Melville sweeps the pool in deciders

Sharks’ Lilian Hedges. Picture: Paul Smyth
Sharks’ Lilian Hedges. Picture: Paul Smyth

The women shook off City Beach for a 11-7 triumph while the men put an exclamation mark on a perfect season, seeing off clubmates, Melville Saints, 15-7, with Joel Swift taking the Tom Hoad Award as best player.

Zoe Arancini received the Andy Meloncelli Medal, the medal named in her grandfather’s honour, as best player in the Premier League grand final at Challenge Stadium, and along with Gemma Beadsworth (three goals), Pia Rodgers (two goals) and Glencora Ralph, Melville had too many guns for Beach.

The Sharks took it all in 2013, with the season’s Most Valuable Player Kelly Parks not even required on the big day.

Arancini (21) sent shudders through the league when she announced generation next was coming through at Melville.

‘It shows that the younger girls can play and even though we’re not always together (due to national camps) we can put it together for a big game.’