ALBURY United’s Shannon Foden has come home with a wet sail to win the women’s star player.
Alicia Torcaso made it a double for the Greens by winning the golden boot for the sixth time in seven years.
The only season she missed was through a year on the sideline with a badly broken leg.
But Foden, 23, too has overcome adversity, breaking her tibia and fibia in 2009 and sitting out that season with Torcaso before shifting to United and wining the league title in 2010.
“I didn’t expect to win it, I’ve never won anything in my life,” Foden said.
“I’ve played soccer since the under-11s and I don’t remember even being in the running for an award.
“I was watching the count trying to work out the result and I really thought that Amy Martin had won it.
“Dave Smith decided to change my role at United this year and perhaps I’ve now found my home at the back as sweeper.
“But for me the fact that the count was so close showed the strength of women’s soccer on the Border — there really is nothing between the top five teams on any given day.”
Foden finished on 22 votes, three clear of Melrose’s Martin.
Maddi Sklenar ran away with the senior goalkeepers award and but for a twist of fate could have made it a treble for United.
The 16-year-old keeper wanted to play senior women’s soccer this year but was told she would have to wait a year at Albury United to get her chance, so she decided to go back to her roots — the club her father and his three brothers had called home — Melrose.
Sklenar won the title by 16 points from another rookie keeper, Jess Noordewier at Boomers. Torcaso finished with 43 goals in an injury-interrupted year, 11 clear of another Boomer, Torey Hayes.
Torcaso praised her teammate.
“I couldn’t be happier, she really deserved to win one of these,” she said.