Last Friday night the Aspley Hornets held the Club’s 2018 QWFA Best & Fairest Vote Count & Awards Dinner. Clearly ecstatic Club President, Dale Sherwood, commenced the evening’s proceedings announcing to the crowd that AFL Queensland had advised the Club that the Aspley Hornets QWAFL license bid had been accepted with the Hornets entering the QWAFL competition in 2019, confirming AFL Queensland’s endorsement of the Club’s professional and unified female football pathway. The announcement was met with rapturous applause from the crowd, capping off an already brilliant Hornets female football season which culminated in the Club winning it’s inaugural Senior Women’s Premiership in the QWFA Division 1 competition.
In a thrilling QWFA Division 1 Vote Count, Morgan Lanigan & Jazmyn Pringle traded the lead throughout the evening with Lanigan extending her lead to a total of 104 votes through the mid-season rounds before a home & away season ending broken wrist injury, which required surgery, ruled Lanigan out of accruing further votes in the count. Up & coming Hornets star Kate Fraser’s strong run of games in the back half of the season saw her tie level with Lanigan on 104 votes, just ahead of Pringle (101 Votes) heading into the last round in which both Fraser and Lanigan didn’t play. In her first season in the competition Pringle tied the vote count three ways in the final round, polling three votes. Congratulations to Morgan Lanigan, Jazmyn Pringle & Kate Fraser, your QWFA Division 1 Best & Fairest joint-winners. To add to the thrilling finish of the QWFA Division 1 Vote Count, there was a three-way tie for 2nd place between Shaye Easton, Angela Lingard and Teegan Stevenson, all polling 95 votes, with Nicola Clark & Chloe Macdonald, polling 67 votes, to tie for 3rd place. A testament to the even contribution of our senior players, nineteen players finished within the top-10 of the QWFA Division 1 Vote Count.
First year player Amelia Bradley, who joined the Hornets for the 2018 season as a soccer convert, led the QWFA Division 2 Best & Fairest Vote Count from start to finish, eventually polling 27 votes, to narrowly edge out regular QWFA Division 1 first-players, Hayley Hinze & Jessica Doyle (25 votes) who placed 2nd ahead of Reserves Captain, Carissa Jordan, who polled 16 votes to place 3rd. Congratulations to Amelia on your QWFA Division 2 Best & Fairest win.
In a testament to the strong Club environment at the Hornets, each award recipient highlighted the extensive professionalism, support and positive culture within the Club in their acceptance speeches and crediting the work of their team mates and coaches as key contributors to their success.
In his Senior Coach’s Address, Jacob Simmons-Bliss credited the Hornets Women’s Football success to the playing group & football staff’s commitment to learning, development and desire to compete combined with the Club’s professional environment and extensive opportunities for both elite and community players. “The Club’s professional and inclusive environment and support certainly gets the best out of me as a coach and the same can definitely be said for the rest of our football staff and playing group”.
Congratulations to all 2018 QWFA Award recipients and to all members of the senior women’s program on their history making season!
A full list of award recipients is provided below:
QWFA Rising Star Award
Anna van de Wiel
QWFA Division 1 Best & Fairest Player
Morgan Lanigan (104 votes)
Jazmyn Pringle (104 votes)
Kate Fraser (104 votes)
QWFA Division 1 Best & Fairest Player Runner-Up
Teegan Stevenson (95 votes)
Angela Lingard (95 votes)
Shaye Easton (95 votes)
QWFA Division 1 Best & Fairest Player Third
Nicola Clark (67 votes)
Chloe Macdonald (67 votes)
QWFA Division 1 Coach’s Award
QWFA Division 1 Best Team Player
QWFA Division 1 Player’s Player Award
QWFA Division 1 Leading Goal-kicker
Chloe Macdonald (45 Goals)
QWFA Division 1 Most Improved Player
QWFA Division 1 Best Finals Player
QWFA Division 2 Best & Fairest Player
Amelia Bradley (27 votes)
QWFA Division 2 Best & Fairest Player Runner-Up
Hayley Hinze (25 votes)
Jessica Doyle (25 votes)
QWFA Division 2 Best & Fairest Player Third
Carissa Jordan (16 votes)
QWFA Division 2 Coach’s Award
QWFA Division 2 Best Team Player
QWFA Division 2 Player’s Player Award
QWFA Division 2 Leading Goal-kicker
Bree Weaver (10 Goals)
QWFA Division 2 Most Improved Player