Slice of Cheese

Beth Bygrave Storms Home To Claim Super League Medal

A final round 3 vote performance has propelled Launceston City midfielder, Beth Bygrave, to the PFD Women’s Super League Best and Fairest Medal.

Bygrave trailed Taroona defender Holly Ayton by a single vote heading into the final round of games and when Ayton polled 1 vote against Olympia in her sides 5-3 loss to Olympia, the gap was extended to 2 votes. But a best on ground display in City’s 9-0 win over the Kingborough Lions saw the City midfield general crowned the winner.

It capped a barnstorming finish to the season for the Launceston City midfielder, who polled 8 votes across the final 3 games and 14 from the final 6, to poll a total 27 votes, beating out Ayton on 26.

Bygrave’s midfield partner and teammate Caitlin Storay finished in third place well behind the leading duo on 19 votes. Golden Boot winner Lucy Johnson polled less than expected, coming in 10th place despite scoring a massive 38 goals for the season.

Despite their dominance Hobart Zebras were victims of the evenness of their side as Allie Berry and Danielle Kannegiesser both finished in the top five with 16 and 17 votes respectively. The likes of Bowden, Burt, Mason and O’Brien all polled over 9 votes as they ultimately stole votes from each other. Coach Chris Hey unsurprisingly took out the Super League Coach of the Year Award.

Lucy Johnson won the Golden Boot with 38 goals- Solstice Photography

The win was Bygrave’s third major award for the year having also claimed the best on ground medal in her side’s 1-0 defeat to Hobart Zebras in the Statewide Cup final as well as the Launceston City Best and Fairest award.

Bygrave said she was honoured to have won the award and was impressed with the improving standard of Women’s football in Tasmania.

“It’s a real honour to have won this, I’ve really enjoyed this season. I think the Super League is a great credit to Women’s Football in Tasmanian and long may it continue.

It’s just a shame we couldn’t take any silverware from Zebras, but it’s been a really good year and the standard of Women’s Football is Tasmania is really good.”

Bygrave was immense in a losing Cup Final side- Solstice Photography

Final Standings

10th Place- 13 Votes Lucy Johnson, Georgia Crawford (Olympia)

9th Place- 14 Votes Laura Davis (Kingborough)

8th Place- 15 Votes Phoebe Djakic (Ulverstone)

6th Place- 16 Votes- Zara Dixon (Clarence) Inocent Michael (Olympia)

5th Place- 17 Votes- Danielle Kannegiesser (Hobart Zebras)

4th– Place- 18 Votes Allie Berry (Hobart Zebras)

3rd– Place- 19 Votes Caitlin Storay (Launceston City)

2nd Place 26 Votes- Holly Ayton (Taroona)

1st Place 27 Votes- Beth Bygrave (Launceston City)

Chris Hey was named Coach of the Year- Solstice Photography