The Victorian Fury and Victorian Flames were recognised at the 2014 Netball Victoria Gala Awards evening last weekend after a huge year for both teams in the Australian Netball League.
2014 Outstanding Service Award: Lauren Darvell
This was the first year Lauren has been manager of an ANL team which requires a high level of organisation and coordination. Lauren went above and beyond at all times and supported the coaches and players throughout the season and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Lauren is well liked and respected by the entire Flames team and worked well with Netball Victoria Staff, as well as staff from other Member Organisations. She managed this extraordinarily well particularly considering her full time position as a Teacher and Pastoral Coordinator and always put the team first.
The players and coaches would like to thank Lauren for her contribution and support to the Flames team throughout the ANL season and wish Lauren well for all her future Netball endeavours. Congratulations Lauren.
2014 Coaches Award: Gabrielle Sinclair and Chloe Watson
Gabby is a quite achiever and goes about her business in a non-fussy but determined manner, she is well respected by her team mates and always put the team first. Despite the significant workload, Gabby was the last one to complain, she had an extremely successful season and we look forward to seeing what Gabby can achieve in 2015.
Chloe is a natural leader had has an enormously successful season across VNL and her State Underage commitments, her determination and work ethic has seen recent selection in the 2014 Australian 21 & Under side and a contract with the Melbourne Vixens for the 2015 season. Chloe is fiercely competitive while at the same time being a loyal Team member. She genuinely cares about the success of each of her team mates and team staff. Chloe was often the first person to note if someone needed help and the first one to call someone out if they were not meeting the teams values.
2014 Most Valuable Player: Ella Priestley
2014 Outstanding Service Award: Kerryn Bruce
Kerryn Bruce has the X Factor, if 2014 is anything to go by this is a girl you want on your team. Leading off with the State 17/U Team & winning the National Championships in Melbourne, moving onto a mighty ANZ championship win with The Melbourne Vixens, throw in a Best Club Person Award with the Geelong Cougars at VNL and then round off the year with another National Championship with Victorian Fury.
Her meticulous approach and professional standard of results in the statistical data and visual recording and editing of matches is invaluable. Kerryn is a valuable addition to any Team environment; she is always in good humour, always approachable and obliging, happy to assist in any way possible and thrives on a challenge
2014 Coaches Award: Johannah Curran and Stephanie Puopolo
It is Joh’s genuine love of the game and ability to draw her teammates into the winning trademark that makes her any team’s “secret ingredient to success”. Joh ‘s outstanding contribution on and off the court pushes each team member to commit to being better at everything. A true leader, a brilliant player and an absolute privilege to coach.
The pathway of an elite athlete is always filled with challenges. The true test of the athlete is their response to these challenges. Steph showed her team mates this season that with true perseverance, commitment and a love of the team element of the game no challenge is too great. Steph’s ability to create, read the game and succeed made her a special part of this team. It was an absolute pleasure to see her true flair re-emerge in the Fury environment.
2014 Most Valuable Player: Joanna Weston