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    Mitchell Mills – HDFNL Kalkee footballer Mitchell Mills’ leadership on and off the field and his willingness to volunteer in a variety of ways earned him the Spirit of Football award. Mills was presented with his award by Horsham police’s Dave Richardson.
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    Nekeisha Bastin – WFNL Southern Mallee Thunder netballer Nekeisha Bastin uses court space well as a valuable all-rounder. Nekeisha leads by example and plays a smart game, skilfully feeding the ball to shooters. Rainbow police leading senior constable Tony Clark presented Nekeisha with her award.
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    Jamie Eckerman – WFNL Southern Mallee Thunder footballer Jamie Eckermann is tough yet consistent in his play, routinely putting his body on the line in pursuit of the ball. Rainbow police leading senior constable Tony Clark presented Jamie his award, and said it was representative of being the fairest and best player, which Jamie displays during games.
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    Ava Fitzgerald – HDFNL Pimpinio netballer Ava Fitzgerald has made an impact in her first season with the Tigers, moving from Horsham Demons. Although a quiet player, her presence is felt as she moves around the court, consistently intercepting the ball. Fitzgerald plays her favoured positions of goal keeper and goal defence well, as well as making an impression in centre and goals. Horsham Blue Ribbon member Les Power presented her with her award.
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    Milla Goodwin – WFNL Nhill netballer Milla Goodwin’s consistency and enthusiasm earned her the spirit of netball award, presented by Nhill sergeant Mark Kennedy. Milla, a defender, has a positive attitude and encourages her team-mates on and off the court.
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    Jonathon Baker – WFNL Minyip-Murtoa footballer Jonathon Baker, pictured with Horsham police senior constable Angie Clark, was awarded for his willingness to do what is best for his team. Baker comes from a long line of Burras supporters, and this loyalty shows in his approach to put his team-mates before himself.
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    Tarah Bond – HDFNL Laharum netballer Tarah Bond, pictured left with Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation member Les Power, started her netball career at the age of 10 at Dimboola. Competitive yet timid, Tarah mainly played in goal attack or as goal shooter, with some time in defence. She is now playing both junior and senior netball and is working hard on her fitness and goal accuracy.
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    Chase Whelan – HDFNL Laharum footballer Chase Whelan is described as a ‘fine young footballer and a fine young man’ by his club. Chase was awarded for leading by example, filling many voluntary roles and being inclusive of all those around him. He is pictured with Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation member Les Power.
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    Lilly Weir – HDFNL Taylors Lake netballer Lilly Weir is a versatile player who is encouraging and supportive of those around her. Lilly has played her whole junior career at Taylors Lake, and is always working on ways to improve her game. Horsham police member Bianca Kettle presented Lilly’s award.
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    Tara McIntyre – HDFNL Harrow Balmoral netballer Tara McIntyre received her award from Harrow police senior constable Alan Perry, above, for striving for her best every week. Tara has played both ends of the court, but enjoys the challenge of playing in goals. Tara started her netball career at the age of nine, playing at Horsham for four years before joining Harrow Balmoral. She represented Harrow Balmoral in the Wimmera Mallee state titles team and Horsham District interleague team.
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    Oscar Dunstan – HDFNL Edenhope-Apsley footballer Oscan Dunstan displays good sportsmanship and respect on and off the field. Dedicated to training and games, he is a great role model for his team-mates. Edenhope police leading senior constable Darren Farlga presented Oscar his award.
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    Brenton Pavey – WFNLStawell Warriors’ footballer Brenton Pavey was the recipient of the round three award. Described as ‘a coach’s dream’, Brenton is continually seeking feedback to improve his game. Coach Jarrod Illig, Stawell police Leading Senior Constable JoAnne Orr and Senior Constable Amy Armfield presented Brenton with his award.
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    Zarli Knight – WFNL Horsham Demons netballer Zarli Knight, a strong attacking player with a natural talent, was awarded in round one by Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation Member Les Power and Horsham police acting sergeant Dan Brodie.
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    Ruby Wilson – WFNL Minyip-Murtoa netballer Ruby Wilson, pictured after receiving the round two award for her kind and caring nature on the court as well as her skill, with Horsham police Acting Sergeant Dan Brodie.
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    Phoebe Sudholz – HDFNLHorsham Blue Ribbon Foundation member Les Power presented Natimuk United netballer Phoebe Sudholz with the round three spirit of netball award. A versatile player, Phoebe is reliable, consistent and supportive of others.
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    Ned Glascott – HDFNL Natimuk United footballer Ned Glascott and Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation Member Les Power – Ned was the round three recipient for always being supportive of his team-mates and his club, as well as his keenness to learn and develop his game skills.
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    Marcel Badua – WFNL Dimboola footballer Marcel Badua was the round two winner for his enthusiasm, athletic ability and fair play. Dimboola police senior constable Matt Kennedy presented Marcel with his award.
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    Layla Linto – HDFNLEdenhope-Apsley netballer Layla Linto was the round one awardee. Edenhope’s senior constable Issac Mauro presented the award to Layla for her strong, supportive leadership on the court and her persistence in giving her best, while encouraging others to do the same.
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    Lachie Kenyon – HDFNL Taylors Lake-Swifts footballer Lachie Kenyon was the round one recipient for his natural leadership qualities and significant contributions to the junior program at CKS Swifts Football Netball Club. Lachie is set apart from the rest by his exceptional skills and run out of the midfield. He was presented with his award by Stawell police sergeant Richard Jane and first constable Nathan Byrne.
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    Harrison Daniell – HDFNL Noradjuha-Quantong footballer Harrison Daniell is highly respected by his team-mates for being a strong but fair midfielder, who is also kind and gracious off the field. Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation member Les Power presented Harrison with his award.
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    Gibson Perry – WFNLHorsham Demons footballer Gibson Perry started the season with five goals in his first game after missing half of last season with a broken ankle. Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation member Les Power and Horsham police senior constable Ethan Schilling and first constable Jamie Thomas presented Gibson with the award.
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    Darby Gray – HDFNL Kaniva-Leeor United footballer and team vice-captain Darby Gray was named the round two awardee for being a great role model to his team-mates, and was described as ‘a calm, quiet achiever’ and ‘a pleasure to have around the club’. Kaniva sergeant Darren Wright presented Darby with his award.
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    Cadi Streeter – HDFNLHorsham Police Sergeant Jason Bergen presented Kalkee netballer Cadi Streeter with the award. Cadi, who has played with Kalkee since beginning as a moddie in 2016, said she was honoured to receive the award.

2024 Spirit of Sport winners

Zarli Knight – WFNL Horsham Demons netballer Zarli Knight, a strong attacking player with a natural talent, was awarded in round one by Horsham Blue Ribbon Foundation Member Les Power and Horsham police acting sergeant Dan Brodie.

Horsham District Football Netball League and Wimmera Football Netball League award one under-17 footballer and one 17-and-under netballer a spirit of sport award each playing round.



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The Spirit of Football and Spirit of Netball awards are presented by either Victoria Police officers or Blue Ribbon Foundation members.