Crofts recognised for play, leadership skills
Southland captain Hayley Crofts was recognised for her standout play at representative level at Netball Southland's annual awards last night.
The former Central Pulse and Canterbury Tactix midcourter led by example on and off the court a young Southland side during its division two national championship campaign.
She was a tireless contributor on both attack and defence for Southland this season, producing an outstanding display in their victory over Tasman at the finals tournament, with 24 assists.
Crofts was awarded the Moni Burns Cup senior representative player of the year award for her deeds. She also claimed the outstanding leadership award for the Otago-Southland Remarkables composite team in this year's Lois Muir Challenge.
Southern Steel wider training squad member Gina Crampton, who is based in Dunedin, was most valuable player for the Remarkables.
Rata defender-midcourter Kendall McMinn picked up the most consistent contribution award for the Southland NPC team, while defender Tegan Hunt was named most improved player.
Verdon College's Lucy Heenan, who made her NPC debut for Southland this season, was recognised for her consistent play across all levels of netball this season, winning the Netball Southland junior representative player of the year award.
St Peter's College pupil Eden Millan, who also played for the Southland NPC team this year, had a successful evening, claiming the under-17 representative most valuable award and the Southland Advanced Netball Academy (SANA) award, for the player who has been committed to the programme, played consistently and shown a big improvement in their strength and conditioning.
Central Southland College's Grace Earland was the most improved player for the Southland under-17 team.
Southland under-17 coach Fiona Ward was named most successful representative coach after guiding her team to a 12th place finish at the nationals in Christchurch.
Southland was the highest ranked South Island team.
St Peter's College midcourter Tori Peeters was the Southland under-19 most valuable player, with Southland Girls' High's Kate Day, most improved.
The Southland under-19 team performed strongly at the nationals in Auckland in July, finishing seventh.
The Colleen Bond umpire of the year trophy went to Eastern Southland's Kristie Simpson, who gained her International Umpire Award this year. Simpson umpired during the South Pacific Cup Series in Fiji, and also controlled the series between the Cook Islands and Scotland.
Next week, she will be in Apia to officiate in Samoa's series with Scotland.
Simpson was on this year's trans-Tasman netball league umpiring panel.
Southland Girls' High's Gracey Farquharson was a deserving winner of the Louise Smith talent umpire award. Farquharson is one of the brightest young umpiring talents in the province and her promise was recognised when she was selected to umpire the C-grade final at the South Island secondary school tournament in Dunedin.
Farquharson is in the Netball Southland talent umpire programme and will attend the Netball New Zealand national talent development camp in Cambridge in December.
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