The ANZ Championship (also known non-commercially as the Trans-Tasman Netball League) was the premier netball league in Australia and New Zealand. The competition was held annually between April and July, comprising 69 matches played over 17 weeks. It was contested by ten teams, five from Australia and five from New Zealand. The competition was administered by Trans Tasman Netball League, which was formed as a joint venture by the netball governing bodies of both countries. ANZ Bank was naming sponsors of the competition since its inaugural season.

ANZ Championship
ANZ Championship logo 2010.jpg
Logo ANZ Championship (from 2010–2016)
SportNetball
Founded2007
Inaugural season2008
Ceased2016
Replaced byNational Netball League and ANZ Premiership
No. of teams10
Countries Australia (5 teams)
 New Zealand (5 teams)
Last
champion(s)
ANZ Firebirds.svg Queensland Firebirds (3rd title)
Most titlesANZ Firebirds.svg Queensland Firebirds (3 titles)
Sponsor(s)ANZ
Level on pyramid1
Official websitewww.ANZ-Championship.com

The ANZ Championship was launched in 2008 as a successor to the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in Australia and the National Bank Cup in New Zealand, both of which were retired after 2007. The ANZ Championship saw netball become a semi-professional sport in both countries, with increased media coverage and player salaries. The final champions before the competition's folding were the Queensland Firebirds, who defeated the New South Wales Swifts in the grand final of the 2016 season, becoming the only team to win the tournament 3 times and the only team to win back-to-back titles. 2016 was the last season of the competition. It was replaced by separate Australian and New Zealand leagues in 2017, Suncorp Super Netball and the ANZ Premiership respectively.

Contents

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Netball is the most popular team sport for women in Australia and New Zealand in terms of player participation,[1][2] with the sport having been established in both countries for more than a century. Both countries started national competitions in the 1920s, and by the close of the 20th century had started their own separate elite competitions. The National Netball League (later the Commonwealth Bank Trophy) was started in Australia in 1997, while a revamped Coca-Cola Cup (later the National Bank Cup) commenced in New Zealand the following year. These competitions were designed to bring a higher profile to the sport in their respective countries, which despite strong local-level participation was still largely amateur.

In this respect, these competitions had mixed results. Both competitions produced games of greater intensity, saw increased spectator attendance, and with televised matches achieved a somewhat higher profile for the sport (more so in New Zealand). Nevertheless, they still lagged behind the professional competitions of male-dominated sports, such as the Super Rugby, in terms of public interest, sponsorship, media coverage and player salaries. Both the Commonwealth Bank Trophy and the National Bank Cup played their last season in 2007. In its eleven-year run, the CBT was dominated by the Sydney Swifts, Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Melbourne Phoenix, while the NBC was dominated by the Southern Sting. Before the start of their 2007 seasons, Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand jointly announced that both competitions would play their final seasons that year, after which one new competition would replace them both, commencing in 2008.

FormationEdit

From the start, it was envisioned that five teams from each country would compete in the new competition. This required a reduction from the eight teams that were present in each of the previous competitions.

The deadline for expressions of interests for Australian franchises was 10 April 2007.[3] In March 2007, Netball Australia chief executive Kate Palmer said the preferred model was for one team each from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.[4] In April this was confirmed as the composition of the league's Australian teams. Netball New South Wales boss Caroline Campbell said that she was disappointed that the Sydney Swifts and the Hunter Jaegers would have to merge.[5] Netball Victoria president Jenny Sanchez said that she had an open mind about whether Victoria would enter one of the two existing teams or a new franchise,[4] but by May 2007, the organisation had chosen to enter a single merged team.[6] Netball ACT also bid for a franchise,[7] but were unsuccessful.[6]

For New Zealand franchises, 10 April was also the deadline set for expressions of interest, with a confirmation date of 23 April announced.[8] Early in the selection process, Netball New Zealand chairman Don Mackinnon said there would be three franchises from the North Island and two from the South Island.[8] Five proposed New Zealand teams for the competition – three from the North Island, two from the South Island – were confirmed by the end of April, and approved in early May.[9]

