Gretel Tippett named Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds Player of the Year

Gretel Tippett has tonight been named the Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds Player of the Year after what has been a sparkling year for the goal attack.

Tippett got away to a slow start on the tally board but brought it home strong to pip her goal circle partner Romelda Aiken in the final rounds of the competition storming home with 25 points in the final five rounds of the season. It is Tippett’s first Firebirds Player of the Year award.

To add to the official Player of the Year award, Tippett was also awarded the Members Player of the Year.

The 2018 Firebirds Players Player award went to Romelda Aiken, who like Tippett took her game to a new level in 2018 still improving and showing great versatility even in her tenth season with the club.

Laura Clemesha was awarded the 2018 Firebirds Spirit award for the second consecutive year.

Introduced in 2006 and decided by team management, the recipient shows passion and dedication while displaying a fantastic attitude and sense of fun within the team.

The Firebirds annual Gala Dinner was also showcase to the Netball Queensland High Performance awards recognising athletes and coaches from the emerging talent and high performance pathways.

2018 Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds and Netball Queensland High Performance Awards

Firebirds Player of the Year – Gretel Tippett
Firebirds Players Player – Romelda Aiken
Members Player of the Year – Gretel Tippett
Firebirds Spirit Award – Laura Clemesha
Firebirds Volunteer of the Year – Kylie Reynolds

High Performance Coach of the Year – Jenny Brazel
Queensland Fusion Player of the Year – Leah Middleton
Queensland State Netball League Player of the Year – Rylie Holland, Aleesha Adams, Chanel Dyer
Judy Sampson Memorial Award – Ruby Bakewell-Doran
State 19 and Under MVP – Ruby Bakewell-Doran
State 17 and Under MVP – Abigail Houston

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