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Arrows hit the target

TASMANIA’S top netballers were celebrated at the recent ANZ State League Presentation Dinner in Hobart.

While AYC-Friends Lexus Arrows players were crowned senior premiers at the league’s grand final, their star player, Hayley Sansom, was named the winner of the Rosalie Parkes award (best and fairest) at Tasmanian netball’s night of nights.

The Arrows made it through the 2015 season undefeated and topped off their winning streak at the awards, where four players were selected for the Tasmanian Netball League Open All Stars team.

As well as receiving recognition for her stellar season, Hayley Sansom was one of the selected state representatives.

Ms Sansom said she was thrilled to be recognised.

“It was such a shock,” she said.

“I knew I had a good season but I did not think I would win as there is such a strong field of players to choose from.”

Another Arrows player, Sophie Gunn, was presented with the Coaches’ Most Wanted Open award.

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Elise Archer, said the awards acknowledged the blood, sweat and tears, but most importantly, the triumphs, of netball in Tasmania.

“While the accolades are, of course, an important element, it is also about acknowledging the invaluable contributions of everyone that makes this competition run like clockwork, with hundreds of netballers to coordinate representing all three regions of Tasmania,” she said.

“It is an exciting time for netball in Tasmania as the state’s securing its own taste of Netball World Cup fever, with Scotland and Wales making Tasmania their training base ahead of the competition in Sydney which runs until 16 August.”

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