The TIAR Awards roll on with the Women Eagles 7s Player of the Year.
The Women Eagles 7s began 2016 with a coaching chance and the Olympics looming a few months away. In the end, the team had a very solid performance finishing fifth. That's a testament not only to new coach Richie Walker but also the players that stepped up their game. There were a lot of players on the team that did that making it hard to pick our top three but here they are.
Alev Kelter: Alev Kelter is a star. It was only a few years ago that she picked up a rugby ball for the first time and now she is the most important player on the Eagles. She can do everything. She's physical and great in contact, she has underrated pace, she can kick, and she can make plays. When Kelter is on the pitch good things happen. Still, for us it was her leadership in helping guide the team and rally when they really needed to rally.
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Carmen Farmer: You have to give Farmer a lot of credit. She was the oldest player on the team and only started playing rugby at the age of 31. Yet, like Kelter, she transformed herself into a great rugby player. At first it was 15s and then 7s. We felt that in 2016 especially she turned herself into a fantastic 7s player that filled a role of being an impact player off the bench and a key player on restarts.
Ryan Carlyle: Carlyle's story could have been one of what could have been. After some coaching changes Carlyle was tearing it up for Saracens but out of the national team. She could have easily given up on her Olympic dream. However, she trained hard in Seattle and when given the opportunity to earn her spot back on the Eagles she took it and ran with it. In just a short time in 2016 she made herself an essential part of the Eagles and a key part of their success. Few players have as high of a work rate as she has.
VOTE: Women Eagles 7s Player of the Year— ThisIsAmericanRugby (@ThisIsAmerRugby) January 18, 2017
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