Being the team player she is, Vanessa Mullampy couldn’t hide her disappointment after the Netball NSW Waratahs’ Australian Netball League Grand Final loss to VIC Fury at Netball Central on Sunday 26 June.
However, she also provided one of the highlights of the day when she looked utterly shocked and surprised after being named the ANL MVP for 2016.
Mullampy mightn’t have been expecting the award, but those in the know weren’t surprised, and it was a wonderful achievement after a fine campaign by the Penrith goal attack which aided the NNSW Waratahs’ march to the Grand Final.
“I’m just so proud of Vanessa,” NNSW Waratahs Head Coach Briony Akle said after Sunday’s narrow loss.
“She has worked so hard and while we are all disappointed about not being able to win today, Vanessa should be very proud of her achievement, I know her teammates and all the staff are and it is very much deserved.”
Mullampy said she was delighted to receive the award, which provided a silver lining to the day.
“I’m very proud and very shocked, it was very unexpected” she said smiling. “But I feel like I had a great season so I am very happy about that.”
A tough loss to an excellent Fury side was hard to take, but Mullampy said she hoped both she and the team could learn from it and ultimately turn a negative into a positive.
“It’s a very tough loss, we worked our butts off this year to get to the Grand Final, and while yes we made it, losing is always a disappointment.
“But we have a great group of girls and we’ll get back together and be ready to do it all again next year.
“We have a lot to take away from our loss and improve on. We are always learning with every game so we’ll look to be bigger and better next year.”
Vanessa Mullampy receives her MVP Award from Anne Sargeant, OAM. Photos: Narelle Spangher