Lavington's Zarlie Goldsworthy has been crowned the North East Border Female Football League's open best and fairest winner in her first season as a Panther.
Goldsworthy polled 14 votes to edge out United and Alpine Lions runner-up Amie Antonello by two points at the league's presentation night at Albury's Commercial Club on Friday.
With a background in both soccer and cricket, Goldsworthy said this year was about developing her football skills.
"I've always been into other sports, but this is my first year putting footy first," she said during her acceptance speech.
"It started with my brother and my dad, our family is really into footy.
"It started with making them kick the footy with me and it just transitioned into football."
Goldsworthy admitted she's learnt a lot about the game in her journey to becoming a FFL league medallist.
"It's obviously a lot different to watching it on TV, but probably just the ins and outs position-wise and knowing where to go and where not to go," she said.
"Just how to play as a team.
"It was very hard with COVID, a lot of the games were forfeited as well, but overall it was a great season."
Goldsworthy thanked her club, the umpires and her family, giving a special mention to her dad Shane.
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Lavington were to meet Wodonga Raiders in the decider, before the league was forced to abandon the remainder of the season due to the pandemic.
Wangaratta Rovers' Mikaela Trethowan (10) and Wodonga Raiders' Madelyn Hogarth (8) and Caitlin Reid (7) were also among the high vote scorers.
Hogarth was also crowned the open women's leading goal kicker.
Wodonga Raiders' Destiny Dodd took out the 17-under best and fairest medal by one vote from Lavington's Alice Voss.
United and Alpine Lions' Taylah Power was the leading goal kicker, while United's Tash Wilson (11), Samantha Peppler (10) and Murray Feline's Mietta Habets (9) also polled on numerous occasions.
Wodonga Raiders' Rain Dodd became the league's 14-under best and fairest winner after snagging 29 votes this season.
Lavington's Molly McLaren was named runner-up after finishing six votes behind.
McLaren's teammate Rose Bell was the next to follow with 13 votes, as to was Wodonga's Mia Thompson.
Wodonga's Piper Godden rounded out the top five with 10 votes, while Raiders' Sarsha McElhinney took the leading goal kicker award home.
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