West Adelaide midfielder Hannah Martin has pipped her rivals at the post to win the SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League Best and Fairest Award for season 2018.
After starting the season strongly to bank seven votes by the halfway mark at Round 5, the eldest Martin sibling appeared out of the running when she slipped back to be in equal fifth place heading into Round 10.
But after polling three votes in the last minor round match of the season, the 21-year-old leapfrogged North Adelaide pair Jess Edwards and Britt Perry, Sturt’s Becchara Palmer and her younger sister Rachelle Martin to claim the coveted individual trophy.
Hannah finished with a tally of 11 votes, placing her one ahead of Edwards and Perry who polled 10 each while her 19-year-old sister Rachelle finished fourth on nine votes.
Martin’s win was even more meritorious given she missed two of the 10 minor round matches with an ankle injury, polling votes with strong performances in Round 2, 3, 5, 8 and 10.
It was Martin’s first SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League campaign, having only taken up the sport a year earlier with the Bloods’ SAWFL team.
Currently working as an after hours school carer while studying teaching at Uni SA, Martin also received the Round 8 Powerade Breakthrough Player nomination for collecting a game-high 23 disposals against Glenelg.
Selected on the wing in The Advertiser SANFLW Team of the Year, Martin averaged 15 disposals while providing plenty of run and carry for the Bloods, who narrowly missed playing finals. Hannah is joined in The Advertiser SANFLW Team of the Year by sister Rachelle Martin, and team mates Chelsea Biddell and captain Allison Evans.