2008–09: Inaugural seasonEdit

Season(s)

2008 season: inaugural year

2009 season: rivalry round

The inaugural championship began on 5 April 2008, with the Central Pulse hosting to the Melbourne Vixens in Wellington. After fourteen weeks of round-robin matches, the Magic emerged as minor premiers. The Swifts, Thunderbirds and Vixens also progressed to the finals stage. The Swifts defeated the Magic in the major semi-final, while the Thunderbirds beat the Vixens in the minor semi-final. The preliminary final saw the Magic defeat the Thunderbirds to advance to the grand final. On 28 July 2008, the New South Wales Swifts hosted the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in the inaugural grand final, held at Acer Arena in Sydney. A near world-record netball crowd of 12,000 spectators watched the Swifts defeat the Magic 65–56 to claim the inaugural ANZ Championship.

During the 2008 season, Australian teams generally performed better than their New Zealand counterparts. The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic were the only New Zealand team to make the finals, with the other New Zealand teams occupying four of the bottom five places on the competition ladder. Furthermore, no New Zealand team managed to win a single match in Australia, although Australian teams had some success playing in New Zealand. Most notably, the Wellington-based Central Pulse failed to win a single game. Media reports in New Zealand attributed the relative lack of success for New Zealand teams to a lack of player depth, restrictions on training hours, and delays in allowing franchises to finalise player selections.[10][11]

All ten teams returned for the 2009 season. Despite some concerns over the competition format, subsequent seasons have been held a similar format to the inaugural competition.[12] New Zealand teams continued to struggle playing in Australia, although two New Zealand teams qualified for the finals. 2008 champions the Swifts had a disappointing season, finishing ninth. They also became the first team to lose to the Central Pulse, who won their first game in 25 attempts. The Melbourne Vixens emerged as minor premiers for 2009; the Magic, Thunderbirds and Steel also qualified for the finals stage. The grand final was contested between the Vixens and the Thunderbirds in Melbourne. The Vixens won the grand final by 54–46 to claim the 2009 ANZ Championship trophy.[13]

The 2009 season also saw the introduction of the Festival of Stars and the Rivalry Round to the competition. The Festival of Stars is a celebrity netball match led by Australian match commentators Liz Ellis and Luke Darcy. Proceeds from the celebrity match are given to two charities, beyondblue and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. One round of the regular season is designated the "Rivalry Round", in which all matches are trans-Tasman clashes. Goals scored by teams from each country are tallied, and the country that scores the most goals wins.

2010–11: Format and rule reviewsEdit

Season(s)

2010 season: rule changes

2011 season: format reviews

A review of competition rules was conducted after the 2009 season. While the format of the competition remained unchanged,[14] several rule changes were announced. To aid the struggling Central Pulse, who finished 10th in the first two seasons, teams that finish in the bottom two placings of the competition ladder were granted the right to use two import or non-eligible players, and were also made eligible for a NZ$25,000 financial assistance grant.[15] Starting from 2010, two modifications of the international rules were implemented in the ANZ Championship, including the ability for coaches to talk to players during playing stoppages.[16]

The 2010 season started two weeks earlier in the year compared with other seasons, to accommodate the 2010 Commonwealth Games, held from 4–14 October. After the conclusion of the round-robin stage, the Swifts, Thunderbirds, Magic and Steel qualified for the finals stage; defending champions the Vixens suffered a mid-season form slump, finishing seventh. In the finals stage, minor premiers the Swifts suffered two successive losses to finish the season third. The grand final was contested between the Thunderbirds and Magic in Adelaide. Tickets to the match sold out within 12 minutes: a capacity crowd of 9,300 watched the Thunderbirds defeat the Magic by 52–42 to claim the 2010 ANZ Championship trophy.[17]

For the 2011 season, the competition format has been reduced to 15 weeks, including a 12-week round-robin, to accommodate the 2011 Netball World Championships being held in July that year. Teams will not have byes during the season, and some will play two matches per round in "double-headers".[18] In addition, changes to player eligibility rules allow all teams one import player as of right, while teams may also apply for a "citizen ineligible" player. As a result, the assistance package introduced for the 2010 season has been discontinued.[19]

2012: New Zealand gloryEdit

ANZ Championship season(s)

2012 season: New Zealand glory

The ANZ Championship season reverted to regular scheduling for 2012, featuring ten teams over seventeen weeks.

