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The Courier SPORT Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – PAGE 23
2016 COURIER LEAGUE NETBALL AWARDS
LEAGUE GAMES MILESTONES
By Melissa Keogh
Lobethal Netball Club’s Allison Pullen
is quick on her feet and fast with her
The two top qualities needed for a successful
netballer and two key traits which enabled Pullen to
take out the Courier League Netball competition’s
top individual accolade for 2016.
The 26-year-old suggested winning the League’s
coveted best and fairest award at the annual
presentation dinner held Sunday, August 28, took
her completely by surprise.
“There’s so many great girls in this room,” she
said, after topping the count at the Lobethal Sports
“We always work great as a team, and my team
pushes me to do better each game.”
Pullen received 19 votes throughout the minor
rounds – the most amount of votes scored across
all seven League teams.
She was congratulated by her Tigers team-
mates and more than 80 other netballers and their
coaches at the end of the count.
Pullen’s passion for netball began as a 10-year-
old, playing in a Victorian competition before
moving to the Adelaide Hills and joining the Mid
Hills Netball Association.
She initially took up a bib for Mt Barker United,
where she continued displaying skill and prowess
and built a reputation as a reliable midcourt player
with speed and agility.
“My speed is my best attribute,” Pullen confessed.
“I try to change my speed quite quickly.”
During 2008 she impressed the umpires with
her talents on the court, earning her the Courier
League’s Rising Star Award as a Mt Barker United
Although displaying skills which could be utilised
in a number of sports, Pullen hinted netball was
her only priority.
“I love playing with a team,” she said.
“It’s much better than playing a solo sport.”
Pullen’s current Lobethal team comprises many
young players and fresh faces, some whom still
attend high school.
However, she belives her experiences on the
court allows her to be a role model to the young
Lobethal finished fifth on the ladder during its
return campaign to Courier League Netball ranks.
Although the result wasn’t as good as the team
anticipated, Pullen stressed her pride toward the
Tigers’ achievements throughout the season,
including mentor Kylie Kleemann winning League
Coach of the Year selection, and young defensive
team-mates Sintra Cowlam and Alex Edwards
figuring prominently in the Rising Star accolade.
By Melissa Keogh
Lobethal defender Sintra
Cowlam may be a fresh-faced
16-year-old, but her defending
abilities on the netball court
certainly rival those of the most
Umpires officiating during the 2016
Courier League Netball season have
crowned her the most promising
netballer among all youthful players
within the competition.
Cowlam took out the Rising Star
Award during last month’s presentation
dinner, and immediately thanked her
coaches and team-mates for their
unwaivering support and guidance so
far throughout her netball career.
However, the tall goal keeper may not
have only her mentors to thank, but
“My arms are really long,” Cowlam
“So for me it’s about defending over
the ball and taking those rebounds
The Cornerstone College Year 11
student’s place on this year’s Lobethal
Tigers Courier League team was her
first season at the highest level.
She initially appeared on Lobethal’s
A-grade squad as a young teenager,
respected by her team-mates and
opponents on the court.
As the seasons clicked over she built
confidence and just the right amount of
aggressiveness to block and stall her
opponents at every chance.
Cowlam’s developing netball ability
has also taken her overseas.
During May this year she played in the
School Sport Australia netball team in
“That’s my biggest netball achievement
so far,” noted Cowlam.
“We played against NZ and lost
against them in the grand final, but it
was still an amazing experience.”
Cowlam, the youngest player on the
Tigers team, first graced the netball
court as an Under 9 player for the
From that point she continued her
love for the sport, and from an early
age was selected to play at Mid Hills
A-grade level against women more
than twice her age and experience.
The young gun netballer reflected that
her Rising Star Award success was
“I wasn’t expecting it because we had
a few Rising Star nominations in our
team,” she said.
“But it feels pretty good to be
“I love the whole team environment
of the game and the feel of the whole
“I enjoy the company of everyone in
my team and my coach is amazing.”
The Rising Star Award provided a
quinella for the Tigers, with Cowlam
polling 21 votes to head home defensive
circle team-mate Alex Edwards on 18.
Star on the horizon
Speedy Lobethal centre player Allison Pullen topped the counting of votes for the
prestigious Courier League Netball best and fairest award during the recent 2016
Lobethal’s Sintra Cowlam (left) received the 2016 Courier League
Netball Rising Star Award from Barb Flemming.
Mel England from Crafers
was recognised for achieving
100 League appearances.
Ironbank midcourter Jay Morgan
chalked up 100 League games
during the 2016 season.
Kelly Childs of Hahndorf reached
100 League games prior to a
season-ending knee injury.
Current Crafers player Kylie
Chapman was acknowledged for
200 games over her Courier League
Netball playing career.
Emily Ayles from Uraidla was
inducted into the 200-game Courier
League Netball club at the 2016
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