Stacey Marinkovich Medal

About the Stacey Marinkovich Medal

West Coast Fever’s Most Valuable Player Award was re-named the Stacey Marinkovich Medal in 2021 to honour the former captain and coach’s significant legacy at the club.

After almost 20 years at West Coast Fever, she departed at the end of the 2021 season after being appointed full-time Origin Australian Diamonds head coach.

Her ability to engage, influence and inspire people both on and off the court with her genuine, down-to-earth approach has made her a favourite at West Coast Fever, where her name is now forever enshrined on the Medal for each season’s Most Valuable Player, as voted by the coaches. 
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2023 Stacey Marinkovich Medallist Jhaniele Fowler
Star Goal Shooter Jhaniele Fowler picked up her fifth Stacey Marinkovich medal in as many years after another incredible season under the post.

The Jamaican international began the season by setting a competition record of 146 consecutive goals without a miss and went on to score a remarkable 872 Goals at an accuracy of 96 per cent across 16 games. Fowler topped the league for goals scored and Nissan Net Points earned at 1516.5 as well as having the best accuracy of the top five goal scorers.

Fowler collected 38 votes on the night, just three ahead of Captain Courtney Bruce. Vice-Captain Jess Anstiss and Sunday Aryang were tied in third place with 25 votes each.

Jhaniele Fowler
Goal Shooter Jhaniele Fowler was awarded her fourth-consecutive club MVP Award after taking out the Stacey Marinkovich Medal.

Fowler polled votes in 13 of 14 rounds including a maximum 6 votes on three occasions to finish with 58. She also led the competition in Nissan Net Points, goals and offensive rebounds. She scored 929 goals, shooting at 97 per cent and made four super shots. She also pulled down 55 rebounds and scored 1668.5 Nissan Net points 

Alice Teague-Neeld finished second on the leader board with 37 votes and Captain Courtney Bruce third with 36 votes.

Sunday Aryang and Chelsea Pitman tied in fourth place with 10 votes each, followed by Stacey Francis-Bayman with 6 votes, Sasha Glasgow and Verity Simmons with 4 and Jess Anstiss with 3 votes.

West Coast Fever Goal Shooter Jhaniele Fowler re-wrote the club’s record books, winning a third consecutive MVP Award and the inaugural Stacey Marinkovich Medal at the 2021 vote count.

Fowler, who won Fever’s previous two MVP awards and three consecutive Suncorp Super Netball MVP awards, won the Stacey Marinkovich Medal with 55 votes ahead of captain Courtney Bruce with 35 votes and rising star Sunday Aryang with 21 votes.

Fowler registered a maximum six votes in three games and polled in every round of the season except the Round 2 win over the Swifts when Aryang, Bruce and Jess Anstiss collected four votes each.

Fowler said she was honoured to win the award and thanked her club and teammates.

“I am very grateful for all that this team has invested in me as a person and as a player and always believing in me year in, year out,” she said.

“Since I’ve been here in 2018, I’ve only wanted to do my best by this club to perform my best.

“I’m so much more mature in my game and in my personal life since I’ve been here and I’m very grateful for that.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing teammates so I’m very thankful to them too.”

Fowler has been a dominant force in Super Netball since joining Fever in 2018, scoring 3455 goals in four seasons and has re-signed for another two years.

In 2021 she topped the league in scoring with 883 goals at 96 per cent accuracy, was second for offensive rebounds with 57 and finished first on the Nissan Net Points leader board with a total of 1611 points.

Jhaniele Fowler 2020
West Coast Fever shooter Jhaniele Fowler capped off an incredible year by being crowned the Club’s 2020 Most Valuable Player. 

It was Fowler’s second consecutive year as the winner of the award. The Jamaican shooter also claimed the Player’s Player Award for the third consecutive year. 

The accolade was yet another award for the superstar, who cemented herself as the best shooter in the world, finishing the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season with 965 goals, the most in the League for the third year running. 

Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich congratulated Fowler on another outstanding season. 

“Jhaniele is a truly deserving winner of the MVP award,” Marinkovich said. 

“She has consistently performed at the highest level, under immense pressure and against world leading defenders. Her elite level of execution is a reflection of her dedication, hard work and leadership,” Marinkovich said.  

