ALA President Mike Slattery and Directors have much pleasure in congratulating Marlee and Beth on being equally awarded the 2016 Shelley Maher Trophy.

The Shelley Maher Trophy is awarded to the fairest and best player Australia-wide in the most senior women’s State competition home and away qualifying round matches, based on votes awarded by match umpires.

This award named in honour of Shelley Maher 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 a Life Member 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 Sector Director of the Federation of International Lacrosse.  

The trophy will be presented to Marlee and Beth in 2017, date and venue to be advised.

Congratulations to both Marlee and Beth!

State League Women Marlee Paton Cropped   Beth Varga Cropped