Blues women players shine

REWARDED: Nick Hunter has been named Club Administrator of the Year for the Northern Country Women's League. Picture — supplied.

REWARDED: Nick Hunter has been named Club Administrator of the Year for the Northern Country Women's League. Picture — supplied.

THE Kerang women's football team has capped off an outstanding inaugural season by having seven players poll votes at the league vote count.

The club's professionalism off-the-field has also been recognised, with women's football co-ordinator Nick Hunter receiving the Club Administrator of the Year award. 

Numerous players and administrators travelled to Kyabram on Tuesday night for the Northern Country Women's League vote count and presentation night. 

Alana Woodward polled 11 votes to finish third in the count, three votes behind Kyneton's Emily Taylor and just one vote behind Echuca's Jessica Pitts.

THIRD: Tackling like this was a feature of Alana Woodward's games this season
 Picture — KEN JENKINS.

THIRD: Tackling like this was a feature of Alana Woodward's games this season Picture — KEN JENKINS.

Woodward's Kerang teammate Bianca Wise polled seven votes to finish seventh.

The Kerang team includes players from throughout the district.

Erin Ross from Bendigo Thunder won the goal-kicking award, booting 47 goals for the home and away season and bringing up her 50th in her side's second semi-final win over Benalla.

Off-field honours went to Hunter and Echuca coach Mick McInnes, who was named Coach of the Year. 

Hunter said the vote count was a proud night personally and for the entire team. 

"Seven women polled votes and two finished in the top 10, which is a great effort and it really keeps the momentum rolling for next season," he said.

"There has been a phenomenal improvement from where the team was at the start of the season to where it is now."

Hunter said the job of women's co-ordinator had been much more involved than he expected. 

"It was a brand new team and a brand new league so it really was a big job, a lot bigger than I and anyone else thought it would be," he said. 

"There was a lot that had to be done, but it was all about getting the women out on the ground running around playing footy."

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