ALANA Sutton etched her name into Ovens and Murray netball history on Monday night after the young Wangaratta Rovers defender claimed the prestigious Toni Wilson Medal.
Sutton took out the A grade best and fairest after polling 23 votes in an outstanding season where she dominated in defence and also brought up her 100th match for the Hawks.
The Hawk star finished four votes clear of Yarrawonga’s Bridget Cassar and Wodonga gun Gemma Grimmond while former winner Rebecca Didier was a further two back.
So consistent was Sutton that she was named in the Hawks’ best players almost every week and on Monday night polled in 12 of the 18 rounds.
In a count full of surprises, Sutton made her move mid-season, taking the lead in the count after round 13 and never surrendered it.
Sutton said the fact she had been crowned the O&M’s best player was a huge honor.
“When I woke up this morning it seemed a bit surreal still,” she said yesterday.