Netball: Lindal Rhode wins Jill McIntosh Medal

Netball: Lindal Rhode wins Jill McIntosh Medal

SOUTH East Demon and Scarborough Netball Club division one premiership player Lindal Rhode has been crowned the 2016 Jill McIntosh Medallist.

Rohde, who finished with 26 votes, narrowly beat Demons teammate Ashleigh Neal in the vote count at the recent Netball WA awards.

The midcourter was judged best on court in eight WA Netball League games last season.

Netball WA chief executive Simon Taylor congratulated Rohde on her first Jill McIntosh Medal.

“It’s always exciting for a player to win our game’s highest honour for the first time and Lindal thoroughly deserves this accolade after a wonderful season for the South East Demons,” Taylor said.

“Lindal has been a part of the Netball WA pathway for some time now and it’s fantastic to see her perform at such a consistently high level in our state’s premier competition.

“Whilst individual awards are often secondary in team sports, I’m sure this recognition will mean a great deal to Lindal and continue to drive her as a player.”

Perth Lions shooter Tess Cransberg, who also played in Scarborough’s division one premiership side, was awarded the 2016 Player of the Year Award and the 2016 Player’s Player of the Year Award after finishing the season with 349 goals.

West Coast Warriors league head coach Karly Guadagnin was named 2016 Coach of the Year after guiding her side to premiership glory, while the Warriors were also named 2016 Club of the Year after all three sides qualified for grand finals for the first time in their history.

Coastal Sharks defender Zoe Fisher was named Fairest and Best in the Reserves adding to her Most Valuable Player performance in the grand final while Souwest Jets defender Riley Culnane also picked up the two awards in the under-18 division.