Australian Diamonds’ squad member and Melbourne Vixens’ captain Madi Robinson, has been named this season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the Australian Conference of the ANZ Championship.
This is Robinson’s first ANZ Championship MVP Award, becoming the sole Vixens’ player to receive this accolade.
The midcourter has had a successful return to court this year, after she suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in Round 6, 2015, which also saw her unavailable for selection in the Diamonds’ 2015 Netball World Cup Team.
Robinson has played in all ANZ Championship matches this year, was named captain of the Melbourne Vixens and received seven match MVPs in the regular season.
She was ranked first for goal assists with 186 assists and equal first for feeds (383) in the Australian Conference.
“When I was told the news I was quite shocked and chuffed at the same time,” Robinson said.
“My goal this year coming back from injury was to just get out there and play some really good netball again. To get this accolade is a bonus.” Robinson said.
The Vixens’ skipper admits she put a lot of pressure on herself leading into round one, with her return to the court, first game as captain and a new-look team.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself leading into round one, as I believed the best way to lead was through my actions.
“I couldn’t be a leader for my club without putting out the performances that I knew that I could, and be at my best.
“The important thing for me was continue to build every week, and empower the girls around me,” she explained.
“After round one I felt a lot more comfortable and settled, it happened more naturally.”
Robinson flourished in her role this season, leading the Vixens to an appearance in the ANZ Championship Finals Series, after the team missed out in 2015.
She was a part of the Vixens’ title winning 2014 team, a 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and named recipient of the Liz Ellis Diamond in 2012 and 2014.
With the Australian Diamonds 2016/17 squad and teams named shortly after the ANZ Championship Grand Final, expect to see more from the speedy midcourter.