ENJOYING the game has proven to be the secret to success for East Warrnambool’s Callen Bourke.
The defender has capped off a strong season by winning the Bombers’ A grade netball best and fairest.
Bourke was a runaway winner, polling 108 votes. Jaynaya Miller was second with 42 and Alana Rahui third on 38.
Bourke, 26, said it was her first season at East Warrnambool.
While the Bombers went through the season without a win, that did not dampen Bourke’s enthusiasm.
“It is such a welcoming club to play at,” she said.
“There was no pressure, all everyone wants is for you to have a go and do your best.
“There was one game we got beaten by 100 goals but no one dropped their heads, everyone stayed supportive.
“That helped my netball, this was my best season, I felt like I really improved.”
In the senior football, ruckman Nick Alexandrou claimed the best-and-fairest award.
He polled 53 votes to win from Dylan Cross (41) and coach Danny Chatfield (38).
It was Alexandrou’s first season at the Bombers, having crossed from Hampden league club Warrnambool.
East Warrnambool finished 10th on the Warrnambool and District league ladder with three wins.
Those three wins came in a five-week block early in the season, with hopes high the Bombers could push towards finals. But a tough second half of the year meant they were consigned to the lower rungs of the ladder.
Best-and-fairest winners in other grades:
A reserve, 1st Ivy Clarke, 2nd Mikayla Harradine, 3rd Melissa Douglas.
B grade, 1st Sam Delany, 2nd Aliera Harrison, 3rd Sarah Hope.
17 and under, 1st Jaynaya Miller, 2nd Serenity Heremaia.
13 and under, 1st Tamara Clarke, 2nd Leilani Clark-Ugle.
Reserves, 1st Ben Payne, 2nd Liam Feros-Collins, 3rd Royal Heremaia.
Under 14.5s, 1st Jandamarra Chatfield, 2nd Dylan Shircore, 3rd Cayden Lynn.