Big awards, little girls

SHE may have been in a losing side this season, but Ashleigh Kaye never dropped her head, putting in top-level performances that caught the eye of those with the power come awards time.

The 15-year-old received the intermediate player-of-the-year award for the Bundaberg Netball Association, to go with the most consistent honours she picked up for club side Across The Waves 7.

Not to be outdone, Aleena Greenhalgh won her second senior player-of-the-year award for the association, and at only 17 appears to be a star of the future.

“She is an amazing player, she puts in so much effort and really deserved the award again,” Ashleigh Kaye said of her peer.

Mikaela Hammermeister won the junior player of the year, while Jemma Grogan was the winner of schoolgirl player of the year.

“We’ve all had great seasons, and we were all thrilled to get the awards,” Kaye said.

The goal attack, scorer or centre is hoping to be graded higher next season after another highly consistent year.

“That is definitely the goal, but if not hopefully our team can do a bit better next season,” she said.

“Watching the likes of Aleena, how hard she trains and plays, definitely helps me and inspires me to keep putting in heaps of effort,” Kaye said.

Kaye also picked up sportswoman of the season for her indoor netball side, capping off an amazing year for the youngster.

Jemma Grogan and Mikaela Hammermeister also play for ATW, while Greenhalgh is an Alloway girl.

At 156cm, Kaye is not tallest in the goal circle, but when she gets possession of the ball, she makes it count.

“Hopefully I will grow a bit soon, because I’m pretty short for goal attack or scorer,” she said.

She will have the off season to lengthen her limbs, ready to emulate her heroes Sharelle McMahon and Catherine Cox, for the coming season 2010.

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