Green claims second Marilyn Melhuish OAM Award

NSW Swifts co-captain Kimberlee Green was named Marilyn Melhuish OAM NSW Swifts Player of the Year for 2013 at the Netball NSW State Dinner over the weekend.

This award caps off a stellar 2013 for the 27 year-old, whom in July was named the NSW Swifts’ QBE Most Valued Player and Members’ Player of the Year.

As General of the Swifts’ midcourt, Green was adjudged game MVP on three occasions during the 2013 ANZ Championship, and her performances were rewarded with selection in the Australian Diamonds team to play international test series against both the Silver Ferns and Malawi.

Green, who was Diamonds’ vice-captain for the Malawi series, played in all seven international tests, achieved her 50th test cap during game one and saw more court-time than any other midcourter.

This is the second time Green has been bestowed with the honour of winning the Marilyn Melhuish OAM award, having been named the NSW Swifts Player of the Year in 2011.

The tenacious player from Sydney’s Southern Suburbs was asked how her game has changed since first winning this prestigious award.

“I’ve got a few more wrinkles and a few more injuries, but other than that, for me the past couple of years have sparked a little bit more energy,” Green said.

“Although we [NSW Swifts] didn’t have the year that we would have liked, the girls are just unbelievable, we had an incredible team and we struck together right to the end.”

Green and her 2014 NSW Swifts teammates return for pre-season training on Monday 2 December, with their opening ANZ Championship game on Sunday 2 March against the West Coast Fever at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

Watch a snippet of Kim Green’s on-stage interview at the 2013 Netball NSW State Dinner.

Congratulations Kimberlee Green on being awarded the 2013 Marilyn Melhuish OAM NSW Swifts Player of the Year.