ASHLEE Dendle was trekking through Nepal when she received the news she had won the Hampden division two best and fairest award.
The Terang Mortlake centre was thrilled with the win but said it was “honestly very unexpected”.
“I’m obviously overseas in Nepal at the moment, I didn’t even know when it was on,” she said.
“We had a great team of girls and we just played for the social side. I didn’t feel like I was a standout player.”
Dendle played 14 matches this season, missing some games with lower back injuries, but said there was “no worries” with her body now.
“But hopefully it holds up through our trek through Nepal," the 23-year-old said.
Camperdown centre Rachel Mungean became the inaugural division three best and fairest winner.
She was in front when the count picked up after 15 rounds, but was leapfrogged by Hamilton Kangaroos’ Ellen Casey in round 16.
The count came down to the final game, which fittingly was between the Magpies and the Kangaroos, with a best-on-court effort from the Camperdown midcourter securing her a one-vote win.
Mungean, who won the A1 award four years ago, is a veteran of many finals, but has only been in one winning grand final team.
She is hoping the Magpies can make it two when they take on Koroit in the division three decider this weekend.
“I’ve been there (in finals) 50 thousand times before but still get nervous,” Mungean said.
“You still get those nerves and you still get those butterflies.”