The season began on the 31 March in Adelaide, with the Thunderbirds defeating the NSW Swifts 57-40. This was backed up the following day with a New Zealand clash between the Northern Mystics and Central Pulse, under new coach Robyn Broughton.[20] The Pulse were unable to defeat the 2011 finalists, going down in a tight 51-47 match.

The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic became the first New Zealand based team to win the Championship, ending the Australian dominance of the previous four years. They defeated the Vixens in Melbourne with a thrilling 41-38 win on the 22 July 2012.[21] The Magic begun the 2012 season with four straight losses, before defeating the Canterbury Tactix in round five, and then winning a consecutive eleven matches to take the title.

The Thunderbirds and Mystics were beaten semi finalists, while the Swifts finished in fifth place with eight wins and five losses after the regular season. The Central Pulse and Queensland Firebirds filled the middle order, the Pulse placing inside the top seven for the first time. A depleted Southern Steel without the services of six international players who all departed in late 2011, finished in an unfamiliar ninth position. While the hapless Tactix finished last for the third straight season, struggling with just two wins from thirteen games.

TeamsEdit

Ten teams were formed for the inaugural season in 2008, five each from Australia and New Zealand. All ten teams remain in the competition. Each of the ten teams represents long-established regional netball organisations. The Australian teams represent the five largest Australian states, while the five New Zealand teams represent groupings of adjacent regions.

All but one of the teams in the final year of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy and National Bank Cup are represented in the new league, either in their previous form with a new name, or as part of a merged entity. The only exception is the AIS Canberra Darters, who competed in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy representing the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Capital Territory, but not in the ANZ Championship. Additionally, no team represents the Australian netball regions of Tasmania or the Northern Territory.

Current teamsEdit

Teams in the ANZ Championship
Teams Bases Main venues Former teams
Australia   Adelaide Thunderbirds Adelaide Netball SA Stadium Adelaide Thunderbirds
  Melbourne Vixens Melbourne Hisense Arena Melbourne Phoenix, Melbourne Kestrels
  New South Wales Swifts Sydney Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre Sydney Swifts, Hunter Jaegers
  Queensland Firebirds Brisbane Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Queensland Firebirds
  West Coast Fever Perth HBF Stadium Perth Orioles
New
Zealand
  Mainland Tactix Christchurch Horncastle Arena Canterbury Flames
  Central Pulse Wellington TSB Bank Arena Capital Shakers, Western Flyers
  Northern Mystics Auckland The Trusts Arena Auckland Diamonds, Northern Force
  Southern Steel Invercargill ILT Stadium Southland Southern Sting, Otago Rebels
  Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Hamilton Claudelands Arena Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
  • Note: Some teams have secondary stadiums in other cities.

Team mapEdit

Future expansionEdit

In June 2015, Netball Australia chief executive Kate Palmer revealed plans to expand the competition to include as many as eight Australian teams.[22] Palmer stated the short term goal included the introduction of a sixth Australian team by 2017 when the current format would be reviewed. Canberra had previously been mentioned as a target market that Netball NSW was keen to host more ANZ Championship games.[23] The Gold Coast, being the most populated city in Australia or New Zealand to not have an ANZ Championship team, has also been mooted as a possibility. The Queensland Firebirds host several ANZ Championship games at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre every year, often in front of a sellout crowd.[24] The Gold Coast will also host the 2018 Commonwealth Games netball competition and world class facilities will be in place by 2017. Both Canberra and the Gold Coast regularly host Diamonds' test matches.[25][26]

FormatEdit

 
New South Wales Swifts vs Melbourne Vixens during the 2009 SOPA Cup.

