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Netball - 08. July 2010.

Barrett-Chase claims 2010 ANZ Championship MVP Award

Barrett-Chase claims 2010 ANZ Championship MVP Award

Dynamic Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel mid-courter Liana Barrett-Chase is the winner of the ANZ Championship's Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award for season 2010.

In her third year with the Southern Steel, Barrett-Chase has taken her game to the next level, breaking through as one of the most outstanding talents in the world's premier netball league.

Known for her speed off the mark and agility around the court, the 1.68m pocket rocket has been a crucial playmaker in the Steel's attack - her skills undoubtedly contributing to the team's fourth-place finish this season.

Barrett-Chase said receiving the MVP award was a fantastic surprise.

"I'm gob-smacked!  I didn't expect this at all", she exclaimed.

"It's always nice to have your efforts recognised, especially when you are playing alongside or against such incredible players each week in the ANZ Championship.

"I really focused on delivering a consistent performance this year.  We have all concentrated on working well as a team.  I'm so thankful to have won this award".

Barrett-Chase's consistent form over the 14-week home and away season could not be ignored by the 10 ANZ Championship coaches, who vote on the award using a 3, 2, 1 points system at the conclusion of each match.

While her standout season certainly impressed the netball faithful, Barrett-Chase admitted she was her own toughest critic.

"I'm never completely happy with myself ... but I'll get there one day. I'm only young and still have a long way to go - I can't wait to have that perfect game," she said.

"I just try to do as much as I can for my team ... it's about having each other's backs."

Barrett-Chase indicated she intends to return to the Steel for a fourth season in 2011 and felt that, having finished fourth in consecutive years, the team had unfinished business.

"It's a great bunch of girls, and a great environment in which to live and train.  I'm definitely looking to stay with the Steel next year", she said.

"While it was good to make the Finals Series, we have our sights set on a top two finish in 2011".

Barrett-Chase joins previous MVP winners Romelda Aiken and Sonia Mkoloma as superstars of the competition.  The 25-year-old will receive a trophy and a piece of jewellery for her efforts.

2010 ANZ Championship MVP Award - top four

Liana Barrett-Chase    Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel        36 points

Rebecca Bulley          NSW Swifts
30 points        

Leana de Bruin            Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel        29

Carla Borrego            Adelaide Thunderbirds
29 points        

Previous winners

2008 - Romelda Aiken (Queensland Firebirds) and Sonia Mkoloma (Central
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