West Coast Fever Captain Courtney Bruce has capped off a sensational season by being crowned the Club’s 2018 Most Valuable Player.
Bruce finished a thrilling vote count on 35 votes, just one ahead of Jamaican shooter Jhaniele Fowler (34) and last year’s winner, Jess Anstiss (32).
The accolade is yet another award for the dynamic defender, who has had a rapid rise over the past two years, which has included making her Samsung Diamonds debut and being named the first West Australian Captain of the Club.
Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich congratulated Bruce on another outstanding campaign at the elite level.
“Courtney’s dedication, hard work and and leadership, both on and off the court, make her a truly deserving winner of this award,” Marinkovich said.
“The way in which Courtney has led the Club this season has been nothing short of exemplary.”
“As a Club, we are extremely proud of what Courtney has achieved this year, and know that she’s a prodigious young defender with a bright future ahead of her, both in the Fever environment and at international level.”
“Courtney is a proud West Australian, a product of the Netball WA Athlete Pathway and someone who is undeniably passionate about West Coast Fever, and I offer her my sincere congratulations.”
Bruce topped the list of winners at the Club’s annual Awards Night, which was held at the University Club of Western Australia tonight, with the defender also claiming the PerthNow People’s Choice Award for the second consecutive season.
Runner up MVP, Jhaniele Fowler, was recognised by her team mates for her sensational first season in Suncorp Super Netball, by being named the 2018 Player’s Player of the Year.
Fowler dominated the League, breaking the record for most goals in an individual match, a feat she achieved on two occasions (Round 1 v Adelaide Thunderbirds and Round 8 v Adelaide Thunderbirds), while the Jamaican also broke the record for most goals in a regular season with 783 goals.
Recently re-signed midcourter, and fan favourite, Verity Charles was rewarded for her team-first mentality, leadership and commitment, crowned with Marinkovich’s 2018 Coach’s Award.
Australian Men's representative, Jerome Gillbard was named the Club Person of the Year, after displaying tremendous dedication to the program, training with the side regularly across the season.
A number of milestones were also acknowledged on the night, with Courtney Bruce’s 50th National League game highlighted, alongside Jhaniele Fowler’s West Coast Fever debut, as well as Stacey Marinkovich’s 50th game as coach and Team Manager Suzanne Lennon’s 50th game with the Club.
Fever is now calling on the support of the West Australian public heading into the 2019 season, with those eager to join the Fever Family encouraged to register their interest here.
2018 West Coast Fever Award Winners
Most Valuable Player: Courtney Bruce
Player’s Player of the Year: Jhaniele Fowler
PerthNow People’s Choice Award: Courtney Bruce
Coach’s Award: Verity Charles
Club Person of the Year: Jerome Gillbard