Netball Queensland celebrated and recognised our finest athletes, umpires, coaches and volunteers for their achievements throughout the year at its annual awards night on Saturday.
The event took on a different feel from previous years and was held in the form of a High Tea at Indooroopilly Golf Club with guest speaker, Netball Queensland’s first ambassador, award winning author and columnist Rebecca Sparrow entertaining the star studded audience.
Victoria Carthew hosted the event and there was plenty to celebrate on the back of another successful year for netball in Queensland.
Earlier in the year the Queensland 19U State team, coached by Christine Vogue, claimed the title of 2014 National Champions at the National Netball Championships in Victoria with star shooter Cara Koenen being named MVP of the tournament before going on to star for the Fusion.
The Queensland Fusion then made a historic tilt at the Australian Netball League trophy, after almost snatching a nail-biting, come-from-behind win in the team’s first ever Grand Final appearance.
The Fusion team was sporting some of the best young talent Netball Queensland has to offer in Stephanie Wood and new Firebirds recruit Beryl Friday.
There was a changing of the guard in Netball Queensland’s elite state competitions, Mission Queensland State Netball League (MQSNL) and the Queensland Championship Cup (QCC), with many talented athletes hitting the courts across the state coming through the Netball Queensland pathways including Abigail Latu-Meafou and Alanah Cassidy.
Of course we cannot forget the success of our and umpires and the people who keep our great sport running, our volunteers.
Promising young Netball Queensland umpire Ashleigh Stevenson has been recognized as a rising talent after being badged with her National A umpiring badge which sees her progress into Netball Australia’s talent identification pathways with a dream of one day hitting the court at the ANZ Championship level.
Volunteer of the Year, Margaret McGuire (pictured above), has been involved in netball for over 40 years, she is an accomplished and accredited umpire who has umpired at Association level, been involved in scoring, collating points, registering players and has also fulfilled many coaching duties.
Margaret has been a coordinator of intellectually impaired Netball Program at Metropolitan Districts Netball Association since 1987.
And the winners are…
QCC MVP – Beryl Friday and Abigail Latu-Meafou
MQSNL MVP – Alanah Cassidy
17U MVP – Lenora Misa
19U MVP – Cara Koenen
21U MVP – Stephanie O’Brien
Fusion MVP – Stephanie Wood
Judy Sampson Memorial Trophy – Leah Middleton
Coach of the Year – Christine Voge (19U Queensland State team coach)
Umpire of the Year – Ashleigh Stevenson
Volunteer of the Year – Margaret McGuire