2015 ANZ Championship season

The 2015 ANZ Championship season was the eighth season of the ANZ Championship. The season began on 28 February and concluded on 21 June.[1] The 2015 season saw the introduction of several major format changes and initiatives, including a Conference system, a six-team Finals Series, drawn games and a new Ranfurly Shield-style competition, the Challenge Trophy.[2][3] With a team coached by Roselee Jencke, captained by Laura Geitz and featuring Romelda Aiken, Clare McMeniman and Kim Ravaillion, Queensland Firebirds won the Australian Conference, the Challenge Trophy, the minor premiership and the overall championship. Firebirds narrowly defeated New South Wales Swifts in both the Australian Conference final and the Grand Final on their way to effectively winning four titles.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

2015 ANZ Championship season
LeagueANZ Championship
SportNetball
Duration28 February – 21 June 2015
Number of teams10
TV partner(s)Fox Sports (Australia)
Sky Sport (New Zealand)
One
Te Reo
Prime TV
ChampionsQueensland Firebirds
WinnersAustralian Conference
Queensland Firebirds
New Zealand Conference
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
Challenge Trophy
Queensland Firebirds
  Runners-upNew South Wales Swifts
  Minor premiersQueensland Firebirds
Season MVPRomelda Aiken (Firebirds)
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (Steel)
Top scorerRomelda Aiken (Firebirds)
ANZ Championship seasons

New formatEdit

The 2015 season saw some major format changes. The league introduced separate Australian and New Zealand conferences, a restructured six-team Finals Series and a new competition, the Challenge Trophy. Teams continued to play 13 games – eight home-and-away matches against teams in their own conference and five alternating home or away games against teams in the other conference.[2][14][15] The ANZ Championship also introduced draws for the first time. During the regular season, drawn games would see both teams get a point each. Extra time will only be played during the Finals Series.[3] On 15 March, the Round 3 match between New South Wales Swifts and Queensland Firebirds finished 47–47. It was the first official draw in the eight seasons of the league.[16]

TransfersEdit

Player 2014 team 2015 team
  Eboni Beckford-Chambers West Coast Fever Adelaide Thunderbirds
  Kristina Brice NNSW Waratahs[17] Adelaide Thunderbirds
  Hannah Petty Southern Force[18] Adelaide Thunderbirds
  Amy Steel Melbourne Vixens Adelaide Thunderbirds
  Kelsey Browne Victorian Fury[19] Melbourne Vixens
  Emily Mannix Victorian Flames[19] Melbourne Vixens
  Alice Teague-Neeld Victorian Fury[19] Melbourne Vixens
  Carla Dziwoki New South Wales Swifts Melbourne Vixens
  Jade Clarke[20][21] Mainland Tactix New South Wales Swifts
  Julie Corletto[22] Northern Mystics New South Wales Swifts
  Erin Hoare Melbourne Vixens New South Wales Swifts
  Stephanie Wood[23][24] Queensland Fusion New South Wales Swifts
  Rebecca Bulley[25][26] Adelaide Thunderbirds Queensland Firebirds
  Beryl Friday[27] Queensland Fusion[24] Queensland Firebirds
  Caitlyn Strachan[28] Melbourne Vixens Queensland Firebirds
  Gretel Tippett New South Wales Swifts Queensland Firebirds
  April Letton New South Wales Swifts West Coast Fever
  Chelsea Pitman[29][30] West Coast Fever Manchester Thunder
  Jodi Brown[31] Southern Steel Central Pulse
  Ameliaranne Wells Queensland Firebirds Central Pulse
  Demelza Fellowes Queensland Firebirds Mainland Tactix
  Bailey Mes Northern Mystics Mainland Tactix
  Paula Griffin Central Pulse Northern Mystics
  Serena Guthrie[32][33] Team Bath Northern Mystics
  Camilla Lees Central Pulse Northern Mystics
  Sulu Tone-Fitzpatrick Northern Mystics
  Sophia Fenwick Mainland Tactix Southern Steel
  Jane Watson Mainland Tactix Southern Steel
  Kelly Jury Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

