Sara Howley has created history by becoming the first consecutive winner of the Geelong Falcons Girls best-and-fairest.
Howley, who also won the Talent League best-and-fairest last month, scored a runaway win to join inaugural Falcons Girls captain Lucy McEvoy (2017 and 2019) as a two-time winner of the award at GMHBA Stadium tonight (Sunday).
The Newtown & Chilwell product polled 233 votes to win by 73 from Chloe Adams on 160.
Mekah Morrissy finished third on 93 votes, with Hayley Peck (76 votes) and Chantal Mason (75) rounding out the top five.
A Vic Country representative in 2023, Howley has one more season of Talent League before becoming draft-eligible.
In the boys section, Patrick Hughes went one better than his runner-up finish in 2022 to claim this year’s best-and-fairest.
Like Howley, Hughes claimed the Talent League best-and-fairest, sharing the award with Tasmania’s Colby McKercher.
After polling 113 votes last year, the Torquay young gun, surprisingly overlooked for Vic Country selection, tallied 133 this year to win by 19 from Angus Hastie on 114.
Tobyn Murray joined Hughes and Hastie on the podium with 97 votes.
Big man Joe Pike (87 votes) and captain Michael Rudd (77) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
2023 GEELONG FALCONS AWARDS
Boys (leaderboard below)
- Best & Fairest – Patrick Hughes
- Runner-up Best & Fairest – Angus Hastie
- 3rd Best & Fairest – Tobyn Murray
- Players’ Player – Tobyn Murray/Michael Rudd
- Coaches Award – Thomas Burke/Caleb Foster
- Personal Growth Award – Ethan Borys
Girls (leaderboard below)
- Best & Fairest – Sara Howley
- Runner-up Best & Fairest – Chloe Adams
- 3rd Best & Fairest – Mekah Morrissy
- Players’ Player – Chloe Adams
- Coaches Award – Seisia White
- Personal Growth Award – Faith Qoon
- Michael Bright
- Rob Condy
- Jesse Drever