The Australian Netball Awards for the ANZ Championship have been announced, with Sharni Layton, Roselee Jencke and Michelle Phippard taking out top honours for the 2016 season.
As part of the changes to the national calendar, it was agreed by the Board of Netball Australia that the Australian Netball Awards (ANAs) should be held directly alongside the Suncorp Super Netball season, with the exception of the Australian ANZ Championship Awards.
Defender Sharni Layton has been crowned Australia’s ANZ Championship Player of the Year for the second year in a row, after a dominating season. Layton finished the 2016 Trans-Tasman Netball League season as the top defender with a league-high 66 intercepts, 106 deflections, 94 gains and 33 defensive rebounds. The Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year was determined by player vote.
Queensland Firebirds’ head coach Roselee Jencke has been named Australia’s ANZ Championship Coach of the Year after leading her Firebirds to back-to-back premierships in a thrilling win in extended extra-time. The win saw the Firebirds become the only team in the history of the league to record back-to-back premierships, in addition to becoming the only team to notch up three titles. This is Jencke’s second Australian ANZ Championship Coach of the Year, after receiving the award in 2015.
Michelle Phippard has been named Australia’s ANZ Championship Umpire of the Year. Phippard umpired all 17 rounds in the 2016 season, including the Finals Series and her first ANZ Championship Grand Final. She has umpired 60 ANZ Championship games since her national league debut in 2012.
“All three award recipients performed exceptionally during the 2016 season,” stated Netball Australia Acting CEO Marne Fechner.
“The trio continue to raise the bar, conducting themselves with integrity, drive and passion. They are wonderful role models for our game.”
The remainder of the 2016 awards have been deferred, with a date for the 2017 ANAs yet to be confirmed.
2016 Australian Netball Awards:
Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year: Sharni Layton, NSW Swifts
Australian ANZ Championship Coach of the Year: Roselee Jencke, Queensland Firebirds
Australian ANZ Championship Umpire of the Year: Michelle Phippard