Weston rewarded with Diamond selection

1 year ago

Jo Weston has had another standout season for the Melbourne Vixens in 2017.

Pairing up with Emily Mannix, in the defence circle, Weston’s game has continued to grow from strength to strength.

With a number of team and individual accolades throughout 2017, Weston has had a fantastic entry to Suncorp Super Netball.

With the team claiming the Minor Premiership and progressing through to the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball Finals Series, Weston was also named Melbourne Vixens Player of the Finals, and said that despite the unfavourable outcome, it was a great learning experience for the team.

“I think our finals experience was clearly not what we would have wanted, but it definitely helped us grow both as players individually and as a playing group, so I think we’re just going to get stronger from here,” Weston said.

Throughout the season Weston received three Nissan Most Valuable Player Awards, and two Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Week nominations before being named in the Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year at the Netball Australia Awards.

“It’s always nice to have acknowledgements like that, especially when there’s such tough competition out there for defensive positions,” Weston said.

“But all of us know that we’re really nothing without our partners in crime, so I probably have Emily to thank for my selection.”

Weston has cemented herself a spot in the Australian Diamonds, being named in both the Quad Series and Constellation Cup teams and said she is looking forward to taking the court again for the national representative team.

“It was a real honour to be selected again,” Weston said.

“For me, it’s just about trying to do my best when I get the opportunity and just enjoy every second of it.”

“It’s just such a fabulous group and it’s also a real honour to represent your country.”

With the Quad Series to be contested in August, Weston said it will be a tough contest, tipping South Africa and England to be most improved.

“South Africa I think will have benefited from having a couple of players over here playing in the Suncorp Super Netball, but I think England will probably be a strong competitor as well.”

Tune in to watch Jo, and fellow Vixens Liz Watson and Tegan Philip in action for the Australian Diamonds in the Quad Series!

SEASON STATS

Minutes played: 966/976

Goal Assists: 5

Feeds: 7

Gains: 54

Pick-Ups: 25

Intercepts: 28

Deflections: 50

Rebounds: 26

Centre Pass Receives: 57

2017 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

  • Nissan Most Valuable Player: 3
  • Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Week: 2
  • Melbourne Vixens Player of the Finals
  • Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year GD
  • Selection in Australian Diamonds Constellation Cup and Quad Series team

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