Peaks star nets second LGSHA gong

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Women’s A-grade winner Courtney Robinson and men’s A-grade winner Jack Dawson at the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association awards night.
Camera IconWomen’s A-grade winner Courtney Robinson and men’s A-grade winner Jack Dawson at the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association awards night. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Manypeaks midfielder Courtney Robinson won her second women’s A-grade fairest-and-best gong at the Albany Retravision Lower Great Southern Hockey Association awards night at Sounness Park in Mt Barker last Saturday.

Celebrating 100 years of hockey in the region, Robinson and Spencer Park-Tigers star Jack Dawson won the two major A-grade awards announced on the night.

After winning her first women’s A-grade fairest and best back in 2015, Robinson netted the same award for a second time after a stellar return to the field in 2019.

A skilful midfielder that can also do damage in front of goal, Robinson polled consistently through the regular season to finish with 23 votes and well clear of her nearest rival. Robinson has been a key part of Peaks’ surge to the top of the ladder and another grand final appearance.

North Albany’s Beck Gallimore finished second on 18 votes and rounding out the top three was Mt Barker gun Laura Archer on 13.

Vikings’ Charlotte Powis and Redbacks youngster Tallulah Gouldthorp were next with 11 votes.

Dawson won a thrilling three-way go in the men’s A-grade fairest-and-best award, deserving recognition for an outstanding season with his team that will also feature in Saturday’s grand final.

Playing a key role through the midfield and in a dangerous penalty corner battery for Spencer Park-Tigers, Dawson polled 17 votes to win a tight count.

Peaks’ Tim Metcalfe was second with 16 votes and Spencer Park-Tigers’ Sam Brown was third on 15.

Rounding out the top five were Redbacks’ Ashley Eikelboom (12 votes) and Spencer Park-Tigers goalkeeper Antony Payne (9).

In the other awards, Mt Barker Red’s Clare King won the women’s B-grade fairest and best with 22 votes to edge out joint runners-up Amy Sandilands and Michelle Ericsson on 20. Spencer Park’s Andrew McKay won the men’s B-grade fairest and best by one vote from Spencer Park Vets’ Ben Pratt.

Marissa Edwards was named LGSHA volunteer of the year.

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