Australia Jillaroos’ Jessica Sergis has been named as winner of the International Rugby League Golden Boot 2019.
The Golden Boot is awarded to the players judged by a panel drawn from the rugby league media, who have produced the best performances in international rugby league in the calendar year.
The panel has reviewed performances across the whole of the 2019 international season which has included a calendar of games that has tripled on previous year’s programmes, with a record twelve nations playing in full international matches.
The short-list drawn up two weeks ago featured Australia’s Ali Brigginshaw who was originally considered alongside the winner Sergis. However, the PNG Orchids captain, Elsie Albert, and England’s Emily Rudge were added to the short-list prior to the final decision in recognition of their outstanding efforts in the two-match series just completed.
Jessica Sergis has grabbed the international game with her athletic and accomplished performance against the New Zealand Ferns in 2019. She was described by the panel as:
“… a dynamic runner on every play. She is an entertainer who knows how to find the line and the perfect role model for young girls and boys everywhere.”
International Rugby League’s chief executive officer, Nigel Wood commented on the winner of the Golden Boot saying:
“It is really important that International Rugby League recognises the players who put in consistently excellent performances representing their country at the highest level. Jessica has had a fantastic 2019 season.
“I would like to congratulate both the winners and also commend the players who ran them close for these awards.
“It all confirms the excitement and the quality that is produced by international rugby league and builds the excitement for 2020 and then into Rugby League World Cup 2021.”