Sources:[4][5][6][34][35][36]

Head coaches and captainsEdit

Team Head coach Captain
Adelaide Thunderbirds[35] Jane Woodlands-Thompson Renae Hallinan
Melbourne Vixens[36] Simone McKinnis Bianca Chatfield
New South Wales Swifts[5][6] Rob Wright Kimberlee Green
Queensland Firebirds[4] Roselee Jencke Laura Geitz
West Coast Fever Stacey Rosman[37][38][39] Ashleigh Brazill
Central Pulse Robyn Broughton[40] Katrina Grant[41]
Mainland Tactix Sue Hawkins[42] Anna Thompson
Northern Mystics[43] Debbie Fuller Maria Tutaia
Southern Steel[44][45] Janine Southby Wendy Frew
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Julie Fitzgerald Leana De Bruin

Summer ShootoutEdit

Between 6 and 8 February, New South Wales Swifts hosted the Summer Shootout at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park. This was the first major netball tournament to be held at the venue. All ten ANZ Championship teams participated in the three-day tournament. A total of 25 games, consisting of both full length and shortened games consisting of two 15-minute periods, were played over the weekend.[6][46][47][48]

Regular seasonEdit

Round 1Edit

Sat 28 February Adelaide Thunderbirds 44–45 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Netball SA Stadium  
1:48 PM (ACDT) Carla Borrego   23/32 (72%)
Erin Bell   21/25 (84%)
Report
Stats
Joanne Harten   25/34 (74%)
Malia Paseka   14/18 (78%)
Ellen Halpenny   6/13 (46%)
Sun 1 March Queensland Firebirds 50–57 West Coast Fever Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre  
11:18 AM (AEST) Romelda Aiken   ?
Amy Wild   ?
Report
Caitlin Bassett   44
Natalie Medhurst   ?
Sun 1 March Melbourne Vixens 64–40 Central Pulse Margaret Court Arena  
2:18 PM (AEDT) Tegan Philip   35/41 (85%)
Karyn Bailey   29/35 (83%)
Report
Stats
Jodi Brown   24/29 (83%)
Irene van Dyk   13/14 (93%)
Ameliaranne Wells   3/7 (43%)
Sun 1 March Southern Steel 62–68 New South Wales Swifts Stadium Southland  
7.10 PM (NZDT) Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   46/55 (84%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   16/19 (84%)
Report
Susan Pettitt   29/32 (91%)
Caitlin Thwaites   39/43 (91%)
Mon 2 March Mainland Tactix 53–59 Northern Mystics Horncastle Arena  
7.40 PM (NZDT) Mwai Kumwenda   36/40 (90%)
Bailey Mes   12/16 (75%)
??   ?
Report
Maria Tutaia   23/28 (82%)
Cathrine Latu   32/35 (91%)
Elsa Brown   4/7 (57%)

Round 2Edit

Sat 7 March Southern Steel 68–54 Mainland Tactix Stadium Southland  
4:10 PM (NZDT) Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   56/60 (93%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   8/11 (73%)
Sophia Fenwick   4/11 (36%)
Report
Mwai Kumwenda   34/38 (89%)
Bailey Mes   17/24 (71%)
Gemma Hazeldine   3/5 (60%)
Sun 8 March Melbourne Vixens 48–39 Adelaide Thunderbirds Hisense Arena  
12:18 PM (AEDT) Tegan Philip   13/21 (62%)
Karyn Bailey   30
Carla Dziwoki   5/5 (100%)
Report
Stats
Carla Borrego   13/25 (52%)
Erin Bell   17/25 (68%)
Kristina Brice   9/14 (64%)
Sun 8 March West Coast Fever 67–51 Northern Mystics HBF Stadium  
11:18 AM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   51/61 (84%)
Natalie Medhurst   16/17 (94%)
Report
Maria Tutaia   22/30 (73%)
Catherine Latu   18
Paula Griffin   11/14 (79%)
Sun 8 March Central Pulse 46–52 Queensland Firebirds Te Rauparaha Arena  
7:10 PM (NZDT) Jodi Brown   27
Irene van Dyk   19
Report
Romelda Aiken   37
Amy Wild   15
Mon 9 March Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 43–48 New South Wales Swifts ASB Arena  
7:40 PM (NZDT) Joanne Harten   15
Malia Paseka   10/17 (59%)
Ellen Halpenny   18/25 (72%)
Report
Susan Pettitt   7/10 (70%)
Caitlin Thwaites   34/42 (81%)
Stephanie Wood   7/10 (70%)

