James Hibberd is named best and fairest for the league

9 Sep 2017

HORSHAM and District Soccer Club’s senior veteran James Hibberd has been named the Ballarat and District Soccer Association’s best and fairest.

 

Hibberd was named best and fairest in the division two competition in the Falcons’ first year back to the league. The league vote count was at Morsehead Park, Ballarat, on Friday night. Hibberd had a successful first season at the club, collecting the club’s best and fairest and the club’s players player award. The players player award is voted on by his teammates. 

 

Hibberd said he couldn’t have won the league best and fairest without his teammates. 

“It comes down to a lot of hard work and dedication,” he said. 

 

“Lots of hard work.

 

“I just did the usual club thing, came to every training and gave it my all. It felt very special to win the award. It put a bit of a spring in my step.”

 

The Falcons had several players in the top 10 of the league count with Hibberd finishing on 15 votes (first), Noah Talbot on 13 votes (third), Jake Hinton on 10 votes (fifth) and Reuben Macchia and Elijah Macchia finishing with six votes each.

 

The Falcons finished in fourth spot in the 2017 season and were knocked out of their first ever senior finals series by Vic Park 2-0.

“We have plenty of talent coming through,” Hibberd said. 

 

“We will be very successful if everyone stays together and we mould a strong bond.”

 

Hibberd said for how the season was, it was nice to finish on a high.  The Falcons also had their club vote count on Thursday night and Hibberd was named the best and fairest for his team. 

 

“I thought it was good to come together at the end of the season and then to start the next season,” he said. 

 

“This season was very helpful to me, it kept me focused and seeing everyone develop was rewarding. I’m looking forward to next year.”

 

Hibberd tallied 14 votes for the club best and fairest award. Several other Falcon players received awards at the club presentation night on Thursday. 

 

There were joint runner-ups in young guns Reuben Macchia and Noah Talbot, who both tallied 11 votes. Elijah Macchia and Jake Hinton both polled eight votes throughout the season to take out a dual most consistent trophy.

 

Hinton was also the leading goal scorer for the season, scoring 19 goals.

 

Marcus Luciani was given the coach’s award and Cam Hancock was given the most improved award. 

 

Lachlan Rowan reached a major milestone during the season – he played 200 games. 

 

Talbot also received an award for hitting 200 club career goals earlier in the 2017 season.

 

 

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THE VETERAN: Horsham and District Soccer Club's defender James Hibberd
won the league best and fairest award for the 2017 season.
Picture: TINA VERHEY

 

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DEDICATION: Players James Hibberd, Marcus Luciani and Jake Hinton
with their awards.
Picture: DARREN ISAAC

 

 

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YOUNG TALENT: Noah Talbot and Reuben Macchia were equal on votes
to take out a dual runner-up best and fairest award.
Picture: DARREN ISAAC

 

 

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Cam Hancock

 

 

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CONSISTENCY: Elijah Macchia and Jake Hinton were equal on votes
to take out a dual most consistent award for the 2017 season.
Picture: DARREN ISAAC