Roo ace goes back-to-back

By Corowa Free Press

For just the second time in the history of the Toni Wilson Medal, the award was won back-to-back on Monday night with Corowa – Rutherglen ace Sophie Hanrahan taking out the honours by five votes.

Hanrahan is also in another elite league, being only the second Corowa- Rutherglen player to ever win the award as well as only the fifth player to win the award on numerous occasions.

 “It’s nice, but it’s not what we play for,” Hanrahan said.

“To look back at our year, to be walking into the grand final on Sunday is something I would much rather do.”

On top of being a dual Toni Wilson medallist, Hanrahan also won the Intermediate League Best and Fairest for the Hume League in 2012 while playing for CDHBU.

After moving up the court previously, Hanrahan has cemented herself in defence, saying she loves that the position has less pressure than the goal attack end.

“There’s no pressure in defence, you don’t have to think as much, defence is fun,” Hanrahan said.

“This finals series has meant a lot to a lot of women, it’s really exciting and it’s a credit to Georgie Bruce for spearheading it all.

“Georgie Bruce is the reason we are here, it’s a credit to you, all the hard work. 

“I am only up here because of my teammates.” 

A number of her Corowa – Rutherglen clubmates also did well in the league count with defender Eloise Maddox just being pipped to the post in the B Grade by two votes earning herself 27 votes with Annie Bell also finishing well with 18 votes. 

In a high voting count Catherine Wood took out second place in the C Grade with 30 votes, 10 behind the leader. 

At such a young age and with an obvious netball takent, Hanrahan was asked if she would consider playing the state leagues

“I don’t like the big cities, I’m definitely a country girl,” Hanrahan said.

“I would love to go to Melbourne but my life is here and our league is such a good standard.

“Each week you go out and play bottom of the ladder, top of the ladder; it’s always going to be a good standard so I’m happy where I am and while Corowa is going well I might as well stay with them

Sophie is also coaching the C Grade who will also line up this Sunday alongside their A and B Grade clubmates.

“It is rewarding but we have won by one goal the last two weeks which has been stressful so lucky we (A Grade) haven’t played that day too,” Hanrahan said.

“Corowa will be insane, it will be the place to be.”