Engagement shocks crowd

Otway Districts netballer Candi Robbins and footballer Ross Panther celebrate their engagement, which shocked the crowd during the Demons’ annual awards ceremony.

Otway Districts power couple Ross Panther and Candi Robbins stole the show during the Demons’ annual awards ceremony with a shock engagement to wrap up the night.

Panther, the club president and a senior footballer, announced he had one more presentation when wrapping up the evening, calling A Grade netball playing-coach Robbins to the stage before getting down on one knee in front of an excited audience.

“It was pretty exciting, and the news spread pretty quickly,” Panther said.

“I’ve already had a few people from other clubs coming up to me in the supermarket and congratulating me,” he said.

Panther and Robbins have one child together, Lewie, who was born in December.

The engagement capped off a big night for Robbins, who finished runner-up in the Demons’ A Grade best-and-fairest count.

The playing-coach finished behind star recruit Emma Hillman, who also won the Colac district league best-and-fairest award.

Panther praised Hillman for her stunning first season with the club.

“She’s been a great asset to the club, not just coming in as a gun player for our A Grade side but to also coach our 15-and-under side as well, the younger girls have loved having her there,” he said.

“Hopefully she’ll be right to go again next year after missing the first part of the season.”

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