Novocastrian superstar and unstoppable Jillaroos centre Isabelle Kelly has been named as one of the final four in the running for the Rugby League International Federation’s Women’s Golden Boot, the highest honour a player can receive.

Kelly’s nomination in the last four, which also includes fellow Jillaroos Brittany Breayley and Ali Brigginshaw as well as Kiwi Ferns commander Honey Hireme, comes after a stellar 2018 for the Gosford-born star, which included match-winning tries in Women’s State of Origin, a dominant season in the inaugural NRLW and a handful of regional competition victories.

The nominations were determined by a panel of experts drawn from the rugby league media across the world and further names will be added after this weekend.

This year the award covers all international games played from the 2017 World Cup final until November 4, including the first two Tests of the upcoming England-New Zealand series.

The panel will reconvene on November 4 to decide on the final shortlist, before the announcement which will be made at a celebration dinner on November 7. The Golden Boot Dinner will be held at Elland Road, Leeds.

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