Maryanne 'Mac' Harley Wins Mostyn Medal
Our club captain, Maryanne ‘Mac’ Harley, has claimed the 2023 Mostyn Medal, cementing her status as one of SUANFC’s greats.
The Mostyn Medal serves as a symbol of individual brilliance within the AFL Sydney Women’s Premier Division. Named in honour of trailblazer Sam Mostyn, the first female AFL Commissioner, the Mostyn Medal identifies the standout player of the season. Mac’s performance this year was extraordinary, garnering 25 votes. She polled higher than any winner of the award since Amanda Farrugia, who scored 28 votes in 2017 and later became the inaugural GWS Giants captain in the AFLW.
The Club President highlighted the significance of the Mostyn Medal, “Winning the Mostyn Medal isn’t just an individual accomplishment; it’s a proud moment in our club’s history. Mac has been a star player for us, and her character and leadership skills are as valued as her on-field performance.”
Coach Jon Dyster further emphasised the weight of the Mostyn Medal. “In the context of such a prestigious award as the Mostyn Medal, Mac’s win is not just a reflection of her skill but also of her relentless drive and leadership qualities.”
Mac’s Mostyn Medal win places her in an elite group of Sydney UNI players who have achieved this feat. She follows Nic Barr, the 2016 Mostyn Medal winner, and Stephanie Walker, who claimed the award in 2014.
Although the team secured a 5th place finish and were disappointed to exit in the first final, Mac’s Mostyn Medal win serves as a beacon for the club’s promising future. We are excited to watch on as future leaders follow in Mac’s footsteps.