The ANZ Championship operates as a 17-week tournament with 69 matches during the first half of the calendar year. However, a condensed version of this schedule was used in the 2011 season to accommodate the 2011 Netball World Championships, which was held in July that year. Prior to the opening match, pre-season tournaments are held in Australia and New Zealand. The official pre-season tournament is the Netball Cup (formerly the SOPA Cup), which is held in Sydney over three days in the month leading up to the regular season.

Each season starts with a 14-week round-robin stage, followed by a three-week finals series. In the initial round-robin stage, each team plays other teams from their own country twice, and teams from the other country once. Each team plays at least six home games, and also has one bye, some time during rounds five to nine. Teams accumulate points during the round-robin stage: two points are awarded for each match won, while no points are earned for matches lost; competition rules do not generally allow for draws. Teams are ranked according to points accumulated, with the team that has the most points ranked highest, and so on; teams with equal competition points are subsequently sorted by goal percentage (calculated as the total number of goals scored during the competition divided by the total number of goals conceded, all multiplied by 100), accurate to two decimal places.[27]

The four highest-ranked teams at the end of the round-robin phase progress to the finals series; other teams are eliminated from the competition for that season. The finals series is played over three weeks using a Page-McIntyre System. The first-ranked team from the round-robin phase hosts the second-ranked team in the major semi-final; third hosts fourth in the minor semi-final, the loser of which is eliminated. The loser of the major semi-final hosts the winner of the minor semi-final in the preliminary final. The grand final is contested between the winner of the major semi-final and the winner of the preliminary final, with the former team as hosts.[27]

Matches are played under international netball rules. From 2010, one exception to the international rules will apply in the ANZ Championship, allowing coaches to talk with players during time stoppages. Another new feature of the competition will see the game clock displaying the final 60 seconds of each quarter, where previously the clock was blank for that time.[28] In addition, matches that are tied at the end of four quarters continue into extra time until a winner emerges.[16] In 2015 extra time in home and away matches has been abolished and a new final system involving the top three teams from each country will be used.

OrganisationEdit

GovernanceEdit

The ANZ Championship is administered by Trans-Tasman Netball League (TTNL), established in 2007 as a joint venture between Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand, both of which have representatives in TTNL's six-member board. Individual franchises are managed by state (Australian) and regional (New Zealand) netballing bodies, although these organisations report to their respective national governing body. The Australian Netball Players Association and the New Zealand Netball Players Association represent players collectively in negotiations with TTNL regarding salaries and playing conditions.[29]

PlayersEdit

As with international teams, ANZ Championship teams comprise 12 players each, with seven starting players and five reserves. Teams are presently allowed to include one import player at their discretion, and can also apply to their respective national organising body (Netball New Zealand or Netball Australia) to use an "ineligible" player – a player who is a citizen of the team's country but is ineligible to play for that country's national team.[19]

From the 2013 season, New Zealand franchises will have the ability to contract up to 14 players for its roster.[30]

Transfer periodEdit

Transfer period(s)
2008 season transfers
2009 season transfers
2010 season transfers
2011 season transfers
2015 season transfers

The transfer season for the ANZ Championship usually begins two weeks after the finals series, when franchises can begin negotiations with rival players.

Rosters for the 2013 ANZ Championship were delayed because of negotiations between the New Zealand-based players association and trans-Tasman netball officials. For 2013, New Zealand franchises will have an increased salary cap and can contract up to 14 players, while Australian clubs can contract 12 players.

SalariesEdit

The ANZ Championship is a semi-professional competition. Players are paid wages substantially higher than in previous competitions, but also lower than that required for players to make a living solely from the sport, with most players required to hold part-time or full-time employment elsewhere. Franchises are each restricted to a NZ$300,000 salary cap from which player salaries are paid. Salary amounts vary among players, but each player receives a retainer of at least NZ$12,000 per season; high-profile players are expected to earn up to NZ$50,000.[31][32]

The effectiveness of the salary cap was called into question in 2009, when Queensland Firebirds coach Vicki Wilson publicly speculated that the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, who had at least seven current or former Silver Ferns players, were not complying with the $300,000 salary cap, a claim that the Magic denied.[33]

In 2012, the salary cap was $350,000 and has raised to $380,000 for the 2013 season.

