MARIAH Storch was shocked when her name was read out as the Blackwater Crushettes' Player of the Year.
The lock-forward was dynamic throughout the year and played a huge role in the Crushettes' charge into the finals but thought others deserved the gong.
"At the start of the night I didn't think I was going to get any awards," a very humble Storch said.
"I thought there were better players than me throughout the season but it is a great honour.
"I am the first person to get the award and I felt very honoured to hold up the trophy.
"My defence was pretty strong this year; I had a terrible game at the start of the year but managed to come back and play consistently well in most games."
The Crushettes were denied a debut grand final appearance at the hands of the Emerald Tigers but Storch vowed the club would be back bigger and better in 2016.
"One of our team goals was to make the finals and that's really what we strove for," she said. "We got so close in the end but just couldn't get over the line.
"Towards the end of the year we were playing some great football so hopefully next year we can bring home a premiership after all our hard work training.
"I know there are plenty of young girls who want a run so if we bring some of those through it would be great."
The Crushettes may not have taken the field without the help from the Crushers and Storch knows it.
"I would like to thank the Crushers' club for supporting us girls and Jay Denman our coach and Rebecca Stokes our team manager," she said.
"Without them I wouldn't be able to stand here with this award as we wouldn't have had a team.
"They put so much hard work in to make this possible."
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