Jake Gaynor capped a stunning debut season in the Ovens and Murray by winning Albury’s best and fairest award on Friday night.
The teenager polled 178 votes to finish well clear of co-coach Chris Hyde (131) and Dean Polo (127) with Luke Daly (115) and Charles Gaylard (106) rounding out the top five.
Gaynor joined Albury from Wagga Tigers, saying club legend Paul Spargo was a key factor in the move.
The pocket rocket was among the best on the ground in last month’s grand final victory over Wangaratta, narrowly being pipped by Polo for the Did Simpson Medal.
“I’m so glad I came to Albury,” Gaynor said after the grand final win.
“I can’t thank Paul Spargo enough for getting me down here.
“I’m just stoked.”
Albury co-coach Shaun Daly, himself a four-time Tigers best and fairest winner, said the award was recognition for Gaynor’s work ethic.
“Jake’s been a wonderful addition to our club,” he said.
“I’m sure he has a long and successful career to come.”
Jackson Carmody took out the reserves best and fairest while Cooper Boyle topped the Tigers’ thirds count.
In the netball, Jess Fisher-Curnow was rewarded for a superb season by winning the A grade best and fairest.
The former Hopper was a driving force in helping the Tigers to their first grand final before ultimately falling short to Wangaratta.
Sarah Anstee, Kaity Ainsworth and Chelsea Harper took out the B, C and 16-and-under grades.
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