Queensland Firebirds Netball Star Romelda Aiken Wins ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player Award
Queensland Firebird Romelda Aiken is knocking on the door of greatness after winning her third ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player award.
The trans-Tasman Netball League’s most prolific scorer is now its most honoured individual after adding this year’s MVP to fairest and best accolades in 2008 and 2009.
No other player has won multiple awards, and at 26, the Jamaican goal shooter is likely to keep adding to her bulging trophy cabinet.
Earlier this season Aiken was the first player to reach 4000 Championship goals, and did so at a career average of 37 per game.
She was a member of Queensland’s 2011 Championship-winning outfit, pocketing the grand final player of the match award and selection in the All-Star Team.
Her third tournament MVP award will give the star shooter a shot of confidence ahead of Sunday’s Australian Conference final at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
The Firebirds will host the winner of Friday night’s elimination battle between the New South Wales Swifts and West Coast Fever.
For the first time the MVP award was split along Conference line, with Southern Steel’s Jhaniele Fowler-Reid winning her second crown.
It is decided by votes from coaches and national selectors, with Aiken recovering from a slow start to double her tally with a scoring blitz between rounds 10 and 13.
The Jamaican earned player of the match in three out of four outings.
She said the pain of losing the last two grand finals made her want to improve.
“I’ve been working really hard and putting in the extra efforts to make sure this time around we don’t fall short as a team,” she said.
“Within the team, the girls are always pushing me and telling me that I need to believe in myself a lot more and for others to see the work I’ve been putting out there on court, it’s an amazing feeling to know everyone appreciated what I do on court this year.”