Pine crowned A Grade best-and-fairest

Centrals Sam Pine was crowned the A Grade’s fairest and most brilliant player at the Port Pirie Netball Association’s Player of the Year Night on Saturday. Pine, who also won the award in 2016, had an outstanding season playing in the goal attack and goal shooter positions. Known for her speed, and phenomenal agility, Pine scored 33 votes to edge one vote ahead of Blue Wrens Samarah Wark on the final count votes of the night. Runner-up Wark dominated in goal defence after switching from the goaler positions in her off season move the Wrens.

In the A Reserve Blue Wrens centre Vianna Fasciano polled 39 votes to be named best-and-fairest ahead of runner-up Tammy Pine from Central Risdon Green on 36 votes. Experienced campaigner Fasciano, has been a huge contributor to the Blue Wren A Reserve side, who made it through to the grand final on Saturday. Known for her strong work ethic, precision passes and an uncanny ability to read the play, Fasciano causes many headaches for her opposition. For Pine, putting in the hard yards throughout the season working on her fitness and coverage of the court, allowed her to make the switch from goal keeper to goal defence with ease this season.  Her ability to close down space, take intercepts and make deflections then drive the ball deep into attack was huge in her side getting the win over Solomontown in their Semi-Final match on Saturday.

In the B Grade best-and-fairest, Saint Mark Celtic Gold’s Dakota Petagna edged out Saint Marks Celtic Blue’s Georgia Pryor. Petagna a strong goal defence, hurts her opponents with her ability to collect rebound after rebound as well as picking off intercepts from unwary attackers. Pryor like her older sister Maddison, is a speedy goal attack who shoots with deadly accuracy and is described as a ‘work horse’ in attack. With both girls being so young, the future is bright.

Also awarded on the night was the Loretta Rafferty Rookie of the Year which was awarded to Blue Wren’s Tiah Peek. In her first year of A Grade netball, Peek polled 10 votes to take out the award. A hardworking centre, Peek has added youth to the blue and gold, and will be an important member of their grand final seven.

Bec Adams was awarded life membership for over 10 years of service to the Port Pirie Netball Association. Adams who has generously volunteered her time has served as a committee member, umpire and coach as a representative of the PPNA. On the night president Abby Zubrinich thanked Ms Adams for her service.

Finally the A Grade Team of the Year for 2018 was announced with Callalou Klinger (Saint Marks) named at goal keeper, Samarah Wark (Blue Wrens) goal defence, Chloe Knibbs (Solomontown) reserve defence, Maggie Peterson (Blue Wren) wing defence, Ashleigh Possingham (Central Risdon) centre, Gracie Peterson (Blue Wren) wing attack, Georgia Scarman (Solomontown) reserve mid-court, Kirby Symons (Blue Wren) goal attack, Jacqui Spadavechia (Solomontown) goal shooter and Sammy Pine (Central Risdon) reserve goals.