Story by Mark Jonas

Hi Sainters

As posted a few days ago, our Captain, Lauren Harris and Vice Captain, Chelsea van Unen were invited to attend the “Eastern Region Women’s Best & Fairest” 2019, which was held last night at Zonzo Estate in Yarra Glen.

With both girls missing more than half the season through injuries it was always going to be a tough ask to bring home any awards but just to be invited is an honour in itself but we still thought, well they have been invited so somethings up?

What we didn’t take into account was that we weren’t talking about just anyone…we were talking about two superstars in both “Skip” and “CVU” and boy did they do themselves, their families and our Club proud last night.

First up was Lauren our inspirational Skipper. With only 8 Home and Aways to her name after missing 6 due to an operation on a broken finger, Lauren walked away as equal leading goal kicker with 32 Goals along with Kaitlyn Bloomfield from Park Orchards.

Just imagine if Lauren had played another 6 games, she may have kicked more goals then Jeremy Cameron!

Next up was the naming of the “Team of the Year”. This is done a lot differently than the Senior Men’s. With the Women’s, they name the side from the best 24 across all divisions, so it includes – Premier, Division 1, North, South & Outer East. So in a nutshell you need to be in the best out of 33 teams and over 600 players.

So keeping the above in mind, it was going to be an uphill battle, well so we thought!

Starting from the last line of defence, the 4th name was read out……on the Half Back Flank from North Ringwood, Chelsea van Unen!!

Unbelievable, considering our “Speedy Gonzales” midfielder had only played 6 games, missing 8 with ruptured ankle ligaments…but wait there was more to come!

After reading out the best 24 player names within the whole league, Chelsea was then named as “Captain” of the Team of the Year!

Unfortunately neither Lauren or Chelsea won the Best & Fairest but considering both girls had missed so many games it was always going to be tough to get enough Umpire’s votes, but still with only 6 games to her name, Chelsea still managed to finished 5th and only 1 vote off equal 4th place, so a remarkable effort.

Hopefully both girls will be on the park a lot more next year as gut feel it will be a North Ringwood clean sweep at the awards night in 2020!

Once again to both Lauren and Chelsea, well done and congratulations, the NRFC are just so proud of you both, but keep in mind their is one thing you both have that many don’t and maybe never will, a “Premiership” medal.

Go Girls & Go Saints!