Rising stars in football and netball was recognised at the Ovens and King League presentation night held last night.
The Cathy McGowan MP Rising Star Award for 2016 has been hotly contested again this year.
Eight nominees in both football and netball were selected from across the league after clubs nominated players they believe to be rising stars of the competition. All nominees were under 21 at the start of the year.
The nominees are:
Football: Sam Peters, Tarrawingee; Bryce Ralph, Glenrowan; Lachie Drummond, Tarrawingee; Mitchel Kilner, Glenrowan; Darcy Sholl, Bright; Jordan Baker-Swain, Milawa; Brad Collihole, King Valley and Sam Buckley, Bright.
Netball: Sarah Stone, North Wangaratta; Taitum Maiwald, Benalla All Blacks; Molly Holmes, Glenrowan; Eve Way, Benalla All Blacks; Kate Smith, Glenrowan; Katey Pryor, Greta; Taylah Reidy, Greta and Emma Boyd, Benalla All Blacks.
The awards were won by Katey Prior, Greta, and Lachie Drummond, Tarrawingee.
“It is with great pleasure that we honour these talented young sportspeople,” Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, said.
“It has been a pleasure watching them shine throughout the season and excel in their chosen sports.
“I commend the passion, talent and commitment to training that it takes for players to stand out on the field or on the court. I also thank the volunteers who make it possible, led by chairman of the O&K board Peter Byrne.”
Ms McGowan said sports clubs are an integral part of rural communities and it is important to foster the next generation of players and leaders.
“Congratulations to minor premiers Bonnie Doon in the football and Milawa in netball for their strong seasons and good luck to all teams heading into the finals,” she said.
“I look forward to watching the finals unfold.”