SponsorshipEdit

On 9 October 2007, ANZ Bank was announced as the league's major sponsor.[34] GM Holden, Fisher & Paykel and Mars Snackfood were also named as major sponsors.[35][36]

Office Max and Intergen were announced as sponsors for the 2012 season, while SCODY Pty Ltd replaced ICS as the official match kit supplier.

Media coverageEdit

All 69 games are shown live on pay per view Sky Sport in New Zealand, with live matches broadcast on Network Ten in Australia. Fox Sports originally held telecast rights in Australia, signing a one-year deal in 2008.[37] However, Network Ten succeeded in a rival bid, securing broadcasting rights for netball in Australia over four years starting from late 2008.[38] Sky Sport in New Zealand has a three-year deal.[37] Its understood the media rights are believed to be worth A$1.5 million a year to Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand, with guaranteed primetime telecasts until 2010.[39]

In New Zealand, free to air Television New Zealand telecasted delayed coverage of feature matches from 2008, but this deal between TVNZ and Netball New Zealand ended after the 2010 season.

Network Ten ended its broadcast deal at the end of the 2012 season, stating it was "insignificant" for mainstream media and "not a premium sport". This leaves the ANZ Championship without a broadcaster for its 2013 season, with it rumoured that FOX Sports and Nine Network looking to obtain the rights.[40] In March 2013, it was announced that FOX Sports and SBS had reached a two-year joint deal for the ANZ Championship. FOX Sports would broadcast every ANZ Championship match, including the finals, live for the first time in the competition's history. All games would be available in high definition with no ad-breaks during game play. One game a week would also screen live on SBS Two on a Sunday, as well as two highlight shows.[41]

On 23 February 2015, it was announced that FOX Sports and Network Ten had reached a two-year joint deal for the ANZ Championship. FOX Sports would broadcast all 72 games of the ANZ Championship, including the finals. All games would be available in high definition with no ad-breaks during game play. Network Ten returns to the league for the past 2 years, One game a week would also screen live on One on Sunday Afternoon. In 2016 Network Ten switch the coverage of the ANZ Championship from One to Channel Ten.

Year Australia New Zealand
Free TV Pay TV Free TV Pay TV
2008 Fox Sports Television New Zealand & Prime Sky Sport
2009 Network Ten/
One HD
2013 SBS 2 Fox Sports Prime
2014 Māori Television & Prime
2015 One
2016 Network Ten Prime1
  • 1 Prime is the Free TV broadcaster owned by Sky Sport and shows highlights of the ANZ Championship.[42]

Champions and minor premiersEdit

AwardsEdit

Most Valuable PlayerEdit

Each year, the official Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is given to players who receive the most votes from coaches throughout the season. After every round-robin match, coaches nominate three players as their player of the match: their first nominee receives three points, the second nominee receives two points, while the third nominee receives one point. These points are tallied at the end of the regular season to determine the winner. In 2015 the award was split into two MVP winners, one from the Australian Conference and the other from the New Zealand Conference.

Season Player Team Conference
2008   Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds
  Sonia Mkoloma Central Pulse
2009   Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds
2010   Liana Leota Southern Steel
2011   Leana de Bruin Southern Steel
  Natalie Medhurst Queensland Firebirds
2012   Temepara George Northern Mystics
  Laura Langman Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
2013   Jhaniele Fowler Southern Steel
2014   Kimberlee Green New South Wales Swifts
  Jo Harten Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
2015   Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds   Australian
  Jhaniele Fowler Southern Steel   New Zealand
2016   Madison Robinson Melbourne Vixens   Australian
  Jhaniele Fowler Southern Steel   New Zealand

