Mentor goes back to back

25 days ago

Geva Mentor has made Collingwood netball history by becoming the club’s first back-to-back winner of the best and fairest award.

Tash Lewis

Geva Mentor has made Collingwood netball history by becoming the club’s first back-to-back winner of the best and fairest award.

With the final votes tallied following last night’s game, the 36-year-old was a clear 2020 winner, polling 66 votes to finish 24 clear of runner-up Molly Jovic (42 votes).

In her second year in the black and white, Mentor played every game of the 14-round season and tallied the most deflections (107) for defenders in the league.

Since joining Collingwood the champion goal-keeper and co-captain has taken the court in the starting seven line-up for every game.

Mentor has played 29 matches for the Pies, after crossing from the Sunshine Coast Lightning at the end of the 2018 season. She has played a total of 191 national league games.

Mentor has led the side for two consecutive seasons in the company of Madi Browne.

2021 will see both Mentor and Jovic remain in the black and white after signing new deals with the club. Jovic signed on the dotted line earlier this week whilst Mentor re-committed three weeks ago.

Mentor was also awarded the Player’s Player award for the second consecutive year, which honours not only distinguished performance but empathy and care for team-mates and a commitment to team.

This year the co-captain guided a younger, inexperienced squad and displayed impeccable leadership, patience, and support on and off the court.

With Collingwood offering opportunities to six debutants, Mentor played an important role not only as a world-class defender but as a source of counsel for the next wave of young talent.

“Geva is one of the league’s most consistent and talented performers,” Collingwood coach Rob Wright said.

“To be recognised for her defensive efforts as well as her leadership on and off the court is particularly pleasing.

“We commend Geva for her natural ability to guide and nurture the youth of our group during a season like no other.”

Jovic was one of the discoveries of the season, which was her debut Super Netball campaign.

The 24 year-old centre, who missed two matches due to a head injury, answered for 113 goal assists and 10 intercepts. Jovic was recognised as the Most Valued Player in round three, her third national league game.

“Molly has capped off a tremendous debut season,” Wright said.

“Our midcourt was stricken with injuries and a retirement. Molly stepped up to the opportunity, held her own and did not disappoint.

“She played a consistent, impressive game for any midcourter, let alone for a first-year player.”

2020 Best and Fairest Awards

1st – Geva Mentor

2nd – Molly Jovic

Players’ Player award – Geva Mentor

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