Netball’s night of nights has concluded for 2023, with a number of big names taking out awards at the Australian Netball Awards.
The Inner Sanctum recaps the winners from Saturday night.
SSN Player of the Year: Shamera Sterling
The 28-year-old put the league on notice during the recent SSN season. A stellar campaign with the Adelaide Thunderbirds sees Sterling named as the player of the year recipient.
A key part of the Thunderbirds’ premiership win earlier this year, Sterling was impactful over the 16 SSN games she appeared in with 1472 Nissan Net Points.
SSN Rookie of the Year: Lucy Austin
Another Adelaide Thunderbird was rewarded for a strong season, with Austin taking out the Rookie of the Year award.
The award marks yet another milestone for the rising star. She became a premiership player at 21, having made her debut in the previous season.
The South Australian local was integral to the Thunderbirds’ premiership, playing all 14 SSN games this year. Austin was also a part of Australia’s Fast5 side this year.
Player of the Year: Emily Andrew
The Victorian Fury sharpshooter claimed the Player of the Year award. A rising talent on the court, Andrew was a training partner with the Melbourne Vixens this season.
Fast5 Player of the Series: Matilda Garrett
After leading the Australian side to a thrilling win against New Zealand, Garrett was named as Fast5’s player of the series.
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SSN Team of the Year
Donnell Wallam (Goalshooter), Helen Housby (Goal Attack), Paige Hadley (Wing Attack), Latanya Wilson (Wing Defence), Jamie-Lee Price (Centre), Jodi-Ann Ward (Goal Defence), Shamera Sterling (Goal Keeper)
Reserves: Steph Wood (Attack), Liz Watson (Midcourt), Courtney Bruce (Defence)
Joyce Brown OAM Coach of the Year: Stacey Marinkovich
A stellar year for the Australian Diamonds head coach, Stacey Marinkovich was awarded the coach of the year. The award capped off a sensational run for the Diamonds, including a consecutive Fast5 title and a 12th Netball World Cup.
Lorna McConchie Umpire of the Year: Josh Bowring
Australian International Player of the Year: Courtney Bruce
Liz Ellis Diamond: Courtney Bruce
The 29-year-old shone in the green and gold this year. Her dominant performances on the court during the Netball World Cup, the Constellation Cup and the South Africa Series helped her get recognition for her international season.
Bruce wrapped up her awards night, also taking out the Liz Ellis Diamond award. Along with her international season, Bruce also impressed many fans and critics in the SSN. For the West Coast Fever, the defender had a season to remember with 1067.5 Nissan Net Points.