HOCKEY

Young United star wins Premier League medal

SOUTHERN United’s brilliant 16-year-old Amy Lawton bolted off with the Women’s Premier League best and fairest at last Wednesday’s Hockey Victoria awards night at the MCG.

Lawton polled 36 votes to win by eight.

With a 20-round season and Amy away on state and Australian duties for two rounds, she achieved an average of two votes per round.

She has played more than 180 games for Southern United, and was a member of the premiership-winning Under 16 Mixed A grade side as well as the Southern United Premier League team.

This year she played in the Oceania Youth Olympics Qualifier and will travel to Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympic Games in October.

Southern’s Brad Marais and Craig Marais will also put on the green and gold shirt for the Youth Olympic Games.

In the men’s Premier League best and fairest, the vote was close with two points between first and third.

Southern’s Nathan Ephraums finished runnerup on 18 votes. He was the star of the men’s grand final win and is a member of the Australian Under 21 team to travel to Malaysia to play in the Sultan of Johor Cup in October.

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Nathan Ephraums and Amy Lawton were named in the Premier League All Star teams.

Premier League goalie Ginny Wilson and with Amy were selected in the Hockey Victoria Women’s All Star team and Nathan Ephraums was in the men’s equivalent.

The Colin Batch Medal for highest goal scorer in men’s Premier League was awarded to Southern’s Matt l’Hullier.

Meanwhile Stewart Fenton, a member of Southern United’s men and masters teams, received a special recognition award for his contribution to indoor hockey and as the Australian women’s indoor hockey coach.

And Southern secretary Anna Jennings was awarded the Hockey Victoria Community Award as administrator of the year.