Highest honour: Slatter wins Maree Lambert Medal
AUSSIE RULES: Now in her fourth year playing AFL, Rockhampton Panthers' Amy Slatter is at the peak of her powers.
Coming from a soccer and touch football background, Slatter stumbled upon the oval-game by chance.
New to the region from small CQ mining town of Tieri, she wanted to try a more physical game and the Panthers pounced.
Their initiative has paid off in a big way after the diminutive ruck rover was named the Maree Lambert Medallist as the best and fairest player.
Possessing a clean, well-weighted kicking action and hands growing in confidence, skills naturally honed from her previous sports, Slatter was surprised to claim the award.
"I was definitely not expecting it, that's for sure," she grinned.
"I am very proud though. I feel like this year I have been putting my head over the ball more and my courage has improved.
"My fitness has been really good compared to last year but because I am in my fourth year I feel brave enough to attack the ball with confidence.
"I have that confidence to charge into the ruck and go after the ball, be it tackling or emerging from the pack.
"Soccer and touch definitely gave me a head start in the sport, it has helped a lot."
- Amy Slatter - Panthers 16
- Uma Brennan - BITS 14
- Bree Grentell - Bulls 12
- Brittany McHugh - Panthers 12
It is a similar confidence adopted by her Panthers squad, who aim to snap Glenmore's stranglehold on the competition.
Glenmore are gunning for five straight flags and the top two sides meet at Swan Park later today for a place in the final.
Her Panthers will be buoyed by their last meeting however after they enjoyed a two-goal win where Slatter starred.
"The last time we played them we attacked them at the start and it through them off their game a little," the HPE teacher said.
"Knowing we can beat them, we aren't going into the game scared, it has been a psychological problem in the past.
"We are feeling confident this time. The girls have really proved themselves as quality players this year, no one player is going to win us the game, every single player puts in."
Due to her day job at Mt Morgan High, Slatter has noticed more girls are getting into the game.
She believes the game is growing rapidly in CQ.
"The whole competition has become a lot stronger this season, clubs are giving it a really good shake-up," she said.
"High school girls are playing it now, it is getting out there, which is good. They are coming from different sports too like I did.
"It is definitely going in the right direction."