The Australian Netball Awards have been presented, with four New South Wales alumni honoured after celebrating Netball Australia’s ‘night of nights’ at the Grand Hyatt on Saturday evening.
Kristy Guthrie was awarded the 2012 Australian Netball League Player of the Year after her season with the Netball NSW Waratahs.
After undergoing knee surgery weeks before the season started, Kristy recovered to establish herself as a staple of the NNSW Waratahs, who finished Runners-Up to the Southern Force after the South Australian team defeated the NNSW Waratahs, 50-36, in the ANL Grand Final.
“It was such a surprise! I was really not expecting to win the ANL Player of the Year award, but it was nice to receive that recognition,” Kristy said.
“After a tough year with injury and missing the first round while still recovering from knee surgery, I really enjoyed the ANL season.”
“It was a great night at the Grand Hyatt being able to catch up with a lot of netball friends, and a fantastic surprise to receive the award.”
Australia’s number one official Sharon Kelly once again took home the Umpire of the Year award, making this the eleventh occasion Sharon has taken home the award. A regular finals official, Sharon umpired the 2012 ANZ Championship Grand Final and also the Newcastle and Sydney legs of the Holden Netball Quad Series.
Three individuals were inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame, with Dr Grace Bryant OAM recognised for her years as the Australian Netball Team doctor. Dr Grace regularly sees injured Australian Diamonds players at her clinic, to assist in their quick and efficient recoveries so they can get back on the court, and is also the current Team Doctor for the NSW Swifts.
Catherine Cox won her second consecutive New Idea Favourite Diamond award, after taking home the title in 2011. The award was decided by keen netball fans who voted with their mobile phones.
Netball NSW would like to congratulate all the 2012 Australian Netball Award recipients.
2012 Australian Netball Award Winners
Liz Ellis Diamond: Madison Browne
Holden Australian International Player of the Year: Madison Browne
Australian ANZ Championship Player of the year: Madison Browne, Melbourne Vixens
New Idea Favourite Diamond: Catherine Cox
Australian Netball League Player of the Year: Kristy Guthrie, NSW Waratahs
Australian 21/U Player of the Year: Madeleine Proud
Australian Sports Commission Coach of the Year: Julie Hoornweg, Melbourne Vixens
Umpire of the Year: Sharon Kelly
Tanya Denver Media Award: ABC Grandstand
Hall of Fame Inductees: Myrtle Baylis (nee Craddock), Grace Bryant, Annette Simper (nee Foley)
Dr Grace Bryant OAM
Australian Netball Team doctor: 1991-1999
Commonwealth Games: 1998, 2002, 2006
Doctor Grace Bryant has devoted much of her career to ensuring that Australia triumphs in the international sporting arena. The Australian Netball Team doctor between 1991 and 1999, Dr Bryant oversaw the national team for many of the most significant moments in Australia’s netball history, including the 1991 World Netball Championships victory over the New Zealand Silver Ferns in Sydney. As a doctor for the Australian Commonwealth Games team in 1998, 2002 and 2006, Dr Bryant allocated herself to the Australian netball team, who won gold medals in Kuala Lumpur and Manchester followed by silver in Melbourne under her capable hands. In 2008, Dr Bryant was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to various sports organisations and was appointed as a member of the International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) Medical Panel.