Victorian Fury goaler Rahni Samason has capped off a remarkable year in the Deakin University Australian League (ANL), being named as the Fury’s Most Valuable Player tonight.
Scoring 524 goals for the Fury this year, Samason has been a formidable target in attack for the Fury.
Samason had a clear lead in the vote count, with 28 votes at the end of the count, followed by midcourters Molly Jovic (17) and Tayla Honey (11).
Her outstanding performances have also been recognised at the league level, being awarded the ANL Most Valuable Player.
The 20-year-old, who is also a Melbourne Vixens training partner, credited the calibre of coaches and players for her success.
“It’s really good to know that I have such high standards around me; I’m learning from the best, it’s absolutely phenomenal,” said Samason.
“It’s crucial to have a good culture and the right people around you and this group is fantastic – we gel so well together on and off the court and that culture really showed throughout the season.”
As a Vixens Training Partner, Rahni has been exposed to the elite level which has now become her ambition.
“I’m a big dreamer, I have really big goals, so I really want to make it to that next level,” said Samason.
“I think I’m in a good position right now, especially with the people around me and all of their support to try to get me to where I want to be.”
Defender Rudi Ellis was also recognised for her achievements in 2018, being given the Coaches’ Award, as determined by head coach, Leesa Gallard, assistant coach, Elissa Kent and apprentice coach, Jess Whitford.
Team Manager Melissa Ryan has been recognised for her contributions to the Fury this year, being presented with the Outstanding Service Award, as voted by the players and staff of the Fury.
The Victorian Fury athletes now return to the Bupa Victorian Netball League, Victoria’s premier state league, hoping to give their teams a boost in the last five rounds before finals.