Shelley Watson and Todd Devlin won the McKay and Brophy medals respectively on Wednesday night. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
They were crowned the two best players in the competition but Shelley Watson and Todd Devlin would trade it all for the chance to lift the premiership trophy when their teams contest their grand finals this weekend.
Devlin and Watson were awarded the Brophy and McKay medals respectively as the best and fairest in the men’s and women’s Capital League One hockey competition at their awards night on Wednesday.
But Devlin says they don’t play team sports for the individual honours and they’re focused on helping their team win the title.
‘‘If you play a team sport, the ultimate goal is to win the grand final with your team and any individual accolades are just a bonus,’’ Devlin said.
‘‘The ultimate goal is to win the premiership with the 16 guys you train with all year.’’
Devlin will line up in the midfield for Wests when they take on Central on Saturday, while ANU skipper Watson is hoping her team can continue the fairytale run through the finals when it comes up against St Pats.
Wests have been leading the pack all year and have had the wood over Central, beating them in three of their four meetings this season. Devlin says they are heading into the game riding a wave of confidence and says their attack, led by Olympian Glenn Turner will be too strong for Central.
‘‘We have beaten them, so we know that we can beat them,’’ Devlin said.
ANU finished the regular season in third position and faced two sudden-death games on their journey to the decider, including a shock extra-time win over competition favourites Old Canberrans last weekend.
Watson is amazed at her team’s dream finish to the season, saying they are looking forward to continuing their form against St Pats.
‘‘We only just made it to the semis, so both the semi-final and preliminary final have been do-or-die for us,’’ Watson said.