Rachel Kirchheimer 2018 Shelley Maher Award Winner

Rachel Kirchheimer of Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club
Rachel Kirchheimer of Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club
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Lacrosse Victoria would like to congratuate Newport, Victoria and Australia superstar Rachel Kirchheimer on winning the 2018 Shelley Maher Trophy for the

best female lacrosse player in Australia. For those who don't know Rachel, here are some highlights of her season:

2018 Shelley Maher Trophy Best & Fairest in Australia
2018 Newport Ladies Lacrosse Club Best & Fairest Vera Mellis Trophy/Margaret Barlow Medallist
2018 Lacrosse Victoria Jeannie Matthews Best & Fairest
2018 Lacrosse Victoria State League Highest Goal Scorer
Grand Final MVP
Captain Victoria and Newport
Senior National Championship Tournament MVP
Senior National Championship All-Star Team

We asked Rachel a few questions surrounding her 2018 campaingn. When asked about what it meant winning the Shelley Maher Trophy for the second time the Newport Captain said, "To receive it again now is really exciting. Over the last few years, I have really worked hard to focus on different areas of my game so it is rewarding to see the time and effort I've put in be recognised in this way. It is a massive honour to receive this award."

Kirchheimer received the award first in 2012 and then again in 2018,  becoming just the 2nd female player to win the award twice. When the award was first presented in 2012, she was a co-winner with Brighton Lacrosse Club's (South Australia) Beth Varga.

Despite winning the highest individual award an Australian lacrosse player can win, Kirchheimer was quick to talk about her Premiership winning Newport squad. It is easy to see why she has been selected as a captain at each level (club, state and national). When hearing her talk about the team "It's hard to select a personal highlight for me - obviously winning the State League Grand Final is a big one, but any personal highlight comes off the back of something created by the whole team.
I have definitely raised the average age of the players in both club and state teams this year, but a real highlight has been seeing, and hopefully helping, with the development of some of the younger players in the squads."

She stayed true to that during the recent Women's Indoor Competition held at Westgate Indoor Sports Centre in November when she along with many of the other senior players took the younger juniors players under their wings.

After such a prolific season, we asked her what we can expect for 2019 to which she responded, "Next season I hope to continue having as much fun on the field as I did this year - it makes all those horrible hard running sessions worthwhile!"

Congratulations Rachel! Well done on a tremendous season!


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