IT started and finished with honours for her state that Anna Gleeson best described as a "fairytale".
A golden 12 months came to the best possible conclusion on Saturday night in Sydney when she received the 2018/2019 Touch Football NSW senior player of the year award.
"There's no chance that I can top the last 12 months, that's for sure," Gleeson said.
In October, she was part of the NSW Blues side who registered a 2-1 series victory over Queensland in the women's over-35 State of Origin.
The win with the Blues was the beginning of a run of success that continued to snowball.
It continued when she steered Port Macquarie's under-10 girls to the NSW Junior State Cup northern conference title in February.
She then pulled on the green and gold of Australia at the Touch Football World Cup in April this year.
Throw in a most valuable player award in the final and a semi-final appearance with the Northern Eagles in the National Touch League and it's a period best described as a whirlwind.
It doesn't get much better.
"From playing State of Origin last year, the team culture in that side was something I had never played in before and I found that love of touch again," she said.
"You play for a long time and things can become a bit monotonous."
With husband Peter in her corner along with numerous others from the Port Macquarie Touch Football Association, their positive reinforcement was why Gleeson had been successful.
"When you're surrounded by people that are encouraging you and telling you that you are good enough and you can do it, it makes a massive difference," she said.
"Especially when I didn't have the confidence or think I was good enough, those people are the ones that said to give it a go."
The mum of three wouldn't have believed anyone last October that she would be the best senior player in the state 12 months down the track.
"I would have said no chance, that's absolute rubbish," she said.
"I never even thought it was a possibility because I've played with so many great senior players in NSW and I thought I just wasn't as good as these other girls."
The only success that has evaded the 40-year-old in a 25-year career in the sport is a NSW Senior State Cup title with Port Macquarie.
2019 could be the year.
"I've never won a senior state cup; I've won quite a few silvers but never a gold, so hopefully one day I can because that would mean so much," Gleeson said.
The focus now has turned to sharing her love of touch football with children Billy, Darcie and Ivy in years to come.
"I want to play with my kids," she said.
"They're getting to that age where they're not too far off and I'm going to keep coaching because I want to be able to give back to the game.
"It's such an exciting time to be a part of the sport for girls with what's available; it's a pretty special time."
And how much longer before she would hang up the boots?
"I'll keep going until I can not run."
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