Melbourne Vixens Captain Madi Robinson has been named the Most Valuable Player in the ANZ Championship’s Australian Conference for 2016
The dynamic Wing Attack has had a standout year, returning to the court in stellar form after she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in Round 6 last year.
Robinson played all 2016 matches, topping the Australian leader board for goal assists and centre pass receives, and said she was humbled by the accolade.
“When I found out I was so excited, I am just absolutely chuffed,” said 28-year-old Robinson who received seven match MVP’s throughout the regular season.
“Coming back from a serious knee injury, this time last year I was about three months post-surgery and only starting to run.
“I’d been watching the netball thinking just how much I wanted to play but couldn’t, so to now get that call [about the MVP award] was pretty amazing. I’m really delighted.”
Robinson has been a mainstay of the ANZ Championship competition throughout its duration, playing 109 games. Beginning her ANZ Championship career with the Vixens in 2008, the Geelong native made a bold move to Perth in 2009 to play with the West Coast Fever for two years before returning to Melbourne and the Vixens in 2011 where she has been a starting player since.
Reflecting on the 2016 season, Robinson said the close-knit Vixens – who bowed out of the Australian Conference Elimination Final on Sunday at the hands of the NSW Swifts – helped her get back to her best.
“My goal going into this season was just to play some good netball again, so to receive this is fantastic,” she said, adding: “I am really proud of the girls and really proud that we beat the odds against us to make it to finals.”
Attention for Robinson now turns to the Australian Diamonds and working her way back into the team ahead of the upcoming Netball Quad Series and Constellation Cup.
“[Individual honours] aren’t what you play for, but it’s something nice to have to know that you’re on the right track,” she said. “The ultimate long-term goal is to get back in that Diamonds team and hopefully be there for the Commonwealth Games and World Champs, but one step at a time!”
Southern Steel’s prolific 198cm Goal Shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid was named MVP of the New Zealand Conference.