Round 3Edit

Sat 14 March West Coast Fever 67–60 Southern Steel HBF Stadium  
7.18 PM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   50/57 (88%)
Natalie Medhurst   17/18 (94%)
Report
Stats
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   47/51 (92%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   11/17 (65%)
Sophia Fenwick   ?
Sun 15 March New South Wales Swifts 47–47 Queensland Firebirds Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre  
12.18 PM (AEDT) Susan Pettitt   29/37 (78%)
Caitlin Thwaites   18/22 (82%)
Report
Romelda Aiken   36/46 (78%)
Gretel Tippett   11/14 (79%)
Sun 15 March Adelaide Thunderbirds 51–51 Northern Mystics Netball SA Stadium  
1:48 PM (ACDT) Carla Borrego   34/41 (83%)
Erin Bell   17
Report
Maria Tutaia   23
Catherine Latu   28/29 (97%)
Sun 15 March Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 48–51 Melbourne Vixens ASB Arena  
7.10 PM (NZDT) Malia Paseka   23/34 (68%)
Ellen Halpenny   25/34 (74%)
Report
Tegan Philip   17/25 (68%)
Karyn Bailey   34/38  (89%)
Mon 16 March Mainland Tactix 41–48 Central Pulse Horncastle Arena  
7:40 PM (NZDT) Mwai Kumwenda   26/29 (90%)
Bailey Mes   15/26 (58%)
Gemma Hazeldine   0/1 (0%)
Report
Jodi Brown   18/27 (67%)
Irene van Dyk   16/21 (76%)
Ameliaranne Wells   14/17 (82%)

Round 4Edit

Sun 22 March Adelaide Thunderbirds 47–45 Melbourne Vixens Netball SA Stadium  
11.48 AM (ACDT) Carla Borrego   24
Erin Bell   23
Report
Tegan Philip   18
Karyn Bailey   23
Carla Dziwoki   4
Sun 22 March Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 52–49 Mainland Tactix Claudelands Arena  
7.10 PM (NZDT) Joanne Harten   30/32 (94%)
Malia Paseka   11/16 (69%)
Ellen Halpenny   11/14 (79%)
Report
Mwai Kumwenda   36/41 (88%)
Bailey Mes   0/1 (0%)
Gemma Hazeldine   13/17 (76%)
Mon 23 March Northern Mystics 49–44 Central Pulse The Trusts Arena  
7.40 PM (NZDT) Maria Tutaia   21
Catherine Latu   28
Report
Jodi Brown   28
Irene van Dyk   5
Ameliaranne Wells   11
Mon 23 March New South Wales Swifts 59–59 West Coast Fever Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre  
7.18 PM (AEDT) Susan Pettitt   23
Caitlin Thwaites   36
Report
Caitlin Bassett   51
Natalie Medhurst   8
BYES:  Queensland Firebirds and Southern Steel

