Congratulations to the following individuals and Associations who have been announced as finalists in the 2015 Queensland Netball Awards:
Volunteer of the Year
Alecia Connor (Brisbane)
Dale Constant (Tablelands)
Karen Reid (Underwood Park)
Coach of the Year
Barrie Emanuel (Townsville City)
Kacey Lewis (Underwood Park)
Amanda VanderWal (Downey Park)
Umpire of the Year
Toni Day (Mackay)
Claire Johnson (Underwood Park)
Jessica Lakeman (Downey Park)
Association of the Year
Metropolitan Districts Netball Association
Tweed Netball Association
Underwood Park Netball Association
Congratulations to the following players who have been announced as finalists in the 2015 Queensland Netball Awards:
17 & Under MVP: Kimberley Jenner & Tara Hinchliffe
19 & Under MVP: Josephine Hungerford & Ashlee Unie
21 & Under MVP: Mahalia Cassidy & Leah Middleton
QLD Fusion MVP: Abigail Latu-Meafou & Laura Clemesha
Judy Sampson Memorial Trophy: Ashlee Unie & Josephine Hungerford
MQSNL Division 1 Player of the Year: Kimberly Jenner & Kari Arrow
MQSNL Division 2 Player of the Year: Nikki Jones & Blaze Leslie
17 and Under State Team Most Valuable Player Finalists: Kimberley Jenner and Tara Hinchliffe
The 17 and Under 17 State Team Most Valuable Player is awarded to the player who demonstrated the most talent and skill in the Queensland 17 and Under National Netball Championships team.
A member of Townsville City Netball Association, Kimberley Jenner was a defender for the Queensland 17 and Under State Team in 2015. Jenner’s tight and consistent defence made her a valuable asset to her team. Her outstanding performance at the National Netball Championships saw her be awarded the Most Valuable Player for the competition and earned her a spot in the 2015 Australian 17 and Under Squad.
Tara Hinchliffe was also a defender for the 2015 Queensland 17 and Under State Team. From Brisbane Netball Association, Hinchliffe’s display of skill and defensive ability contributed to Queensland’s grand final win at the National Netball Championships. Her defensive ability earned her a spot in the 2015 Australian 17 and Under Squad.
19 and Under State Team Most Valuable Player Finalists: Josephine Hungerford and Ashlee Unie
The 19 and Under State Team Most Valuable Player is awarded to the player who demonstrated the most talent and skill in the Queensland 17 and Under National Netball Championships.
Josephine Hungerford was a midcourt player for the 2015 19 and Under Queensland State Team. A member of the Sunshine Coast Netball Association, 2015 marks Hungerford’s third year of selection in the 19 and Under State Team. Her vision into the circle and quick thinking made her a valuable asset to her team.
Fellow Sunshine Coast Netball Association member, Ashlee Unie, was a circle defender for the 2015 19 and Under Queensland State Team. This year was also Unie’s third year in the 19 and Under State Team. Her consistently strong performance at the National Netball Championships earned her a spot in the 2015 Australian 19 and Under Squad.
21 and Under State Team Most Valuable Player Finalists: Mahalia Cassidy and Leah Middleton
The 21 and Under State Team Most Valuable Player is awarded to the player who demonstrated the most talent and skill across the 21 and Under National Netball Championships.
Pine Rivers Netball Association member and Queensland 21 and Under State Team midcourt player, Mahalia Cassidy, has made a big splash on the netball scene this year. After being pulled into the Mission Queensland Firebirds as a replacement player in 2015, Cassidy has been signed as an official Firebird in 2016. Cassidy’s speed and decision making ability contributed to the Queensland 21’s bronze medal at the National Netball Championships this year and earned her a spot in the 2015 Australian 21 and Under Team.
Leah Middleton is a member of Southport Carrara Netball Association and was a circle defender in the 2015 Queensland 21 and Under State Team. Since she started playing netball, Middleton has risen through the ranks of the Netball Queensland pathway. Middleton’s strength and defensive ability made her a real asset to her team at the 2015 National Netball Championships.
QLD Fusion Most Valuable Player Finalists: Abigail Latu-Meafou and Laura Clemesha
The Queensland Fusion Most Valuable Player is awarded to the player who demonstrated the most talent and skill throughout the Australian Netball League.
Abigail Latu-Meafou is a member of Jimboomba Netball Association and a shooter for the Queensland Fusion in 2015. Latu-Meafou made a huge contribution to her team through her excellent shooting statistics, averaging in the 80% range. Her shooting accuracy and hard work on the court has made her a contender for this award.
Laura Clemesha was a member of the Firebirds in 2015 and has been resigned for the 2016 season. As a circle defender and Fusion Vice-Captain, Clemesha had a big influence on the success of the Fusion this year, where they ended the Australian Netball League in fourth place.
Judy Sampson Memorial Trophy Finalists: Ashlee Unie and Josephine Hungerford.
The Judy Sampson Memorial Trophy was donated by Tasmania Netball Association in honour of Judy Sampson, who passed away while attending the Under 19 National Championship in 1994. The trophy is awarded to a member of the Under 19 Queensland State Team for possessing some the qualities Judy had – team spirit, determination, courage, dedication and a great love of the sport. Both Ashlee Unie and Josephine Hungerford are finalists for this award after displaying those qualities and being great role models for their teammates at the Australian Under 19 National Netball Championships.
MQSNL Player of the Year
The Mission Queensland State Netball League is a state-wide competition where teams representing the twelve netball regions play off against each other. The competition serves as a pathway into the elite Queensland state teams, including the underage teams, the Queensland Fusion and the Queensland Firebirds. The Mission Queensland State Netball League is split into two divisions, with seven regions represented in division one and all twelve regions represented in division two. The Mission Queensland State Netball League Most Valuable Player is awarded to the most consistently valuable player across the season. Weekly votes are cast by the competitions coaches and are collated at the end of the season to determine the winner. The finalists for the MQSNL Division One Player of the Year are Kimberley Jenner and Kari Arrow. The finalists for the MQSNL Division Two Player of the Year are Nikki Jones and Blaze Leslie.