Ashleigh Garner named centre’s best
Ashleigh Garner has become the youngest two time winner of Papakura Netball Centre’s player of the year.
The 17-year-old Manurewa Rugby Gold goal attack was named the centre’s best at prizegiving last week where she was also acknowledged for playing in the Comets in the new BEKO League.
The win adds to her 2015 award and sets her up as one of only five players to have won the coveted honour twice.
Only Italia Tipelu, 2005, 2007 and 2010 and Nadia Loveday have won it three times. Loveday, the former Mystic who is Garner’s team mate and mentor, is the only player to win the award three times in a row.
Coach Delwyn Sanders has had Garner, her sister Kathryn’s daughter, under her wing since she was six.
‘‘She takes after her mother Kathryn who played age group for Auckland from 14 to 19 and played premiers in Auckland, Howick Pakuranga and Papakura up until last year.
‘‘Ashleigh has a passion for the game, is athletically gifted and for one so young, has an uncanny ability to read a game.
‘‘She has been playing premiers since she was 14 and she is tough, both physically and men- tally.’’
Garner also won the Merv Wellington Bowl for the player achieving the highest representative honour.
Manurewa Rugby’s Tegan Amani was named the centre’s most promising player. Aztec 1’s Vicki Morgan was named coach of the year.
Players of the year: Player of the year, Ashleigh Garner (Manurewa Rugby); most promising young player: Tegan Amani (Manurewa Rugby).
Representative players of the year: Year 8, Elise Kiors (Hui Hui Kotahi); Year 9, Raena Kahika-Smith (Marlins), under15, Tegan Amani (Manurewa Rugby), under-17, Samantha Francis (Manurewa Rugby).
Representative honours: Ashleigh Garner, Netball Northern Zone/Comets (BEKO League); Tessa Scholten (Marvels BEKO League).
Coach of the year: Vicki Morgan (Aztec). Representative coach of the year: Marcia Takiwai.
Manager of the year: Warren Pitman. Volunteer of the year: Priscilla Campbell (Drury). Club of the year: Conifer Grove Netball Club.