The 2017 Sharelle McMahon Medal – the Melbourne Vixens Most Valuable Player award – has been announced in front of more than 230 members and fans at a gala event at Zinc, Federation Square.
The club's most coveted award was presented to midcourter, Liz Watson, who was a standout all season, not only for the club but across the entire Suncorp Super Netball League.
Regularly named in the league wide ‘Team of the Week’, Watson is also predicted to be a strong candidate for Australian Diamonds selection.
Watson led the league for goal assists on 288 – her closest opponent 40 behind, was third in centre pass receives and was a consistent force on court for the Vixens all season.
In Round 8 she celebrated 50 National League Games, and finished the season with another accolade, being named the inaugural rebel Young Star award – the best young talent (under 23 years at start of season) in the league.
The Sharelle McMahon Medal is voted by three of the coaches. After each game they award three, two and one votes respectively to the players they each considered to be the best on court.
Watson finished the count on a total of 54 votes, followed by Runner-up, Emily Mannix on 44 votes.
Mannix too had an impressive season, and was a standout in Goal Keeper, playing a critical role in the Vixens successful performances throughout the season.
The Sharelle McMahon Medal night also saw a number of other awards announced and the club reflect on its 10-year history. It was a remarkable success and an occasion to be remembered.
2017 Sharelle McMahon Medal Category Award Winners
Sharelle McMahon Medalist – Liz Watson
Runner-up – Emily Mannix
The Excellence in Sport & Life Award – Chloe Watson
Coaches Award – Khao Watts
Player of the Finals – Jo Weston
Outstanding Service Award – Heidi Pollington (Head Physio)
Sharelle McMahon Medal Count – Top five leaderboard
1. Liz Watson – 54 votes
2. Emily Mannix – 44 votes
3. Mwai Kumwenda – 41 votes
3. Kate Moloney – 41 votes
5. Tegan Philip – 35 votes