“Jhaniele is a true professional on and off the court. She has made significant sacrifices to play in the 2020 season and with that she certainly ensured that she made the most of that decision.   

“We are incredibly proud of what she has achieved at our Club. Knowing the professional she is I am looking forward to seeing what she can do to evolve her game and take into the next season.” 

Jhaniele Fowler 2019
West Coast Fever shooter Jhaniele Fowler capped off her 2019 campaign by being crowned the Club’s 2019 Most Valuable Player.

Fowler was a runaway winner of the award, with the Jamaican shooter also claiming the Player’s Player Award for the second consecutive year after finishing the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season with 709 goals, the most in the League for the second year running.

The award capped off a significant year for Fowler, who captained Jamaica at the 2019 Netball World Cup.

Head Coach Stacey Marinkovich congratulated Fowler on another outstanding season.

“Jhaniele’s dedication, hard work and leadership make her a truly deserving winner of the MVP award,” Marinkovich said.

“The way in which Jhaniele conducts herself, both on and off the court, is to be admired, and we’re incredibly proud to have her playing in the green dress for the next two seasons.”

“Jhaniele is incredibly passionate about West Coast Fever, our Members and fans, and the wider community, and on behalf of the Club, I offer her my sincere congratulations.”

CBruce 2018
Captain Courtney Bruce capped off a brilliant 12 months by being named West Coast Fever’s most valuable player in a history-making season.

Bruce edged out star import Jhaniele Fowler in a thrilling count to clinch the prestigious award for the first time.

Bruce finished with 35 votes, one ahead of Fowler. Last year’s winner and rising midcourter Jess Anstiss was third with 32.

Jess Anstiss 2017
Young gun Jess Anstiss capped off a remarkable debut season with West Coast Fever by being named the club’s most valuable player.

Anstiss upstaged her more experienced teammates on Fever’s big night in a year that yielded just two wins in the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season.

The 20-year-old was used off the bench in the opening rounds but moved to wing defence when Shannon Eagland’s season was ended by a knee injury.

Anstiss, who will represent Australia at next month’s World Youth Cup, polled 52 votes to win the trophy ahead of goalkeeper Courtney Bruce (41) and vice-captain Verity Charles (37).

Nat Medhurst 2016
Nat Medhurst was crowned the club’s most valuable player for 2016, becoming the third player in Fever history to win the MVP in consecutive seasons, joining Eboni Beckford-Chambers and Madison Browne.

Medhurst finished with 52 votes, ahead of Shae Brown’s 38 and Caitlin Bassett’s 37.

Nat Medhurst 2015
West Coast Fever star Nat Medhurst capped her World Cup selection by being crowned the club’s most valuable player for 2015.

Medhurst edged out captain Ashleigh Brazill by just two votes in the hotly-contested main award.

Eboni Beckford-Chambers
English defender Eboni Beckford-Chambers cemented her status as the West Coast Fever’s most important player after winning her second consecutive club champion award.

Beckford-Chambers was rewarded for a consistent 2014 campaign at goalkeeper, holding down the fort despite the Fever struggling to a 4-9 record.

Eboni Beckford-Chambers
Defender Eboni Beckford-Chambers was recognised for an outstanding season by securing the club’s MVP award.

The Fever goalkeeper excelled in her second season in the west, playing every quarter of the campaign and quelling the influence of some of the competition’s best goal shooters.

Ash Brazill
Ashleigh Brazill was named West Coast Fever's player of the year in her first season with the club, a day after being included in the Australian Diamonds squad for the first time.

Brazill ranked among the best in the ANZ Championship for the season in intercepts, deflections and assists.

Caitlin Bassett
Goal Shooter Caitlin Bassett was named player of the year for the 2011 season after topping of the goal-scoring rankings for the year, making her the most prolific shooter in the competition with a tally of 478.

After joining West Coast Fever for the 2009 season and winning the Player of the Year Award in her first season at the club, mid-court star Madison Browne became the first player in the club's short history to win the award back-to-back.

Madison Browne won the Player of the Year Award in her first season at the club after relocating from Melbourne Vixens and starring in the west.

The New Zealand defender won West Coast Fever's inaugural player of the year award in the 2008 ANZ Championship season, after remaining with the team during its transition from Perth Orioles in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, where she played from 2002 to 2007.