Wollongong Saints young gun Maddy Collier capped a remarkable season when she was named the Sydney Women's AFL League's best and fairest player this week.
The surprise honour capped an otherwise forgettable season for the Saints, who finished the season at the foot of the ladder with one win from 14 games, which made the Shoalhaven 18-year-old's achievement all the more remarkable.
"It was the biggest shock. I did not expect it at all," Collier said.
"We came dead last so it was surprising.
"The person that I think is the best player in the competition [Courtney Gum] came runner-up and I sat there and thought 'who could've been better than this girl, she's the best?' Then they read out my name and I just thought 'what? That's crazy'."
The midfielder beat UNSW's Gum by one vote.
Gum was the highest ranked NSW player (No 26) picked in May's inaugural women's draft in which AFL clubs Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs selected the country's top 50 women's players for the first ever women's match.
Collier, who beat Sydney Uni's Jennifer Lew (No 35) to claim the best and fairest gong, hopes to enter the draft next season.
"That's something I really want to do. That will probably be my goal next year."
The AFL aims to have a national women's competition by 2020.
The achievement will be bittersweet for the Saints, who will lose Collier next season.
"I'll play in the Sydney competition again but probably for a different team," she said.
"Our team's going down to division two and I want to keep playing division one."