Saturday not only saw the conclusion of Sapphire with crowning of a National Champion and two conference titles, but also the selection of an Most Valuable Player for each of top tier, and the two conferences that make up Division Two!
Here’s a quick low-down on the #Sapphire17 MVPs…
Division One – Becky Martin (Hertfordshire Tornadoes)
The most prestigious individual award in Women’s football went to a Defensive Lineman for the second year in a row. We say defensive lineman but Martin has been a star this year for Hertfordshire at every position on the field apart from QB.
She clinched the MVP award over Birmingham’s Ruth Matta capping a great Sapphire Series off with a monster finals day performance. We reached out to the Tornadoes for her stats across the two games on Saturday: 30 points on offence while recording 12 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and a recovered fumble on defence.
Division Two North & West – Tash Crump (Staffordshire Surge)
Despite the Surge struggling this year and holding up the conference ‘Forrest’ Crump has kept her team in games by breaking tackles all over the field and grinding out the yards. Crump fought off the competition for the MVP nod, including a push from Teesside’s GB star Siobhan Henry.
Crump has come back from a serious ankle injury in the off season, and with her first year of Sapphire under her belt she will be looking at competing with the Division One RBs for carries this year with the Northern Blizzard!
Division Two South & East – Josie McInerney
The pocket rocket from Oxford certainly made her mark in her first season of football. A scrum half in her other life she has spearheaded the Saint’s involvement in football on and off the field.
With her other fellow nominees putting in solid finals performances McInerney took the competition by the scruff the neck and stamped her name on the trophy. She has made an impact on both sides of the ball, and with the potential to play in BAFA’s Diamond Series she will be one to watch!
Article feature image Photography (c) All Sports Photography, P&M Photography and Jules Ratcliff