As part of AFL Victoria’s partnership with Victoria Police, each month via our social media channels and website we will feature Victoria Police FORCE FIT nominations.
The nominees acknowledge players across our Peter Jackson VFL and Swisse Wellness VFL Women’s competitions that deserve recognition around our clubs, both on and off the field.
Throughout the season, Victoria Police selected attributes that we see in both men and women currently working in the police force as well as our VFL footballers, highlighting the similarities between the two.
This is a great opportunity for clubs to nominate someone they think should be put forward in a public forum to be recognised for their achievements.
The latest attribute selected was TEAM PLAYER, with Coburg’s Ryan Exon and Southern Saints’ Rhiannon Watt selected from the club nominees submitted.
Exon was described by Coburg as “epitomising what a true team player is every month of the season.”
He is loyal, he supports and teaches his team mates and he is always encouraging others to be their best. Exon plays a selfless brand of football, often sacrificing his own game and potential to get the ball to be the guy that stops an opposition player from being damaging.”
Watt was a team player this year on many levels at the Saints, described the club “as the all-round spiritual heartbeat of the Southern Saints.” She was always one of the first to include all new players to the group with a friendly smile and some banter and the first to organise social events and engender spirit among the group.
These qualities were on top of taking on the captaincy mid-year, after Georgia Walker forced to retire mid-season, being voted players’ player of the year, she was named the joint inaugural winner of the club best and fairest award and ensured that all support staff (mostly volunteers) were thanked with small gifts at the B&F function.