Neal joins sister as club elite

Ashleigh Neal.
Ashleigh Neal.

The Canning Vale resident’s sister, Kyra Jones, took out the award in 2006, thereby making them the first sisters to receive the medal.

‘Since I’ve been playing I’ve been watching girls receive that medal and so to finally receive it was quite prestigious ” I was quite surprised,’ Neal said.

‘I’ve watched team mates win it and I’ve never seen a GA or GS win the award.’

The 26-year-old, who grew up in Armadale, was also named State Netball League Player of the Year and State Netball League Player’s Player.

The goal attack had a great 2014 season, playing her 150th game in the State Netball League.

She was named most valuable player (MVP) at the State Netball League Grand Final on July 20 as well as the South East Demons’ MVP on August 1.

‘I think if it was going to happen, it was going to happen this year,’ Neal said.

‘I’ve played my best netball because I’ve just been having fun with it.’

Neal said she was not sure where her netball career would lead.

‘I’m still quite young so I’m not too sure yet,’ she said. ‘I just enjoy the team side of things.’

Neal plays for Flames Netball Club at Southern Districts Netball Association and has been named a member of every State team she has been eligible for throughout her netball career.