Narrandera Eagles coach and captain Jarred Lane has been named the Jim Quinn medallist for 2018. Lane was awarded the medal at the Riverina Football Netball League’s presentation evening on Tuesday night.
“It was a good night. I didn’t see it coming – I certainly didn’t prepare a speech,” Lane said. The Jim Quinn medal is decided upon by the referees. At the end of each game they mark the best and fairest, allocating points to players accordingly.
The points are tallied up at the end of the season, with the final results counted on Riverina FNL presentation night.
“Any other day, I would have said the umpires didn’t like me, but apparently I’m wrong,” Mr Lane said.
It’s been a tough season for the Narrandera Eagles, who finished up the season on the bottom of the ladder and with no wins, which may account for Lane’s surprise.
“It’s quite rewarding. It’s not the reason you play, but it’s certainly a reward for effort,” he said. “It’s not something that you think about when you’re coaching. You’ve got other things to worry about, so it’s pretty surprising.”
The Frank Gaynor medal for best and fairest in the Reserves went to Griffith Swans player Royce Johns, while the coach of the year was awarded to Swans coach Will Griggs.
In the netball, the A Grade best and fairest was awarded to GGGM Lions player Brook Walsh. The A Reserves best and fairest was presented to Sarah Crakanthorp from the Turvey Park Bulldogs.
The preliminary finals for the Riverina Football Netball League are on this weekend, with the Griffith Swans up against the GGGM Lions in both the reserves and the seniors’ competition.
The winner of Sunday’s match will meet Collingullie in the grand final.
The Under 17s preliminary final will be played between Collingullie Glenfield Park and the Coolamon Rovers. The grand final will be played at the Narrandera Sportsground.