Two-thirds enough for A reserve champion

KOLORA-NOORAT goal shooter Stacey Hillman claimed the A reserve best and fairest despite missing a third of the season.

Stacey Hillman had a vote to spare in her win.      140818AS19

Stacey Hillman had a vote to spare in her win. 140818AS19

Hillman pulled 21 votes in a thrilling count that produced a three-way tie for second place.

Merrivale’s Emily Dwyer, Panmure’s Kirsty Williams and South Rovers Nicole Hajder all finished on 20 votes.

The trio could not rein in Hillman despite the Kolora-Noorat star not polling a vote in the final round.

The 26-year-old made the step back to A reserve this season after coaching the Power’s A grade team in 2012 and 2013.

She played six games last season as she recovered from a major ankle injury.

It was ongoing issues with the ankle and the chance to have a break from coaching commitments that led to her stepping back a grade.

“I just wanted the chance to relax and come out and play netball without having to worry about coaching,” Hillman said.

“And I have loved the season. All the girls get along so well and I think that has had a lot to do with our success so far.”

While Hillman was thrilled to claim the league best and fairest, her eyes are now firmly set on a premiership.

Hillman’s stellar season helped the Power to secure top place on the ladder and on Saturday they will be up against Merrivale in the second semi-final.

Hillman’s likely opponent will be Emily Dwyer, making it an all-star match under the Power’s goal ring.

Her last premiership was with the Camperdown A1 side in 2005.

“I am really looking forward to playing in the finals and seeing how far we can go,” she said.

“Hopefully we can go all the way but we have a bit of work ahead of us yet.”

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