Finals Series MVP (formerly Grand Final Player of the Match)Edit

Each year, a player from the Grand Final is selected and named the Player of the Match during the Grand Final presentation ceremony from 2008-2014 seasons. In 2015 this award was changed to Finals Series MVP which includes all matches in the Finals and not just the Grand Final.[43]

Season Player Team
2008   Catherine Cox New South Wales Swifts
2009   Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Vixens
2010   Geva Mentor Adelaide Thunderbirds
2011   Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds
2012   Leana de Bruin Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
2013   Erin Bell Adelaide Thunderbirds
2014   Tegan Caldwell Melbourne Vixens
2015   Sharni Layton New South Wales Swifts
2016   Kim Ravaillion Queensland Firebirds

Best New Talent Award (formerly Best Young Player Award)Edit

The Best New Talent award recognises the future stars of the ANZ Championship since 2013 replacing Best Young Player Award. To be eligible for nomination, players must have taken the court no more than five games in total across any previous ANZ Championship season (regardless of time spent on court at each game) and any nationality is eligible. The Best New Talent voting will be based on the eligible candidate with the highest number of MVP votes.[44]

Season Player Team
2010   Sharni Layton Adelaide Thunderbirds
2011   Kayla Cullen Northern Mystics
2012   Julianna Naoupu Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
2013   Jhaniele Fowler Southern Steel
2014   Mwai Kumwenda Mainland Tactix
2015   Serena Guthrie Northern Mystics
2016   Kristina Brice Adelaide Thunderbirds

Allstar TeamEdit

The ANZ Championship All-star Team is named each year and recognises the most outstanding players in the respective positions and a coach over the course of a season. The team was voted by a panel of judges in 2011 and 2012, but since 2013 has been voted on by the public.

2011

Position Player Team
GS   Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds
GA   Sharelle McMahon Melbourne Vixens
WA   Emily Beaton Adelaide Thunderbirds
C   Natalie von Bertouch Adelaide Thunderbirds
WD   Kayla Cullen Northern Mystics
GD   Anna Harrison Northern Mystics
GK   Leana de Bruin Southern Steel
Coach   Roselee Jencke Queensland Firebirds

2012

Position Player Team
GS   Irene van Dyk Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
GA   Maria Tutaia Northern Mystics
WA   Madison Browne Melbourne Vixens
C   Laura Langman Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
WD   Julie Corletto Melbourne Vixens
GD   Casey Kopua Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
GK   Geva Mentor Melbourne Vixens
Coach   Noeline Taurua Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

2013

Position Player Team
GS   Jhaniele Fowler Southern Steel
GA   Erin Bell Adelaide Thunderbirds
WA   Madison Browne Melbourne Vixens
C   Laura Langman Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
WD   Renae Hallinan Adelaide Thunderbirds
GD   Casey Kopua Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
GK   Geva Mentor Melbourne Vixens
Coach   Jane Woodlands-Thompson Adelaide Thunderbirds

2014

Position Player Team
GS   Jhaniele Fowler-Reid Southern Steel
GA   Susan Pratley New South Wales Swifts
WA   Madison Robinson Melbourne Vixens
C   Kimberlee Green New South Wales Swifts
WD   Renae Hallinan Adelaide Thunderbirds
GD   Casey Kopua Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
GK   Geva Mentor Melbourne Vixens
Coach   Julie Fitzgerald Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

2015

Position Player Team
GS   Caitlin Bassett West Coast Fever
GA   Susan Pettitt New South Wales Swifts
WA   Kimberlee Green New South Wales Swifts
C   Kimberley Ravaillion Queensland Firebirds
WD   Serena Guthrie Northern Mystics
GD   Julie Corletto New South Wales Swifts
GK   Sharni Layton New South Wales Swifts
Coach   Stacey Rosman West Coast Fever

2016

Position Player Team
GS   Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds
GA   Susan Pettitt New South Wales Swifts
WA   Kimberlee Green New South Wales Swifts
C   Kimberley Ravaillion Queensland Firebirds
WD   Laura Langman New South Wales Swifts
GD   Clare McMeniman Queensland Firebirds
GK   Sharni Layton New South Wales Swifts
Coach   Robert Wright New South Wales Swifts

#GoldenBib AwardEdit

The #GoldenBib celebrates the highest ranked players in the ANZ Championship each week based on the Official Champion Data statistics. The #GoldenBib recognises the top attacker, top midcourter and top defender from each round.