Round 5Edit

Sun 29 March West Coast Fever 55–50 Adelaide Thunderbirds HBF Stadium  
9:18 PM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   40/44 (91%)
Natalie Medhurst   15/17 (88%)
Report
Carla Borrego   35/45 (78%)
Erin Bell   15/23 (65%)
Sun 29 March Northern Mystics 57–52 Southern Steel The Trusts Arena  
7:10 PM (NZDT) Maria Tutaia   23/25 (92%)
Catherine Latu   34/37 (92%)
Report
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   38/48 (79%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   14/17 (82%)
Mon 30 March Central Pulse 49–38 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic TSB Bank Arena  
7:40 PM (NZDT) Jodi Brown   25/30 (83%)
Irene van Dyk   24/30 (80%)
Report
Joanne Harten   25/30 (83%)
Malia Paseka   2/3 (67%)
Ellen Halpenny   11/13 (85%)
Mon 30 March Queensland Firebirds 51–47 New South Wales Swifts Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre  
7:18 PM (AEST) Romelda Aiken   43
Gretel Tippett   ?
Report
Susan Pettitt   ?
Caitlin Thwaites   ?
BYES:  Melbourne Vixens and Mainland Tactix

Round 6 Easter RoundEdit

Sun 5 April Queensland Firebirds 48–46 Adelaide Thunderbirds Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre  
12:18 PM (AEST) Romelda Aiken   26/32 (81%)
Gretel Tippett   22
Report
Stats
Carla Borrego   30/32 (94%)
Erin Bell   16
Attendance: 3,150
Sun 5 April Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 45–45 Northern Mystics Energy Events Centre  
7:10 PM (NZST) Joanne Harten   23/27 (85%)
Ellen Halpenny   21/26 (81%)
Malia Paseka   ?
Report
Maria Tutaia   ?
Catherine Latu   15/15 (100%)
Paula Griffin   ?
Mon 6 April West Coast Fever 53–47 Melbourne Vixens HBF Stadium  
2:18 PM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   34/42 (81%)
Natalie Medhurst   19/20 (95%)
Report
Tegan Philip   23/28 (82%)
Karyn Bailey   24/28 (86%)
Mon 6 April Mainland Tactix 58–84 Southern Steel Horncastle Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Mwai Kumwenda   38/41 (93%)
Gemma Hazeldine   11/14 (79%)
Bailey Mes   9/15 (60%)
Report
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   58/66 (88%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   15/17 (88%)
Sophia Fenwick   9/12 (75%)
Brooke Leaver   2/3 (67%)
BYES:  New South Wales Swifts and Central Pulse

Round 7Edit

Sat 11 April Southern Steel 57–63 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Stadium Southland  
4:10 PM (NZST) Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   42/51 (82%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   15/20 (75%)
Report
Joanne Harten   42/47 (89%)
Ellen Halpenny   21/26 (81%)
Sun 12 April Melbourne Vixens 48–55 Queensland Firebirds Hisense Arena  
12:18 PM (AEST) Tegan Philip   27/30 (90%)
Karyn Bailey   21/24 (88%)
Report
Romelda Aiken   37/46 (80%)
Gretel Tippett   18/26 (69%)
Sun 12 April Adelaide Thunderbirds 56–49 New South Wales Swifts Netball SA Stadium  
1:48 PM (ACST) Carla Borrego   39/46 (85%)
Erin Bell   ?
Report
Stats
Susan Pettitt   ?
Caitlin Thwaites   ?
Erin Hoare   ?
Sun 12 April Mainland Tactix 51–66 West Coast Fever Marlborough Lines Stadium, Blenheim  
7:10 PM (NZST) Mwai Kumwenda   34/36 (94%)
Bailey Mes   13/20 (65%)
Gemma Hazeldine   4/8 (50%)
Report
Stats
Caitlin Bassett   49/57 (86%)
Natalie Medhurst   17/19 (89%)
Mon 13 April Central Pulse 45–47 Northern Mystics TSB Bank Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Jodi Brown   28/32 (88%)
Irene van Dyk   6/10 (60%)
Ameliaranne Wells   11/15 (73%)
Report
Maria Tutaia   22/30 (73%)
Catherine Latu   13/13 (100%)
Paula Griffin   12/13 (92%)

