Hill’s GMC medal thrill

March 20, 2017

Michael Hill celebrates his first century for Cooma.

STAR Cooma batsman Michael Hill has scooped the pool at the Goulburn Murray cricket awards night, pocketing three of the major titles on offer.

Hill won the GMC Medal for the best A grade player, as well as the champion player award.

A 500-run season at an average of 41.67 also saw Hill take the batting aggregate title.

Hill, whose batting helped Cooma to second on the ladder, said winning the medal was unexpected but a great feeling.

‘‘It was a little bit of a shock to win really, I thought I could be up there but I didn’t expect to win,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s always nice to know that you’re helping the team out with an individual accolade like this.’’

His 16 votes in the GMC Medal were enough to get him over the line from Rochester’s Dylan Cuttriss and Kyabram Fire Brigade’s AJ Woodland on 12 votes.

Jayden Rosin (Echuca South) finished on 11 votes with Mark Watt (Kyabram Fire Brigade), Jake Wright (Rochester Tigers) and Jake Perry (Rochester United) all on ten votes.

Hill said his dominant season had been one of the best of his career.

‘‘It was probably my most consistent season, it was nice to be able to keep scoring runs and I’ll keep working to do so next season as well,’’ he said.

A role model for his side’s younger players, Hill added he thinks his Cooma side is on the verge of something special.

‘‘It (being a role model) comes with the job, everyone looks to the captain for that but I’m lucky to have the respect of the boys,’’ he said.

‘‘We would have loved to make this year’s grand final but we know we are a young side and going forward we want to become one of the leaders of the competition.’’

Darcy Elliot took the bowling aggregate award with 31 wickets for the season, from Wright (30 wickets) and Cuttriss (28 wickets).

Elliot’s fine season included two five-wicket hauls, one of which was a ripping 6/27 spell when Moama bowled Echuca South out for just 95.

Elliot also claimed the under-21 player of the year award.

Defeated grand finalists Kyabram Fire Brigade were given the Champion Club award, while Gary Langdon won umpire of the year.

Other awards presented went to Don Langley from Cooma for junior coach of the year, while Graham Turner and Brendan Martin were both recognised respectively as the best curator and volunteer.

Travis Johnstone was named the B grade champion player, with Rick Heathcote named the C grade winner and Darren McKenner the D grade winner.

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