Just like the AFL with the Brownlow medal and the Dally M in Rugby League, Netball Queensland is in awards season with competition for the sport’s most valuable players down to the wire.
Only two points separate the leading three contenders for the MVP of Netball Queensland’s premier state wide competition, the Queensland Champions Cup (QCC).
Lani Tate from Magnetic North Steelcats, had an outstanding season in the centre court, while two goal shooters, Beryl Friday from the Carina Leagues Club Tigers and Abigail Meafou from the Logan Wildcats both had superb seasons under the ring.
It’s a similarly tight tussle at the top in the Mission Queensland State Netball League with four players ahead of the pack in the quest to unearth the MVP for 2014.
Two goal attack players, Alanah Cassidy from Brisbane West Lions and Michaela Kadlecek from the Marlin Coast Marlins are neck and neck with another shooter Claudia Jones from the Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars and the only defender Lenora Misa from the Logan Wildcats.
Netball Queensland Competitions Co-ordinator Nikita Hellmuth said the incredible level of netball talent out on the court each week meant the points allocation was spread and it will be exciting to see who is named.
“Every week each coach nominated the best player from the opposing team and at the end of the season the player with the most points across the entire season becomes the most valuable player,” Hellmuth said.
“45 different players representing all State League teams in the QCC received points for being the best on court while in MQSNL, 77 athletes were singled out for player of the match points.”
Not one player dominated in either competition.
“In QCC the Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars had eight different players attracting nominations for best player while the Steelcats had seven athletes getting points over the season,” Hellmuth said.
“It just shows the level of netball talent in Queensland with so many players from all teams able to attract points,” she said.
“In MQSNL the Whitsunday Sharks had nine athletes nominated over the season while the Capricorn Claws had eight and the Wildcats are represented by seven players.”
“It’s going to be a thrill to announce the winners.”
The 2014 QCC and MQSNL MVP’s will be named at the Netball Queensland High Tea awards celebration on October 18.
The volunteer of the year, coach of the year and umpire of the year will also be honoured.
The Netball Queensland High Tea is open for everyone from the netball community to attend and is a great way to end an amazing season and celebrate 2014 together.
Date: Saturday 18 October
Time: 3:30 to 5:30pm
Location: Indooroopilly Golf Club, Meiers Road, Indooroopilly
Dress: Smart Casual
Tickets are $50 and include champagne on arrival, a decadent array of petite sweets and savouries, and endless tea and coffee.
Ticket bookings close on Thursday 9th October and can be made online here – http://www.trybooking.com/102125.
2014 QCC Most Valuable Player Shortlist
Beryl Friday – Carina Leagues Club Tigers
Abigail Meafou – Logan Wildcats
Lani Tate – Magnetic North Steelcats
2014 MQSNL Most Valuable Player Shortlist
Alanah Cassidy – Brisbane West Lions
Claudia Jones – Kedron Wavell Services Club Cougars
Michaela Kadlecek – Marlin Coast Marlins
Lenora Misa – Logan Wildcats