WOMEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2018: MOLLIE LATHAM
Mollie Latham, Captain of Crewe and Nantwich Ladies, has made a tremendous impacted across the field of play and within the wider club and rugby community.
Mollie’s contribution can be categorized as: Player, Leader, Recruiter and Role Model.
As a player, Mollie has a versatility and willingness to lead by example. CNRUFC Ladies has been successful since inception and Mollie has been vital to the team’s journey. Naturally a back-row forward she has set an example to the wider squad by playing wherever she is needed. She is leading try scorer with 15 tries.
Although Mollie is a gifted player, she has worked hard to improve. Her willingness to do extra training has seen her increase her own fitness and particularly her speed.
As a Leader, Mollie is capable of leading a team of strong personalities and also, crucially, recognising when players struggle. She has an ability to spot when a team-mate is unsure of themselves, giving the necessary words of encouragement to bring them back into the game without ever letting her own contribution drop.
As a Recruiter, Mollie has helped grow the squad. The majority of players have stayed the distance- growing the squad by an incredible 35% this season.
As a Role Model, Mollie’s conduct has been exemplary. She plays a role in supporting the juniors, contributed to the ‘boot camp’ the team ran over the summer, leading some sessions herself.
Although Mollie could play rugby at a higher level, she recognises the importance of the local rugby family and embodies the RFU values.