Langman, George joint trans-tasman MVPs
It's been an interesting start to grand final day.
At a media conference at Hisense Arena ahead of the trans-tasman championship grand final between the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic and Melbourne Vixens, Magic captain Laura Langman and coach Noeline Taurua fronted to the original plan of commenting on Langman and Mystics captain Temepara George being named joint winners of the competition's MVP award.
However, a late notification to media from the championship's media manager said that neither Langman or Taurua would be talking about the MVP award, that they wouldn't be finding out until after the game.
The original embargo still stood however, so the information can be published now, and the Magic were going into "communication lockdown" so there was no way Langman was going to find out before the announcement comes after the match.
Langman, 26, has had a fine season, guiding her side well from centre, while George retired from netball in her side's preliminary final loss to the Magic.
It is the second successive year that the award has been shared and the third time overall.
Meanwhile, Taurua said the Magic weren't feeling the pressure of a nation to try and become the first New Zealand side to win the title.
She rather described the feeling of the day to Christmas.
Langman said the young players in her side were surrounded by some great experience and she said to finally win a title with Irene van Dyk and Casey Williams after the trio had been in the playoffs every year, would mean a heap.
"Not only would it mean a huge amount to win it alongside players like those but also I think to our franchise, to our family and friends that have scrambled to get across here," Langman said.
"It's been an incredible journey to now and to come away with the win would be massive.
"Win or lose, I'm extremely proud of what we've achieved this year. I think what Magic's real strength is, is that we don't only develop as athletes as netball players, we develop them as people, and there's been a huge amount of growth."
2012: Laura Langman (Magic) and Temepara George (Mystics)
2011: Natalie Medhurst (Firebirds), Leana de Bruin (Steel)
2010: Liana Barrett-Chase (Steel)
2009: Romelda Aiken (Firebirds)
2008: Aiken (Firebirds), Sonia Mkoloma (Pulse)