NSW Swifts skipper Kimberlee Green and Magic shooter Jo Harten have been named joint winners of this year’s trans-Tasman netball league MVP award.
NSW Swifts captain Kimberlee Green and English international Jo Harten have been named the trans-Tasman netball league’s most valuable players.
It is the fourth time the award has been split, with Green and Harten finishing the regular season on equal votes.
Under the guidance of rookie coach Rob Wright, midcourter Green played a central role in the Swifts resurgence in 2014 and first finals series in three years.
The 28-year-old, just the second Australian and first Swfits player to win the MVP award, was among the league’s top five for goal assists (203) and the club’s third-best for intercepts (11).
“It’s a massive honour and something I never thought I’d be anywhere near so it’s really exciting,” Green said.
“There’s a few more things that I want to achieve in my career – a Commonwealth Games gold medal would be amazing – but a team medal is something that I’ll treasure the most in my career and the accolades that I get on the side are a great honour and an extra bonus.”
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic sharp shooter Harten joins a long list of imports to claim MVP honours, following Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (2013), Romelda Aiken (2008,2009) and Sonia Mkoloma (2008).
The 25-year-old was this season one of only four players to finish with 500 goals or more, averaging 33.3 goals per game at 88 per cent accuracy.
“It is a highlight of my career and I feel really privileged to have been even playing in the competition let alone taking an award like this,” said Harten, who only moved to the Magic at the start of the season.
“It’s a great accolade but it really is credit to the team. You can’t win an award like that without having a great team behind you.”
The Magic narrowly missed out on a spot in Sunday’s grand final after losing to the Queensland Firebirds 54-50 on Monday night.