2016 WNA team of the season

CENTRE: Horsham's Abbie Avery was a unanimous decision amongst coaches as the centre in the league's best side of 2016. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

CENTRE: Horsham's Abbie Avery was a unanimous decision amongst coaches as the centre in the league's best side of 2016. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

THE Wimmera Mail-Times spoke to the Wimmera Netball Association A Grade coaches to get their thoughts on who would make up the best team in the league.

Selection was dominated by Horsham and Minyip-Murotoa but many other names were put forward.

Goal Shooter

Minyip-Murtoa’s Kirby Knight and Horsham’s Emma Buwalda were the names to be considered to fulfil the goal shooter role. Knight gets the nod in this team based on the next selection.

Goal Attack

It is impossible to leave Emma Buwalda out of the side based on her form this season. 

Half the coaches wanted to have her at goal attack and half thought she was better suited to the shooter role.

A combination of Kirby Knight and Buwalda would be a challenge for any team to stop.

Wing Attack

Horsham’s Paige Lloyd gets handed the Wing Attack bib based on her hard-running game. 

Dimboola coach Antoinette Toet described her as the best wing attack in the league. “I was lucky enough to play with Paige as she was coming up from the juniors and she has a smart netball head,” she said.

Centre

Horsham’s Abbie Avery was a unanimous choice in centre. Horsham coach Pauline Butler described her as a very strong player through the midcourt.

“She feeds the shooters very well and she’ll just keep running all day,” she said.

Wing Defence

Demons’s Georgia Hisock and Minyip-Murtoa’s Spencer Smith were the two front-runners for this position despite neither playing it regularly during the season.

Smith is the regular centre for the Burras but could not oust Abbie Avery from the spot.

Burras coach Vikki Burke and Toet both praised the defensive side of her game. 

Similarly Hiscock more regularly plays goal defence.

Either player would fit into the side well.

Goal Defence

Minyip-Murtoa’s Stevie Bibby’s impressive Hatcher medal winning form this season made her an automatic selection in the side.

Toet said she was an awesome player who could play anywhere. “It’s uncanny how many balls she can intercept,” she said.

Goal Keeper

One of the more difficult decisions was goal keeper.

A lot of coaches showed faith in their own players but Miniyp-Murtoa’s Paula Wiederman’s height, strength and experience won the day.

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