TWO local netball stars tied for honours in Corangamite Sportsmen’s Club’s Senior Sports Star of the Year award.
Men’s netballer Jake Noonan and Timboon Demon Cloe Marr both polled 54 votes to share the award, finishing 18 votes ahead of Mortlake cricketer Clinton Baker.
It was the second time in six years a tie has occurred after voting, with Sam Chapman and Pam Wines winning together in 2012.
Noonan, who was recognised for his efforts representing Victoria and Australia in men’s netball, said it was a special award to receive, adding he was thrilled to win alongside Marr.
“It’s really special obviously,” he said.
“It’s a huge honour and it’s nice to be recognised for what I’ve done this year.
“It’s an amazing thing to share with another netballer.
“For Cloe to be still killing it and winning another best and fairest is amazing.”
Marr, who won a second consecutive Warrnambool and District Football Netball League best and fairest, said it was “quite fitting” she got to share the award with Noonan, but admitted she was
caught off guard by the honour.
“I’m surprised considering the accomplishments Jake has done in his life through netball,” she said.
“I’m a late bloomer, I’m not sure how old Jake is but I’m 29 with two kids and would never have expected to be here with someone younger.
“I’m delighted to be able to share it with him.
“I’ve only met him tonight (Tuesday night) at the table and he seems a lovely young man.”
The Junior Sports Star of the Year was won by clay target shooter Matt Molan, who had plenty of standout performances in 2018, including a world championship crown in March.
He finished ahead of equestrian rider Stella Horspole and go-karter Rusty Ponting in what was also a close count.
Molan said he was honoured to win the award and thanked his parents for helping him pursue his chosen sport.
“It’s an honour to win it and it’s my first time winning,” he said.
“It was pretty close with the votes but I knew I sort of had an alright chance winning it with what I had won during the year
“I thank Mum and Dad for taking me everywhere and putting in the time for me.
“They enabled me to go to big events around Australia and that.”
Other awards presented on the night included the sports teams of the year.
Heytesbury Indoor Bias Bowls Association pair Pam Wines and Allen Cook took out the senior award for their VIBBA mixed pairs win in July.
Skipton Primary School’s Grade 5 and 6 girls cricket side took out the junior teams section after going back-to-back in the state finals of the Woolworths Cricket T20 Blast Cup competition.
And monthly awards were also presented with October’s junior sports star going to Tully Watt and the October junior team award going to Terang Tornadoes junior basketball teams.
Senior sports star awards went to Noonan in October and Timboon Golf Club ladies champion Donna Weller in November.