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Judge: Ian Shuttleworth

It is worth noting that the overall standard of ‘Best Sports Story’ entries was the highest it has been in recent years. There was a number of interesting and well-written stories with the top three finishers very hard to separate.

FIRST PLACE- Paul Mitchell, The Murray Pioneer

This entry is not your standard preview of an upcoming major local sporting event but rather an entertaining, interesting and well-researched piece which fulfils an important obligation of any regional newspaper. It features the excellent use of colourful quotes, descriptive phrase and a few anecdotes, which paints a clear picture of why people are drawn to the once-a-year race meeting at a small Mallee town. A very good read!

SECOND PLACE- Jack Hudson & Grady Hudd, The Bunyip

The story on Willaston FC breaching the salary cap is a quality piece of journalism. The news is presented in a clear and easy to understand manner with the journalists working hard to glean comment from the key parties involved. Importantly, they provided ample background information, including a timeline of events, which highlighted the significance of the news event 

THIRD PLACE- Gabrielle Hall, Plains Producer

A heart-warming piece where the reporter has captured the emotion of a teenager’s premiership triumph after serious health issues. Medical-based stories can be challenging because interview talent often use complex terminologies and alike but in this instance the reporter has been able to relay the situation in layman’s terms, while making the most of well-chosen quotes.



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