Lewis crowned Jill McIntosh Medallist

Coastal Sharks defender Olivia Lewis has capped off a sensational 2018 West Australian Netball League (WANL) season, by being crowned the Jill McIntosh Medallist at Crown Perth tonight.

Both Lewis and Rangers defender Brooke Walker entered the final round on 15 votes, with the Sharks and Rangers meeting in the last game of the year, with Lewis polling two votes to finish on 17.

It’s the second consecutive year that Walker has finished with 15 votes, all from best on court performances.

Lewis, who has recently signed a full-time contract with West Coast Fever, polled in seven games across the season, and was also named in the 2018 Team of the Year and the Western Sting MVP.

Netball WA Chief Executive Officer Simon Taylor congratulated Lewis on her first Jill McIntosh Medal.

“Olivia was one of the most consistent performers throughout the season, and that was reflected in the number of games she polled in,” Taylor said.

“As a product of the West Australian Athlete Pathway, Olivia is a wonderful advocate for netball in our State, and it’s incredibly exciting to see her win this year’s Jill McIntosh Medal, and on behalf of Netball WA, I sincerely congratulate her.”

The League’s leading scorer, Rangers’ shooter Georgia Pitt, was named Player’s Player of the Year, following her 528 goals at 89%, while Coastal Sharks Reserves Head Coach Naomi Pannell was named Coach of the Year, following her third premiership in a row.

The Coastal Sharks were named Club of the Year, after they qualified a team in all three Grand Finals, walking away with premierships in the Reserves and League divisions.

West Coast Warriors midcourter Kellie Baker was named Most Valuable Player in the Reserve’s Division, following an outstanding season, finishing 11 votes ahead of her nearest rival.

In the 18U Division, Perth Lions midcourter Toni-Marie Smith was named Most Valuable Player, after leading her side to their second premiership in a row.

South East Demons defender Dale Mather was named Most Valuable Player in the Men’s Division, narrowly edging out Kristofah Charlie and Jerome Gillbard.

The night also served as a platform to reflect on the significant achievements of the West Australian Netball League and Netball WA’s 11 Regions over the past three decades, with the League celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018.

A number of representatives from each Region and WANL Club were highlighted on stage, with the League undergoing significant changes for 2019 and beyond.

A series of other awards were presented on the night, celebrating achievements from all facets of the game, including State Teams, Coaches, Umpires, Officials and Volunteers.

JILL MCINTOSH MEDAL: Olivia Lewis (Coastal Sharks)

JILL MCINTOSH MEDAL LEADERBOARD17 Olivia Lewis (Coastal Sharks)

15 Brooke Walker (Rangers)

12 Emma Cosh (Coastal Sharks)

11 Brooke Repacholi (Souwest Jets)

9 Stephanie Cooper (West Coast Warriors) and Tess Cransberg (Perth Lions)

PLAYER’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Georgia Pitt (Rangers)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Naomi Pannell (Coastal Sharks)

CLUB OF THE YEAR: Coastal Sharks

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Goal Shooter: Georgia Pitt (Rangers)

Goal Attack: Tess Cransberg (Perth Lions)

Wing Attack: Brittany Turnbull (Coastal Sharks)

Centre: Lindal Rohde (Perth Lions)

Wing Defence: Jessica Eales (West Coast Warriors)

Goal Defence: Jessica Penny (Coastal Sharks)

Goal Keeper: Olivia Lewis (Coastal Sharks)

RESERVES MVP: Kellie Baker (West Coast Warriors)

18U MVP: Toni-Marie Smith (Perth Lions)

WESTERN STING MVP: Olivia Lewis

19U STATE TEAM MVP: Kate Bunten

17U STATE TEAM MVP: Sloan Burton

WANL UMPIRE OF THE YEAR: Nathan Cera

WANL BENCH OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Les Preedy

UMPIRE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Teresa Halligan (South West Netball Region)

COACH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Lorraine Ward (West Coast Netball Region)

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Trish Welsh (South West Netball Region)