Manchester Thunder nominees announced for Vitality Netball Superleague Awards 2018

Manchester Thunder have received a nomination in every possible category of the Vitality Netball Superleague Awards 2018.

Former Silver Fern Liana Leota has been shortlisted in the Player’s Player of the Season Award while Joyce Mvula’s strong second season in the Black and Yellows dress has bagged herself a nod in the Vitality Player of The Season Award.

Head coach Karen Greig is up against Wasps’ Tamsin Greenway and Loughborough Lightning’s Anna Carter for Coach of the Season, while Amy Carter could mark a stellar breakthrough year with a win in the Young player of the Season category.

The All-Star VII will also be picked after every Superleague player voted for their preferred athlete in each position.

Coach of the Season

This is awarded to a VNSL Coach (applies to all coaches, not just Head Coach) and is voted for by all teams’ coaches within VNSL.

The nominees are:

Anna Carter (Loughborough Lightning)

Tamsin Greenway (Wasps Netball)

Karen Greig (Manchester Thunder)

2017 winner: Karen Atkinson (Loughborough Lightning)

Young Player of the Season 2018

This is awarded to a VNSL player, who is under the age of 21 years old prior to the start of the season.

The nominees are:

Amy Carter (Manchester Thunder)

George Fisher (Wasps Netball)

Vicki Oyesola (Loughborough Lightning)

2017 winner: Vicki Oyesola (Loughborough Lightning)

Players’ Player of the Season 2018

This is voted for by all athletes within the VNSL.

Liana Leota (Manchester Thunder)

Peace Proscovia (Loughborough Lightning)

Shamera Sterling (Loughborough Lightning)

2017 winner: Peace Proscovia (Loughborough Lightning)

All Star VII

Teams have had to pick out who they think was the best player in each position but weren’t allowed to vote for their own players. The players in each position who received the most votes will make up the All Star VII.

2017 team: GK – Nicole Aiken Pinnock (Sirens), GD – Layla Guscoth (Team Bath), WD – Beth Cobden (Loughborough Lightning), C – Bongiwe Msomi (Wasps), WA – Liana Leota (Manchester Thunder), GA – Kathryn Turner (Manchester Thunder), GS – Peace Proscovia (Loughborough Lightning)

Vitality Player of the Season 2018

Beth Cobden (Loughborough Lightning)

Joyce Mvula (Manchester Thunder)

Shamera Sterling (Loughborough Lightning)

2017 winner: Peace Proscovia (Loughborough Lightning)

Umpire of the Season

This is determined by the VNSL Umpire Assessors.

The nominees are:

Gary Burgess

Jackie Mizon

Louise Travis

2017 winner: Gary Burgess