season, with the Power entering finals on top of the ladder.
Timboon Demons finished third, in a large part due to the efforts of Rebecca, 16, who has combined 17 and under duties with playing A grade.
Rebecca polled in 10 matches, attracting three votes on five occasions.
The Timboon P-12 School student described her season as “pretty good”, although revealed she could step away from netball to concentrate on year 12 studies next year.
Rebecca also claimed the 17 and under rookie of the year award, with the league highlighting her as a player for the future.