Tonia Chatterjee has spoken of her sheer delight at being voted the best on ground during the Wandsworth Demons’ epic one point victory over the London Swans in the Women’s Conference Grand Final on Saturday.
The Demons speedster was at her very best as the Dees clinched the Conference Premiership with an intense 1.3 (9) – 1.2 (8) victory over the Swans at a packed Hackney Marshes in East London.
Tonia spoke to AFL England after the Grand Final and said:
“I think when we initially began we were all a bit nervous; we knew we were up against some tough competition. The Swans have some pretty quick girls and the fact that it was also the first Grand Final of the year meant we were all feeling a bit of pressure. But when the first buzzer went off I think we all switched into game mode. We were all determined to get the first goal on the board, which we managed to do – hats off to Doris!
“The last quarter was the toughest of the match. It was extremely hot and we were all quite tired. The Swans came in strong but luckily we managed to hold them off. I didn’t actually hear the final buzzer go off! I just saw a whole bunch of Demons, just players in red and blue screaming and running onto the field towards us. It was an absolutely incredible feeling.
“Winning Best & Fairest was a huge surprise to me, particularly given that I’ve only played two seasons of footy in my life, both of which here in London. Also there’s the fact that I still haven’t mastered the art of kicking a footy. I have to give a big kudos to my team-mates and coaches Libba and Mitch, who have taught me all about the wonderful world of Aussie Rules and really helped me develop my skills.
“Unfortunately, my two-year visa is up at the end of this month, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish up the season. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of such an amazing club in the Demons. I’m incredibly excited to finish off my time in England with the upcoming Grand Finals this weekend.”
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