BEST & FAIREST CAPS OFF STELLAR YEAR FOR THWAITES
Tiarne Swersky - June 23, 2017
Magpies star shooter Caitlin Thwaites has capped off a remarkable season by winning the club’s best and fairest award on Friday evening.
Thwaites – who led the league in scoring with 594 goals at 92 per cent efficiency – polled 74 votes on her way to being crowned the Magpies’ best player of the 2017 season.
In her 15th year of professional netball, Thwaites’ career-best season was recognized by her teammates and supporters, as she also took home the Players’ Player and the Members Best and Fairest awards.
In a season that marked Collingwood’s introduction to the national league netball, Thwaites was a pillar of consistency in the Magpies’ shooting circle.
The 30-year-old enjoyed career-best shooting figures, including a haul of 50 goals against the West Coast Fever in round eight.
Joining Thwaites was Magpies Netball vice-captain Ashleigh Brazill, who was rewarded for her strong season as she polled 49 votes to be named runner-up in the Best and Fairest award.
Brazill – who crossed from the West Coast Fever in 2016 – enjoyed a breakout season with the Magpies. The star wing defender recorded 39 deflections, 26 intercepts and 69 centre pass receives, and became a fan favourite as she wowed the Magpies crowd with her uncompromising commitment to the contest.
Magpies captain Madi Robinson and vice-captain Sharni Layton finished equal third in the voting, with Kim Ravaillion rounding out the top five.
2017 Magpies Netball Best and Fairest Top Five
1. Caitlin Thwaites, 74 votes
2. Ashleigh Brazill, 49 votes
3. Madi Robinson, 40 votes
4. Sharni Layton, 40 votes
5. Kim Ravaillion, 20 votes
Members' Best and Fairest
Player of the Finals
Tasmanian Magpies Coaches Award
Tasmanian Magpies Best and Fairest