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2023 Netball Super League Award winners announced

The Netball Super League (NSL) Awards is an annual event used to commemorate the league’s best performers who are honoured at every Grand Final.

There are seven individual awards bestowed upon the winners – as well as the Netball Super League All Star VII and Fan’s Player of the Season.

Find out your 2023 Netball Super League Award winners:

Gilbert Top Scorer:

Awarded to the player with the most goals in the regular season.

Winner: Mary Cholhok

Mary Cholhok has won the Gilbert Top Scorer for the third time during her time in the NSL, topping the leaderboard after the regular rounds of the season came to an end. With over 10,000 goals scored between all shooters over 20 rounds, Cholhok racked up a whopping 808 goals during the regular season.

Mary finished comfortably in first place with a 51 goal advantage over second place Lenize Potgieter of Manchester Thunder.

Mary’s goals helped take her side to victory in the semi finals and then again in the Grand Final, scoring at 92% accuracy on the day.

Mary also won this award in 2021 and 2019, with Proscovia Peace from Surrey Storm winning in 2022.

Runners Up: Lenize Potgieter (Manchester Thunder), Sigrid Burger (Severn Stars), Olivia Tchine (London Pulse) and Proscovia Peace (Surrey Storm).

Umpire of the Season:

Determined by the scores received for each umpiring performance throughout the NSL 2023 season

Winner: Gary Burgess

Gary Burgess has won the Umpire of the Season for a tenth time since 2008. Chosen by the NSL Appointment Panel, Burgess has had another standout season for the Officiating Family. The world renowned umpire has showcased his talent all the way throughout the season and once again oversaw the Grand Final at the Copper Box Arena.

The 2022 winner of this award was Gary Burgess.

Assessors Umpire of the Season

Winner: Rhian Edwards

This award went to Rhian Edwards and is voted for by the assessors to an individual who has delivered consistently good performances throughout the NSL season and improved their umpiring through self-reflection and hard work. Rhian has umpired 57 matches in the Netball Super League in her career and is the second ever recipient of this award with its introduction in the 2022 season.

Players’ Player of the Season:

Voted for by all Netball Super League players.

Winner: Vicki Oyesola (Leeds Rhinos)

Goal keeper Vicki Oyesola was unstoppable for her club during the 2023 NSL season.

The Future Rose was third on the leaderboard for most deflections, with 88 across the whole season, meanwhile also being sixth on the leaderboard for the most interceptions taken, with a whopping 45.

Oyesola was a real standout for Rhinos, with her tenacious work rate earning her several Gilbert Player of the Match awards. She has played a key role in all four of Rhinos’ wins this season. Oyesola has been instrumental in helping her side to a strong finish including challenging 2022 champions Manchester Thunder in a nail-biter at the AO Arena in Round 16 with 10 deflections, 5 turnovers and 3 interceptions, as well as playing a key role in ending the final three rounds of the season with two wins and a draw.

The 2022 winner of this award was Eleanor Cardwell who formerly played at Manchester Thunder.

Runners Up: Fran Williams (Loughborough Lightning) and Amy Flanagan (Surrey Storm)

Young Player of the Season:

This is awarded to a player, under the age of 21 years old prior to the start of the season, who clubs believed had been the best performing throughout the season.

Winner: Berri Neil (London Pulse)

Berri Neil has had a breakout season in 2023. Having made her debut in the NSL back in 2020 for Manchester Thunder, Neil has since made a total of 42 appearances for the London based club.

The youngster has demonstrated her fearlessness this season, showing no hesitation when going to put up a shot.

Voted by the clubs themselves, Neil was one of Pulse’s key performers as they achieved their best-ever league finish of first and earned a Silver medal in this year’s Grand Final, scoring at 85% in the match.

Runners-Up: Jayda Pechova (Team Bath) and Emma Thacker (Loughborough Lightning)/Sophie Kelly (Team Bath) joint runners up.

Fans’ Player of the Season:

Voted for by Netball Super League fans.

Winner: Francesca Williams (Loughborough Lightning)

It was no doubt that the fan favourite of the season was Fran Williams. The goal defence totted up numerous Gilbert Player of the Match awards throughout the season, and again achieved the accolade in the Grand Final after an emphatic performance that saw her take four interceptions, six deflections and 10 turnovers for her team.

Williams was comfortably the winner after fans voted for the Loughborough Lightning star on NSL social media.

The England Rose was fearless this season, not being afraid to take any opportunity that she sees. With the Netball World Cup on the horizon, Fran has made the fans even more excited to watch her this summer.

The 2022 winner of this award was Eleanor Cardwell, formerly at Manchester Thunder.

Runners Up: Funmi Fadoju (London Pulse) and Berri Neil (London Pulse).

All Star VII 2023:

Teams have had to pick out who they think was the best player in each position but weren’t allowed to vote for their teammates The players in each position who received the most votes will make up the All Star VII.

Winners: GK: Vicki Oyesola (Leeds Rhinos), GD: Fran Williams (Loughborough Lightning), WD: Amy Flanagan (Surrey Storm), C: Jade Clarke (London Pulse), WA: Nat Metcalf (Manchester Thunder), GA: Berri Neil (London Pulse), GS: Mary Cholhok (Loughborough Lightning).

Runners Up:

GK: Towera Vinkumbo (Strathclyde Sirens) and Jayda Pechova (Team Bath), GD: Funmi Fadoju (London Pulse) and Layla Guscoth (Surrey Storm), WD: Zara Everitt (London Pulse) and Claire Maxwell (Strathclyde Sirens), C: Nat Panagarry (Loughborough Lightning) and Amy Carter (Manchester Thunder), WA: Hannah Joseph (Loughborough Lightning), Sasha Corbin (Saracens Mavericks), Yas Brookes (Surrey Storm) and Jess Shaw (Severn Stars), GA: Gabby Sinclair (Celtic Dragons) and Lois Pearson (Manchester Thunder), GS: Olivia Tchine (London Pulse) and Sigi Burger (Severn Stars).

Coach of the Season:

Voted for by all teams’ coaches within the NSL.

Winner: Jo Trip (Severn Stars)

Severn Stars have surprised the NSL fans and teams this season. The Worcester based side rose from the ashes of a bottom place finish in 2022 and equalling their highest ever finish of sixth place after the regular rounds.

The club made history this season following the appointment of Jo Trip. She built a team from her vision in which it paid off.

Jo Trip came into this role after having left the NSL and retiring in 2021 with Saracens Mavericks. Trip has been an inspirational figure on and off the court for Stars this season, adding a seventh-place finish in the interceptions leaderboard, totting up 40 from across the season.

The player-coach has been trustworthy in her young and tenacious side, supporting them and their new connections to showcase her vision.

The 2022 winner of this award was Karen Greig from Manchester Thunder.

Runners Up: Vic Burgess (Loughborough Lightning) and Karen Greig (Manchester Thunder).

Congratulations to all winners and runners-up on your achievements this season!

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