Will­cocks gets hands on sec­ond award

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Stand­out Kan­gas 1 de­fender Rachel Will­cocks has won her sec­ond Michelle Par­sons Memo­rial Award, pre­vail­ing in a close count of Al­bany Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s high­est in­di­vid­ual hon­our at Prince Royal Sail­ing Club last Satur­day night.

The pres­ti­gious award recog­nises the fairest and best player in the A1 divi­sion.

Will­cocks pre­vi­ously won the hon­our in 2015 while play­ing in de­fence for Bul­lets be­fore join­ing Kan­gas at the start of this sea­son.

The ag­ile de­fender en­joyed a ter­rific sea­son at her new club, polling 23 votes to hold off Roy­als Saints 1 de­fender Lisa Amess by four votes.

Amess shone for the mi­nor pre­miers to be runner-up on 19 votes with Nar­rikup 1’s Tina Mundy next on 17, while Gram­mar 1 young gun Jor­dyn War­ren capped an im­pres­sive sea­son to col­lect 15 votes.

Mag­pies 1 de­fender So­phie Ba­con-Lewis (13 votes) and Roy­als Saints cen­tre So­phie Lynch (11) rounded out the top six places, while last sea­son’s win­ner Kelly Judd, of Mag­pies, fin­ished with 10 votes along­side Nar­rikup’s Casey Greay.

Will­cocks’ tri­umph con­tin­ues the strong re­cent his­tory of de­fend­ers win­ning the award fol­low­ing pre­vi­ous re­cip­i­ents So­phie Ash­ford (2014), Alex Wells (2013) and Jess Jackson (2011).

Mem­bers of the Par­sons fam­ily were on hand to present the cov­eted award.

Ba­con-Lewis, who has had a dom­i­nant sea­son in de­fence for Mag­pies, won the Su­san Howlett Award for the best 18-and-un­der player in the A1 com­pe­ti­tion.

Pic­tures: Shelby Up­son

Michelle Par­sons Memo­rial Award win­ner Rachel Will­cocks.

Michelle Par­sons Memo­rial Award runner-up Lisa Amess.

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