By Sam Watson

FORMER Glen Alvie local Tamara Luke has won Hawthorn’s VFLW best and fairest after a dominant season as a ruck-forward.

The 33-year-old returned to the Hawks in 2021 after a stint with St Kilda in the AFLW. It didn’t take her long to kick into gear with her old squad.

In her fourth season with the Hawks, the former Glen Alvie local’s consistency separated her from the rest, as did her contested marks and hit-outs in the ruck.

After nine matches, she finished second in the league for total contested marks (20) and sixth for hit-outs (200).

She has also been lauded for her leadership throughout the season.

It was those same leadership skills that saw her appointed captain at Hawthorn in 2019.

And she’ll be hoping her best and fairest winning season will earn her a spot on Hawthorn’s AFLW list when they officially enter the competition next year.

Fellow South Gippsland local Sophie Bolding was also recognised at Hawthorn’s awards night, taking home the best club person award.

The club said she received the award for “her commitment to the club and her embodiment of the club’s values”.

The former Bass Coast Breaker played as a tagger in 2021, where she impressed the coaching and club staff with her determination – no matter the opponent.