Bupa VNL Awards Night – Live Updates


The Bupa Victorian Netball League drew to a close today, with the Boroondara Express, Hawks Netball and City West Falcons claiming the premierships for 19/U, Division 1 and Championship. Now we turn our sights to the individual awards, with players, coaches and umpires across the divisions being recognised for their outstanding performances in 2018.


Most Valuable Player (Marg Caldow Award)

She’s had an outstanding season, congratulations to the 2018 Championship Marg Caldow Award winner, Kim Commane from the Hawks.
Kim’s outstanding season was rewarded late in the year, getting the call-up to replace injured Melbourne Vixen Mwai Kumwenda in their final match of the season.

Hot Shot

Another back-to-back Hot Shot winner! Congratulations to Blaze’s Libby Nicol, claiming her second consecutive Hot Shot award!
Libby scored 787 goals in 2018, outscoring her previous year of 729.

Joyce Brown Coaches Award

The premiership coach of the Championship division is given a special award – the Joyce Brown Coaches Award, named after netball legend, Joyce Brown OAM.

Congratulations Marg Lind & Nicole Richardson from the 2018 premiers, Falcons.

Team of the Year

Seven new faces appear in the 2018 Championship Team of the Year.
Reigning premiers, DC North East Blaze have the most representatives, with seven players making the Team of the Year.

Umpire of the Year

Congratulations to the 2018 Umpire of the Year, Nathan Begley!

Division 1

Most Valuable Player

Congratulations to the Selkirk Sovereigns’ Chloe Wilson, Most Valuable Player for Division 1!

Hot Shot

She’s gone back-to-back! For the second year in a row, congratulations to Blaze’s Rebecca Colwell, scoring 746 and being named Division 1 Hot Shot.

Coaches Award

A premiership, and a Coaches Award!

Congratulations Adrian Ballantyne from the Hawks!

Team of the Year

This season’s Team of the Year was made up of our four finals teams – the Sovereigns, Hawks, Blaze and Cougars. Congratulations to those selected!


Most Valuable Player

The 19/U Most Valuable Player is Abbey Ellis from the Blaze.
Abbey was runner-up in 2017 and has been recognised for her outstanding season in the goal circle.

Hot Shot

The Hot Shot award is given to the player who scores the most goals during the season.

Congratulations to Express’ Isabelle Hodgson, who finished the season with 534 goals.

Coaches Award

The 19/U Coaches Award goes to this year’s premiership coach!

Congratulations Eliza Allen from the Boroondara Express.

Team of the Year

Congratulations to the 19/U team of the year which includes six of today’s grand finalists from the Express and Blaze. The future stars of Victorian netball.