DEFENDER Mark Haydon has completed a rapid rise through the ranks by taking out Thurgoona Football Club’s best and fairest award.
Haydon, who converted from rugby union to Australian football in 2005 when he moved from Forbes to Albury, polled 114 votes to edge ruckman Adam Way by 10.
He was rarely beaten in the key defensive post this season despite taking on some of the league’s best forwards and was recognised with selection in the Tallangatta and District Football League Team of the Year.
Former AFL player Sam Cranage came third on 80 votes.
Defender Corey Miller took out the club’s most consistent award, Sam Field was the most determined and youngster Dylan Rake was adjudged most improved.
Jeremy Way won the coaches trophy.
In the reserves, Paul Tucker won the best and fairest player award on 66 votes, just pipping midfielder Brett Rice on 62.
Chris Moscher came third on 51 votes.
In the netball, shooter Lauren Coelli edged out defender and reigning best-and-fairest Renae Pickering by two votes.
Emma Dallinger came third on 36 votes.
In the premiership- winning B-grade team, Steph Pearce won with 49 votes from Lauren Bell-Chambers (47) with Kami Kimball (43).