Browne crowned 2022 best and fairest

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After an incredible 2022 season, Magpies’ midcourter Kelsey Browne has been awarded her first Collingwood Super Netball Best and Fairest Award.

Presented at the Glasshouse on Thursday night, Browne finished the count on 49 votes, while Jamaican goal shooter Shimona Nelson soon followed as the runner up with 38 votes.

Rounding out the top five was third-year player Molly Jovic (20 votes), Magpie co-captain Ash Brazill (18 votes) and 2021 Collingwood best and fairest winner Jodi-Ann Ward (16 votes).

Taking the court for a complete 2022 Super Netball season, Browne accrued the second-most centre pass receives (312) in the league, while also having the third-most goal assists (305).

In her fourth season as a Magpie, the wing attack played 100 percent court time – the most minutes played by any player on the team - across the 14-game home and away season as well as the Pies’ semi-final match.

Known for her exceptional feeding into the ring, the 30-year-old answered for a total of 516 feeds this season – the third-highest feeds in the league.

Browne was crowned the 2021 club Runner Up Best and Fairest winner alongside Nelson.

Collingwood head coach Nicole Richardson congratulated Browne on an exceptional season.

“Kelsey has had an outstanding season and has been a consistent contributor on court week in, week out,” Richardson said.

“Not only did she lead in attack, but Kelsey was able to grow her defensive efforts this season which has been a fantastic addition to her game.

“This award is a credit to her dedication and hard work this year and we congratulate her on this fantastic achievement.”

Nelson was again a dominant force under the ring, shooting at 93 percent accuracy this season.

Known for her strong hold and hands under the ring, the 23-year-old finished the season with the second-most goals (661) in the league having taken to the court for every match throughout the 2022 season.

“Shimona took her game to another level in 2022,” Richardson said.

“Coming off a fantastic 2021 season, Shimona was able to back it up again with her strong hands overhead and her aerial presence which allows her to be a solid threat under the post.

“We congratulate her on her outstanding efforts this season.”

In other awards on the night, Collingwood co-captain Ash Brazill was voted by her teammates as the Players’ Player, while training partner Nyah Allen was awarded the Fly Higher Award having been identified as the side’s rising star.

Collingwood 2022 Super Netball Award Winners:

  • Best and Fairest Winner: Kelsey Browne
  • Runner Up Best and Fairest: Shimona Nelson
  • Fly Higher Award Winner: Nyah Allen
  • Side-By-Side Winner: Chris Howley (High Performance Manager)
  • Players’ Player Award: Ash Brazill

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