19/04/2024

Kate Moloney will be back in Vixens colours in 2021. (Photo: Dani Brown)

Melbourne Vixens captain Kate Moloney has won her second consecutive Sharelle McMahon Medal in a virtual awards night on Thursday night.

Melbourne Vixens co-captain Kate Moloney has won the club’s most valuable player award, the Sharelle McMahon Medal, for a second year running.

In what was a completely virtual event, where all staff, players and fans joined from around Australia watching live on Facebook and Youtube, the Vixens captain ended the night on 67 votes. Barely three votes behind was runner-up and goaler Mwai Kumwenda on 64 votes.

This is Moloney’s second McMahon Medal after receiving the award in the Vixens championship season last year. Head coach Simone McKinnis congratulated her captain on the award.

“It’s different in just the challenges that Kate faced as a player on court and off court as well, and still being able to perform, regardless of what was going on around the team,’’ McKinnis said.

“Right from the start she was really consistent in one of the hardest seasons, and being put through the wringer in so many ways, she was still working for the good of the team, helping those around her and making sure that everybody was getting through it OK, but still giving everything she’s got out there on court.

“You could just see her fighting every step of the way, game after game. She just gives everything she’s got to the contest. No matter what the score was or what was happening in the game, she was just throwing herself at everything.’’

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It wasn’t the season that the Vixens had hoped, but the team along with staff and fans celebrated the accolades that were handed out across the night.

Kumwenda was awarded the runner up MVP, which was her highest finish since joining the Vixens in 2017.

The coaches award also went to Moloney, for her leadership and support in what was a tough season both on and off the court, which was recognised by McKinnis.

Kate Moloney and Mwai Kumwenda in the Vixens Indigenous dress. (Photo: Melbourne Vixens)

In her debut season, Hannah Mundy was awarded rookie of the year after replacing injured co-captain Liz Watson as a temporary replacement player before cementing her spot in the Vixens starting seven.

While juggling work and life on the road while being a Vixen, Allie Smith received the Excellence in Sport and Life Award. Team manager Lisa Taylor and strength and conditioning coach, John Tascone shared the the Outstanding Service award.

In what was a special presentation, General Manager Rebekah Webster received the Team Spirit Award.

Webster went above and beyond over the past two years to ensure that the Vixens were at the right place at the right time to be able to get out on court and continue the season. This year, that even meant packing bags and leaving cities at a moments notice.

The Team Spirit Award is highly regarded amongst the Melbourne Vixens with the award being presented by the playing group and coaching staff under unique circumstances. The last time the award was presented was in 2014 to Cath Cox.

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