Shoard named State League Player of the Year

Long-time New South Wales representative Leah Shoard was presented with the 2013 Nance Kenny OAM Medal after being named the DOOLEYS State League Player of the Year at the annual State Dinner over the weekend.

The 27 year-old goal shooter was presented the award after receiving the most votes during the DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup season, in which she was instrumental in guiding Sutherland Shire to finishing 2013 Runners-Up.

Along with featuring in every Sutherland Shire match this season, Shoard was also a member of the 2013 Australian Netball League Runners-Up, the Netball NSW Waratahs, finishing the eight week competition with 243 goals at 79 per cent accuracy.

While accepting her award on stage, Shoard credited her love of playing as the key to her successful season.

“I just really, really enjoy playing with Sutherland [Shire].  I’ve been with them the last two years and we have a fantastic coach in Maria Lynch and a fantastic organisation, and I play with a great bunch of girls and we just have so much fun,” Shoard said.

“I really, really enjoyed the year and I’m so honoured to be awarded this [the Nance Kenny OAM medal].”

Watch some snippets of Leah’s on-stage interview on NetballNSWTV.

Congratulations Leah Shoard on being awarded the 2013 Nance Kenny OAM DOOLEYS State League Player of the Year.