Jamie-Lee Napier has been voted as the winner of the Scottish Building Society SWPL Player of the Month for October 2019. She wins the award for the first time this season after having been nominated for May 2019.
Napier played a full 90 minutes in all three league matches in October, scoring four goals in the process. Her team scored 22 goals in October with comprehensive victories over Forfar Farmington and Rangers. However, they suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to rivals Glasgow City FC.
Speaking from Oriam, Napier said: “I’m delighted to have won this award, especially after missing out earlier in the season. October was a strong month for us a whole and I’m pleased to have played my part in the success.”
Hibernian confirmed their place as runners-up in Scottish Building Society SWPL 1 after victory over Forfar Farmington on the final day of the 2019 season. The Edinburgh side finished 11 points behind Glasgow City FC though who clinched a record 13th title in-a-row.
“We were slightly disappointed with our league campaign” said Napier. “However, we appreciate that the competition has got stronger. Celtic pushed us all the way and Glasgow City nearly went undefeated. With that in mind, we’ve ensured we finished runners-up and reached both domestic cup finals. Given the changes we’ve gone through as a squad, I think we can be proud of our 2019 season.”
Paul Alexander, Head of Business Development & Strategy of Scottish Building Society, said: “A huge well done to Jamie-Lee for winning the award. She was narrowly defeated in the May voting but managed to go one further this time around.”
Also nominated for the May award was Clare Docherty (FC Kilmarnock), Donna Paterson (Forfar Farmington), and Kirstie Mcintosh (Hamilton Academical).
“I’d like to say congratulations to all the nominees for what was another busy and entertaining month” said Alexander. “We look forward to presenting the final Player of the Month award for November and wish all those involved in the Scottish Building Society SWPL an enjoyable break.”