2014

Round Attacker Midcourter Defender
1   Ellen Halpenny

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Grace Rasmussen

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Geva Mentor

Melbourne Vixens

2   Mwai Kumwenda

Mainland Tactix

  Madison Browne

Melbourne Vixens

  Brooke Miller

New South Wales Swifts

  Leana de Bruin

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

3   Caitlin Bassett

West Coast Fever

  Grace Rasmussen

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Eboni Beckford-Chambers

West Coast Fever

4   Caitlin Bassett

West Coast Fever

  Grace Rasmussen

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Casey Kopua

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

5   Tegan Caldwell

Melbourne Vixens

  Grace Rasmussen

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Geva Mentor

Melbourne Vixens

6   Jhaniele Fowler

Southern Steel

  Laura Langman

Northern Mystics

  Laura Geitz

Queensland Firebirds

7   Jhaniele Fowler

Southern Steel

  Madison Browne

Melbourne Vixens

  Laura Geitz

Queensland Firebirds

8   Jhaniele Fowler

Southern Steel

  Madison Browne

Melbourne Vixens

  Geva Mentor

Melbourne Vixens

9   Cathrine Latu

Northern Mystics

  Madison Browne

Melbourne Vixens

  Katrina Grant

Central Pulse

10   Romelda Aiken

Queensland Firebirds

  Emily Beaton

Adelaide Thunderbirds

  Geva Mentor

Melbourne Vixens

11   Irene van Dyk

Central Pulse

  Grace Rasmussen

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Laura Geitz

Queensland Firebirds

12   Ellen Halpenny

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Joanne Harten

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

  Madison Browne

Melbourne Vixens

  Bianca Chatfield

Melbourne Vixens

13   Romelda Aiken

Queensland Firebirds

  Madison Browne

Melbourne Vixens

  Casey Kopua

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

14   Erin Bell

Adelaide Thunderbirds

  Shannon Francois

Southern Steel

  Rebecca Bulley

Adelaide Thunderbirds

2015

In 2015 the ANZ Championship put the #GoldenBib in the hands of the fans. The MVP of each match of the round would be put on the ANZ championship website for fans to vote for their favorite. Fans get 24 hours to vote and the player that gets the most votes is the #GoldenBib winner of the round.[45]

Challenge TrophyEdit

Loosely based on the Ranfurly Shield, from New Zealand's domestic rugby union competition, the trophy will be up for grabs every time the holder plays at home. Once a visiting team defeats the title holders, the trophy is theirs to protect and hold against all challengers in every home game during the ANZ Championship regular season until they are beaten. Any team, no matter of their ladder position, has the chance to win the Challenge Trophy and then defend it at their next home match. The better the home court record, the longer the title defence will last.[46]

2015

Challenge Trophy Holder Round Challenger Score Defence Successful
West Coast Fever 2 Northern Mystics 67-51 YES
West Coast Fever 3 Southern Steel 67-60 YES
West Coast Fever 5 Adelaide Thunderbirds 55-50 YES
West Coast Fever 6 Melbourne Vixens 53-47 YES
West Coast Fever 9 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 54-49 YES
West Coast Fever 10 Queensland Firebirds 48-56 NO
Queensland Firebirds 11 Melbourne Vixens 54-45 YES
Queensland Firebirds 14 Southern Steel 66-50 YES

Successful Defences

Challenge Trophy Holders Successful Defences
West Coast Fever 5
Queensland Firebirds 2

Challenge Trophy Winner: Queensland Firebirds

See alsoEdit

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