Kelly Wins Inaugural Women’s Golden Boot

Updated: November 8, 2018

NSW Country Women’s Representative player Isabelle Kelly has capped off a memorable season after being named the inaugural winner of the Women’s RLIF Golden Boot Award.

Kelly finished ahead of fellow Jillaroos Ali Brigginshaw and Brittany Breayley, Kiwi Ferns Honey Hireme and England’s Georgia Roche in voting to claim the title which recognises the most outstanding male and female performances in international matches and covers all fully sanctioned international games played from last December’s World Cup Finals to the recent men’s test match between England and New Zealand.

Kelly’s Golden Boot caps off a magnificent last 12-months which includes a World Cup victory with the Australian Jillaroos, Player of the Match honours for the victorious NSW Blues in the inaugural Women’s State of Origin, a NRLW Grand Final appearance with the Sydney Roosters  and a victory with NSW Country in the inaugural Women’s National Championship.

Speaking with Kelly, who scored doubles in the 2017 Women’s World Cup Final and recent test match against the Silver Ferns in Auckland, admitted it was a huge honour to receive the prestigious award.

“It’s really exciting – I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet,” said Kelly.

“I’ve had quite a few calls from friends and family congratulating me and it’s quite humbling to be honest.

“It was a real honour to be nominated alongside such great players and it’s great to see the women’s international game being recognised in this way.”

The RLIF Golden Boot Award is chosen by a panel drawn from rugby league media in both the northern and southern hemispheres.

This year’s panel comprised of and senior reporter Brad Walter, BBC commentator Dave Woods, renowned journalist Steve Mascord, film maker and Pacific specialist Joanna Lester and League Express managing editor Martyn Sadler.

Kelly was unable to attend the celebration dinner at Elland Road, Leeds – but sent a video message from Australia to accept her award.