Netball: Medhurst named West Coast Fever MVP for standout season

Nat Medhurst was named West Coast Fever MVP over the weekend. Picture: Getty Images
Nat Medhurst was named West Coast Fever MVP over the weekend. Picture: Getty Images

WEST Coast Fever shooter Nat Medhurst was crowned the club’s most valuable player (MVP) for 2016 over the weekend.

Medhurst became the third player in Fever history to win the MVP in consecutive seasons, joining Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Madi Robinson .

Medhurst finished with 52 votes, ahead of Shae Brown’s 38 and Caitlin Bassett’s 37.

Fever head coach Stacey Rosman commended the attacking lynchpin and said the award was thoroughly deserved.

“Nat continues to raise the bar for both herself and her teammates,” Rosman said.

“Her level of intensity and competitiveness never ceases to amaze our group and to see her consistently perform at such a high level is remarkable given how closely she is marked in the modern game.

“Nat’s personal motivation to stay a step ahead of her opponents will, in turn, continue to evolve our attacking game as a team, and we are fortunate to have her play such a significant role in our performance.”

Medhurst was one of five separate winners at the club’s annual season celebration, held at Frasers Kings Park.

Defender Courtney Bruce took home the coach’s award, while centre Brown received the coveted player’s player award following a year in which she celebrated her 100th Championship game, becoming just the second player to play 100 games for Fever.

Bassett was crowned the people’s choice award winner for the fifth consecutive season, with leadership and wellbeing consultant Jodii Maguire taking home the 2016 club person of the year for her significant off-court contribution.

Player milestones were also acknowledged on the night with Brown’s 100th game a highlight, alongside April Brandley’s and Verity Simmons’ 50th games.

West Coast Fever winners

2016 West Coast Fever MVP – Nat Medhurst

2016 West Coast Fever Player’s Player – Shae Brown

2016 West Coast Fever People’s Choice Award – Caitlin Bassett

2016 West Coast Fever Coach’s Award – Courtney Bruce

2016 West Coast Fever Club Person of the Year – Jodii Maguire, Leadership and Wellbeing Consultant