2015 has already been an outstanding year for Netball in Queensland and it just keeps on getting better.
Netball Queensland boasts five confirmed finalists across eleven categories for the 2015 Queensland Sport Awards, and a further finalist is likely to be announced next week with Mission Queensland Firebirds Captain Laura Geitz nominated for the illustrious category of Sport Star of the Year.
The Mission Queensland Firebirds will face up against a number of outstanding teams in the Sports Team of the Year category, however the dominance and profile of this amazing team of elite athletes throughout 2015 puts them in prime position to take out the award.
Not only were the Firebirds victorious at the ANZ Championship Grand Final – securing the lead with remarkable on-court tactics and perseverance just seconds before the end of the match – but the successes of their season overall were unheard of.
Three trophies now take pride of place in the silverware cabinet – the ANZ Championship trophy, the inaugural Australian Conference Trophy and the Challenge Trophy – as well as these achievements the Firebirds dominated the league throughout the whole season, dropping just one match across 14 Rounds and 3 Finals Series matches.
The 2015 season marked individual honours within the team, Laura Geitz, Romelda Aiken and Rebecca Bulley each reaching 100 professional games in the ANZ Championship, and Aiken was also named MVP of the Australian Conference.
Roselee Jencke, who has seen nothing but success throughout the 2015 season, is a finalist in the Coach of the Year category.
As well as becoming the most successful coach in the history of the ANZ Championship, steering the Queensland Firebirds to Grand Final victory in 2011 and 2015 while recently travelling to New Zealand with the Australia Diamonds as an Assistant Coach, Jencke also spent time in 2015 contributing to the development of athletes and coaches throughout the Netball Queensland elite development pathway.
The ANZ Championship Grand Final, hosted by Netball Queensland at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Sunday 21st June 2015 has also been acknowledged as a finalist in the Sport Event of the Year category, rounding out the accolades for the Mission Queensland Firebirds.
Up and coming Queensland netball star Kimberley Jenner has also been recognised, as a finalist in the Junior Sports Star of the Year award.
Commencing her season at the 17U National Netball Championships representing Queensland, Jenner was recognised as the Queensland 17U MVP, named in the Australian 17U Squad and was significantly named MVP of the whole 17U National Championships – effectively given the title as the best 17U player in the country.
Locally Jenner also played for the Magnetic North Steelcats Division 1 team in the Queensland State Netball League and was runner up for the Player of the Year Award in this competition.
The depth of talent in Queensland’s youngest representative netball team has also been recognised with our National Netball Championship winning 17 and Under team, of which Jenner was a member, a finalist in the Junior Sport Team of the Year category.
Netball Queensland & Mission Queensland Firebirds Finalists:
Sport Team of the Year
Mission Queensland Firebirds
Sport Coach of the Year
Sport Event of the Year
ANZ Championship Grand Final
Junior Sport Team of the Year
Queensland 17 & Under State Team
Junior Sport Start of the Year