Ash­leigh Gar­ner named cen­tre’s best

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - ALAN APTED

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.

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