16/04/2024

Maddy Proud and Jhaniele Fowler are among the big winners for club awards. (Images: NSW Swifts/West Coast Fever)

After a stellar SSN season, a number of talented netballers took out the MVP award for their clubs.

After a whirlwind season which saw the West Coast Fever take out their maiden title, Suncorp Super Netball 2022 has capped off with a number of big stars taking out MVP awards.

The Inner Sanctum recaps all the winners down below.

Adelaide Thunderbirds: Shamera Sterling

Since joining the Thunderbirds in 2019, Shamera Sterling has made a massive impact at the club, and 2022 was no different. Taking out the top honours for the second time in her career, the 26-year-old was a well deserving winner for the season yet again.

Appearing in all 14 games, Sterling took out the award after a stellar season encompassed by 1177.5 Nissan Net Points (ranking her third in the league for Nissan Net Points), 16 intercepts, 67 deflections and 37 rebounds.

Sterling was also presented with the Players’ Player award at the Thunderbirds awards presentation.

Collingwood Magpies: Kelsey Browne

For the Collingwood Magpies, it was none other then Kelsey Browne who claimed the club’s Best and Fairest. Her dominance in 2022 saw her cap off her season with the big win during Collingwood’s awards presentation.

In her first club award, Browne took out the award as a result of an exceptional season campaign. During her fourth season as a Magpie, she made 305 assists, nine intercepts and ten deflections. The Magpie also had the second most centre pass receives in the league with 312.

Across the 14 games she played in, the 30-year-old spent 100 per cent time on court. This was the most minutes played by anyone on the team.

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Giants Netball: Jo Harten

For the fourth time, Giants’ shooter Jo Harten has taken out the HCF Most Valuable Player award.

The Giants star was a pivotal part of the side across the 16 games that made up their regular season and two finals. Harten finished the 2022 campaign with 524 goals at an accuracy of 87 per cent.

She also had 14 rebounds and 539 Nissan Net Points to her name.

Melbourne Vixens: Liz Watson

After a 2021 plagued with injuries, the Vixens’ Liz Watson has returned to strong form and took out her club’s highest honour.

Only missing out on votes in one home and away game, Watson was awarded the Sharelle McMahon medal with a whopping 74 votes. She managed to take out the award ahead of runner-up Kate Moloney.

Her 2022 season saw her make 340 assists, five intercepts, 16 deflections, 64 general play turnovers and 270 centre pass receives.

As this is Watson’s third time winning the medal, it sees her equal Geva Mentor‘s record for the most MVP awards.

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NSW Swifts: Maddy Proud

The 28-year-old NSW Swifts midcourter dominated the club’s annual award presentation, taking out top honours with the MVP Award.

Along with being awarded the MVP, Maddy Proud also walked away with the player’s player award, member’s award, and was the joint winner of the coach’s award alongside Paige Hadley.

It was a thrilling season that saw her produce 364 assists, 11 intercepts, 28 deflections, 63 general play turnovers and 1214.5 Nissan Net Points across 14 games.

Queensland Firebirds: Gretel Bueta

As well as celebrating a massive milestone of 100 games this year, Firebirds legend Gretel Bueta can also add the Laura Geitz Medal to an already impressive list of achievements.

Bueta had a sensational season as she continually impressed week in and week out in the struggling side.

In her 2022 season, the former basketballer made 317 goals (including 14 super shots), 19 rebounds and 1046 Nissan Net Points.

She was also ranked first in the league for centre pass receives with 365.

Sunshine Coast Lightning: Mahalia Cassidy

Mahalia Cassidy was the Sunshine Coast Lightning’s best player of the year after a stellar 2022 campaign.

The Lightning midcourter was dominant this year and impressed on court to take out the MVP award.

Her season performance consisted of 63 assists, 16 intercepts, 22 deflections, 27 general play turnovers and 486.5 Nissan Net Points.

West Coast Fever: Jhaniele Fowler

Premiership player Jhaniele Fowler was awarded the Stacey Marinkovich Medal for a fourth time in her SSN career after polling 58 votes. She’s now won four times straight, adding on to medals in 2021, 2020 and 2019.

The Fever’s shooter was a more than worthy winner of the medal. This season, she was ranked first in the league for goals (804), Nissan Net Points (1438), offensive rebounds (46) and goal attempts (833).

She also received the Player’s Player Award during her club’s awards presentation.

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