Hamilton takes home Super W Player of Year


By NSW Rugby Media

It’s been a huge 2019 for Grace Hamilton – from winning her second Super W Championship to securing the Wallaroos captaincy – with the barnstorming no.8 has gone from strength to strength.

Hamilton found herself in the top ten of almost every key statistic in the competition and scored four tries, including the match-winner in the 2019 Super W Grand Final.

She racked up 87 carries across her five appearances, beating 24 defenders in the process – announcing herself as one of the premier forwards in the country.

NSW Waratahs Womens Head Coach, Matt Evrard said that Hamilton’s leadership had shone through as she took her game to another level.

“She is in a position now where she wants to be one of the most recognised players in women’s rugby and she is certainly achieving that,” Evrard said.

Hamilton has taken that form to the national team, with some incredible performances for the Wallaroos against Japan – dominating in Newcastle both with and without the ball and snaring a hat-trick at North Sydney Oval in a demolition of the touring side.

“I think you find when players go through these patches in their career it’s when the hard work is starting to pay off and you are getting that reward,” Evrard added.

“You are riding that wave trying to get the best bang for your buck, I know as an athlete she will put herself in that situation to make the most of it but also be working hard enough to keep herself there for as long as possible.

Evrard rewarded Hamilton with a leadership role in 2019, a position that she has revelled in – propelling her to the captaincy of the Wallaroos.

“She has had a really good season, even through Super W it was her first chance to take a leading role at this level.

“Taking on that leadership position has only affected her game in a positive way, it hasn’t been about the extra conversations, it is more leading out on the field which is what she does best.”

“Regardless of the game situation, she is always wanting to carry and make metres and they aren’t the easy metres, they are the hard metres to make, she is better than anyone in terms of break tackles.

“She can physically show leadership through her actions and that is complemented by her understanding of the game which is really impressive.”






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