Chantell Lindsay may have been the oldest Saint out there yesterday, but the game’s Most Valuable Player delivered on the biggest stage.
Starting off as goal attack before moving into goal shooter, the 27-year-old was emphatic scoring 28 of Benalla’s 38 goals in its first B-grade premiership.
Missing just one of her first seven first-quarter attempts, Lindsay ran riot in the first half against Echuca, and in the end she was just relieved to finally taste premiership success.
‘‘It has been a long journey, I have been here for I think six years and we scraped at the bottom for a while, suffered a few heartbreaking losses and now we finally have won one,’’ Lindsay said.
‘‘It is an awesome feeling, I am just excited to do it with this bunch of girls, they are all so young, I am the oldest which shows the future is pretty bright.’’
Her coach, Dylan Nexhip, also praised his captain, praising her ability to lead from the front.
‘‘She (Lindsay) has been fantastic all season, she’s always working super hard, she is committed and today is just credit for what she has done over the years,’’ Nexhip said.
‘‘She is a great role model for all the younger girls.’’
Growing up Lindsay would practice shooting with her brother and it is his advice that has stuck with the athlete forever.
‘‘My big brother taught me how to shoot when I was younger,’’ Lindsay said.
‘‘He would always tell me to pretend that there was a magpie on the top of the ring and I had to knock it off.
‘‘That has stuck with me forever and thankfully it worked again today and we were able to win.’’
As captain Lindsay led from the front, but as all leaders do, she praised her teammates for their efforts.
‘‘We just worked hard all game, I wouldn’t say that we were overly confident going in,’’ Lindsay said.
‘‘We knew we were going to get a tough game against them and that transpired in the end, but the girls stood up and we were able to deliver.’’