After joining Albury Tigers this season, Rebekah Ohlin was unsure whether she still had what it takes to play netball at Ovens and Murray level.
But after being awarded the club's best and fairest in her return, Ohlin's worries were put to rest.
The nod marked the classy defender's third career best and fairest, having previously received the honour at past clubs Wodonga Bulldogs and Tallangatta.
It also comes in the same year Ohlin reached her 200 A-grade game milestone in the league, playing with three clubs along the way.
While Ohlin admits the recognition isn't what drives her to step out onto the court each week, she said it was still a nice achievement.
"You obviously don't play for awards for yourself, but it was good," Ohlin said.
"Coming back at the start of the year I was pretty nervous about whether I could play at that level still, so it was a nice reward knowing that I can still do it."
After a stint in the Tallangatta and District Netball Association and a premiership with the Hoppers under her belt, Ohlin was ready to return to the O and M, with the Tigers feeling like the best fit.
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Ohlin said the lure of playing under Tigers' coach Sarah Moore, as well as with Hoppers' teammates Emily Rodd and Karina Cameron, made the decision easy.
"As soon as I walked in there I knew it was right," Ohlin said.
Ohlin also praised the season of Rodd in her first year playing in the Ovens and Murray.
Rodd received 101 votes in the club's medal count, coming runner-up to Ohlin who was 17 votes clear.
"That was a really great reward for her (Rodd)," Ohlin said.
The Tigers won 10 of their 18 games during the home and away season and snuck into finals with a last round win against Myrtleford.
However, a first finals encounter against Yarrawonga marked the end of the Tigers season.
The experienced defender said she was impressed by Pigeon's young gun Elle Brooks in the encounter.
"She's amazing, and obviously having Bridget Cassar as a mentor, she's going to be really good," Ohlin said.
While the Tigers had a whole new look to that of the side that played in the 2018 grand final, Ohlin said she's looking forward to seeing how they continue to develop from this season, with the best and fairest winner hoping to be back in yellow and black next year.
'We had some injuries and people in and out for the year," Ohlin said.
"We also had a lot of new people in the team, so I think to make finals was a good effort.
"I think if we can keep everyone together, we'll definitely push again for finals.
"Hopefully I'll have another good pre-season and go again."