Honours & Awards


ALA accepts nominations on an annual basis from clubs and/or associations with the closing date advised annually. Presentation of successful nominations will be at the ALA Annual Recognition Dinner.
Information regarding the ALA Merit Awards can be found here:


ALA accepts nominations on an annual basis from Member Associations only with the closing date advised annually. Presentation of successful nominations will be at the ALA Annual Recognition Dinner.
Information regarding ALA Life Membership can be found here:
Closing date for nominations is close of business on 22nd April in any given year.


Lacrosse in Australia has a rich history going back many generations. Within this history is the three associations; the Women’s Lacrosse Association, Lacrosse Australia and the current Australian Lacrosse Association. Each Association across their history have recognised and awarded individuals for their service to the sport of lacrosse.

The ALA is proud to provide the current lacrosse community the history and records of the awardees for all three associations. You can view Full Listing of Women’s Lacrosse Australian Life Members & Merit Awards, Lacrosse Australia Fellows & Merit Awards and Australian Lacrosse Association Life Membership & Merit Awards using this Link.



The ALA bestows a number of honours and awards each year, some of which are described below.

Personal Awards

Isaachsen Trophy - Best and Fairest Men's Player

The trophy was donated by Cedric Isaachsen to the Australian Lacrosse Council (ALC) in 1963. He was a remarkable man who had a distinguished military career, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and earning the honour of Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO), followed by a distinguished legal career. Mr. Isaachsen was President of ALC 1962-65, then Vice-President for 14 years until 1979. He was elected as a Fellow of the ALC in 1994. He lived in South Australia and died in 2009, aged 97 years.

Shelley Maher Trophy - Best and Fairest Women's Player

The trophy is named in honour of Shelley Maher and was instituted in 2012 by the ALA. As the last President of Women’s Lacrosse Australia (2001-2009) Shelley committed to excellence in all areas of administration. In her home State of Victoria Shelley was President of Women’s Lacrosse Victoria (1998-2001), and was elected a Life Member in 2001, and in 2009 of Women’s Lacrosse Australia. She was active as a player with Williamstown Women’s Lacrosse Club and represented Victoria in senior competition (2002, 2005). Shelley was an ALA Director (2007-2010) and now resides in the USA where she remains active in lacrosse as the Women’s Director on the Federation of International Lacrosse.