Diamond Julie Corletto received two special pieces of jewellery in 2009. One was her wedding ring, the other was the Liz Ellis Diamond.
The 23-year-old defender had an exceptional premiership season with the Melbourne Vixens, a consistent and successful international series with the Diamonds and she married her high-school sweetheart Daryl Corletto.
To top off what the defender now describes as a “huge” year in her career and her life, Corletto was also recognised for her individual achievements on the netball court and named the second winner of the inaugural award.
“It was a huge honour to be named the winner of the Liz Ellis Diamond,” Corletto said.
“I was very shocked to be honest. I was overwhelmed and got a little emotional also.
“It was a huge year for me. Obviously the Vixens premiership was great and I got married so it was a very exciting year for me.”
Corletto was integral in helping the Melbourne Vixens win their first ANZ Championship title, attributing their success to hard work and determination.
“It was a great year for the Vixens. We went through the season with only one loss and then went on to win the Premiership so it was a great result for the club,” Corletto said.
“That was our goal as a club to win the premiership and we worked extremely hard to do that, both on and off the court. It was a year that the Vixens became very united.”
Corletto had instant international success on the netball court, with the Diamonds winning a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in her debut season.
Following her 2007 World Championship gold medal, Corletto took home more gold at the 2011 World Championships and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is these team achievements that she holds close to her heart.
“I’m proud of the Liz Ellis Diamond as an individual accolade. However I will always remember the times that I celebrated success with my teammates.”