Port Macquarie's Anna Gleeson has completed a 'fairytale' run being crowned player of the final in Australia's winning team for the 2019 Touch Football World Cup.
Gleeson carved out a lasting legacy with an 8-nil win over New Zealand in the women's 35's grade match held at the World Cup from April 28 to May 4 in Malaysia.
She was one of six Port Macquarie touch footy legends to represent Australia including Tahney Luck, Wayne Gleeson, Beau Montgomery, Warren Lorger and Men's 40's coach Peter Vincent.
"It's everything I could have possibly dream of," she said.
"To win a grand final eight-nil, to not concede a try in a grand final and then to be awarded the player of the final is just the absolute pinnacle.
"It's a fairy tale, it's pretty cool."
Gleeson played in a central role for the games held in Kuala Lumpur.
"Our coaches were really specific in our individual roles, playing in the middle my role was to defend hard and really get up to makes some big touches," she said.
"Playing New Zealand you have to be really aggressive because they are really strong, so it's important to make those dominant touches.
"As a team we bonded really well and had such an amazing culture in our team , you don't always get that and it was just the biggest reason we have done so well."
Of the Port Macquarie athletes, Vincent and Lorger have previously represented Australia in 2011, Vincent and Wayne Gleeson also attending in 2015.
This year's team members attended an initial selection camp in January before the team was announced on Australia Day.
Tahney and Montgomery winning gold in the Women's 35's and Men's 30's, while Warren Lorger picked up a gold in the Men's 35's.
Vincent and Wayne Gleeson snagged a silver in the finals loss to New Zealand for the Men's 40's.
"To go together from Port Macquarie, five players and a coach as a group going and our families," said Ms Gleeson.
"To arrive at the opening ceremony and see every player I literally had goosebumps, it was an amazing experience."
"I've had so much support from friends and family in Port Macquarie and all over Australia, it's blown me away the support we have received.
"There was over 30 people at the airport to welcome me home, it made me feel pretty awesome."
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