Fans Forum: 2023 ANZ Premiership edition
Welcome to the Netball Fans Forum, a new series here at Rookie Me Central where we hear from netball fans themselves and see what they have to say about the domestic season that have recently come to a conclusion.
Today’s article is taking a look at the 2023 ANZ Premiership Season, which was ultimately won by the Northern Mystics.
Those surveyed were overall happy with how the season eventuated.
“I enjoyed the season! Great quality netball, super close games, I felt that the standard of umpiring was high and well managed, other than the Steel all the teams had a good balance of experience/new emerging talent,” one fan noted.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the season, so many close games and even likes of Steel not winning was not boring as they kept getting close and you felt yourself cheering for them to get that win,” supporter Noely said.
“It was a close season, it was exciting that the top 3 teams weren’t secured until the final few rounds. Happy that the Mystics came away with a second title,” fan Mitch stated.
When asked who they thought their MVP for the 2023 season was, the name that came up more than any other was Pulse midcourter Maddy Gordon.
“Maddy has been swing between all 3 midcourt positions the last few years. I think finally finding her feet in C and being able to use her defence skills and her strength to take any balls in attack really shined. I also think she had huge growth in her ability to control the pace for her team in C and played with maturity,” fellow fan Tash Rudd said.
“I picked her since her form was the difference in Pulse making top 3 and she carried her side in many games winning MVP multiple times and beating all of her opponents. She is just as good in defence and attack which separates her from other C’s. She is young still learning and has a bright future with the consistency she is okay playing with,” fan Sky said.
When it came to the MVP of the Grand Final though, the choices were pretty unanimous. Although a couple of respondents chose Mystics defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, the vast majority chose her team mate Grace Nweke.
“She was totally dominant, shot 70 goals and only missed 4 attempts. The defenders couldn’t nullify her,” supporter Jasellia Williams said.