Gold Medal not only prize on offer at Masters

We’ve seen the Netball NSW Masters come to a close for another season, with the 2015 competition concluding yesterday Sunday 18 October at Charlestown Netball Association.

A record 42 teams participated this year and either contested Competitive or Social categories in three age divisions – Over 35, Over 40 and Over 45. Click here to see the full list of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallists.

Along with the final places, peer-voted Best and Fairest Awards were presented at the conclusion of the competition to an individual and team in each category/age-division. The awards were proudly supported by Major Partner Australian Institute of Applied Sciences (AIAS), whose parent company Study Group has been involved with the competition since it began in 2010.

For the Over 35’s Competitive Best and Fairest Winners Margo Woodhead and her Chokers teammates, the purpose of the Masters competition was to enjoy playing the game they love.  In the end they weren’t very successful on the scoreboard, but to Margo that didn’t matter in the end.

“The plan was to head to Charlestown and play the sport that we enjoy, spend an enjoyable weekend together and make some new friends along the way, and I’m happy to report that’s just what we did,” Margo told netballnsw.com.

“We got flogged a lot over the weekend, but as a team we just played together and looked to have fun.  Some of the teams – who could have beat us by a country mile! – actually took time to show us some plays we could learn which was pretty nice of them.

“I was completely embarrassed to accept the Individual award – I think there were plenty of people who could have taken it home. There were players who were better than me by a country mile, so perhaps I got it for being the fairest.

“The Chokers will definitely be back next year, but I think we will probably opt for the Social division instead of competitive,” laughed Margo.

Votes were gathered by participating athletes across the weekend, with the below winners announced during the Presentation Ceremony:

AIAS Best and Fairest Individuals
Over 35’s Competitive: Margo Woodhead (Chokers)
Over 35’s Social: Debbie King (Hastings 35’s)
Over 40’s Competitive: Denise Matwijow (Zaaps)
Over 40’s Social: Sharon Turnbull (Saunders Motor Group)
Over 45’s Competitive: Derani Strauchan (Over the Hills)

AIAS Best and Fairest Teams
Over 35’s Competitive: Chokers
Over 35’s Social: Medowie Mocktails
Over 40’s Competitive: Screaming Divas
Over 40’s Social: Saunders Motor Group
Over 45’s Competitive: Bankstown City Ladies

Thank you to everyone who joined us for an enjoyable weekend of fun, laughs, and a little netball on the side. We will see you next year for the 2016 Netball NSW Masters!