Mid-courter Madison Browne has swept the 2012 Australian Netball Awards in Melbourne tonight, winning the coveted Liz Ellis Diamond, ANZ Championship and Holden International Player of the Year honours.
Browne became the first player since the inception of the Liz Ellis Diamond in 2008 to claim all three individual honours, which is recognition of a remarkable twelve months for the 24-year old.
Browne also becomes just the second mid-courter to win the award, following Diamonds captain Natalie von Bertouch's win in 2010. In doing so she beat Vixens team mate and defender Bianca Chatfield, who was recalled to the Diamonds for the first time in two years, to Australian netball's highest individual honour.
Browne established herself as the country's premier wing attack after a stellar season with the Melbourne Vixens, playing a significant role in guiding the Victorian franchise to the ANZ Championship Grand Final, and appeared in eight of the nine Australian Diamonds' international Tests.
Victorian-born Browne receives a $5000 cheque and a superb one carat diamond from Michael Wilson Jewellers for her Liz Ellis Diamond honour, to go along with her two Player of the Match awards during the 2012 Quad-Series and ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player nomination.
"Madison has been number one in terms of consistency this year, she's taken her game to a whole new level and really managed to put her great talent, that's she's always had, together with a really good performances at both international and domestic levels," Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander said.
Browne's coach Julie Hoornweg was named the 2012 Australian Sports Commission Coach of the Year Award after guiding her Melbourne Vixens team to a second ANZ Championship Grand Final in four seasons. Australian 21/U captain Madeleine Proud, currently on tour with the underage national team in Jamaica won the Australian 21/U Player of the Year while New South Wales' Kristie Guthrie claimed the Australian Netball League's Player of the Year Award. Netball Australia also inducted dual international Myrtle Baylis (nee Craddock), two-time world champion Annette Simper (nee Foley) and highly regarded sports doctor Grace Bryant into the Australian Netball Hall of Fame during the award ceremony.
2012 Australian Netball Award winners:
Liz Ellis Diamond: Madison Browne
Holden Australian International Player of the Year: Madison Browne
Australian ANZ Championship player of the year: Madison Browne, Melbourne Vixens
New Idea Favourite Diamond: Catherine Cox
Australian Netball League Player of the Year: Kristie Guthrie, NSW Waratahs
Australian 21/U Player of the Year: Madeleine Proud
Australian Sports Commission Coach of the Year: Julie Hoornweg, Melbourne Vixens
Umpire of the Year: Sharon Kelly
Tanya Denver Media Award: ABC Grandstand
Hall of Fame Inductees: Myrtle Baylis (nee Craddock), Annette Simper (nee Foley), Grace Bryant
photos Janos Schmidt