Round 8Edit

Sat 18 April Queensland Firebirds 50–42 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre  
2:18 PM (AEST) Romelda Aiken   40/49 (82%)
Gretel Tippett   10/17 (59%)
Report
Joanne Harten   29/34 (85%)
Ellen Halpenny   10/15 (67%)
Malia Paseka   3/6 (50%)
Sun 19 April New South Wales Swifts 66–50 Northern Mystics Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre  
12:18 PM (AEST) Susan Pettitt   ?
Caitlin Thwaites   30/33 (91%)
Report
Stats
Maria Tutaia   ?
Catherine Latu   ?
Paula Griffin   10/16 (63%)
Sun 19 April Melbourne Vixens 63–54 Southern Steel Hisense Arena  
2:18 PM (AEST) Tegan Philip   22/25 (88%)
Karyn Bailey   41/49 (84%)
Report
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   37/41 (90%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   17/21 (81%)
Sun 19 April Central Pulse 48–51 West Coast Fever TSB Bank Arena  
7:10 PM (NZST) Jodi Brown   31/37 (84%)
Ameliaranne Wells   17/26 (65%)
Report
Caitlin Bassett   41/45 (91%)
Natalie Medhurst   10/13 (77%)
Mon 20 April Mainland Tactix 51–63 Adelaide Thunderbirds Horncastle Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Mwai Kumwenda   25/27 (93%)
Bailey Mes   26/36 (72%)
Report
Carla Borrego   37/46 (80%)
Erin Bell   25/27 (93%)

Round 9 ANZAC RoundEdit

Sat 25 April Central Pulse 47–47 New South Wales Swifts TSB Bank Arena  
4:10 PM (NZST) Jodi Brown   21/25 (84%)
Ameliaranne Wells   26/33 (79%)
Report
Susan Pettitt   22/26 (85%)
Caitlin Thwaites   25/29 (86%)
Sun 26 April West Coast Fever 54–49 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic HBF Stadium  
10:18 PM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   39/54 (72%)
Natalie Medhurst   15/20 (75%) ?
Report
Joanne Harten   35/40 (88%)
Ellen Halpenny   2 ?
Malia Paseka   12/12 (100%)
Sun 26 April Melbourne Vixens 56–52 Mainland Tactix Hisense Arena  
2:18 PM (AEST) Tegan Philip   26/33 (79%)
Karyn Bailey   30/33 (91%)
Report
Mwai Kumwenda   17/20 (85%)
Bailey Mes   32/35 (91%)
Gemma Hazeldine   3/5 (60%)
Sun 26 April Northern Mystics 47–53 Queensland Firebirds The Trusts Arena  
7:10 PM (NZST) Maria Tutaia   28/30 (93%)
Cathrine Latu   15/15 (100%)
Paula Griffin   4 ?
Report
Romelda Aiken   42/53 (79%)
Gretel Tippett   11/19 (58%)
Mon 27 April Southern Steel 53–53 Adelaide Thunderbirds More FM Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   40/45 (89%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   5/7 (71%)
Brooke Leaver   8/11 (73%)
Report
Carla Borrego   38/45 (84%)
Erin Bell   15/21 (71%)

Round 10Edit

Fri 1 May West Coast Fever 48–56 Queensland Firebirds Perth Arena  
7:18 PM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   35/39 (90%)
Natalie Medhurst   13/15 (87%)
Report
Romelda Aiken   47/57 (82%)
Gretel Tippett   9/18 (50%)
Sat 2 May Southern Steel 50–49 Central Pulse More FM Arena  
4:10 PM (NZST) Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   35/44 (80%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   15/18 (83%)
Report
Jodi Brown   31/33 (94%)
Ameliaranne Wells   11/15 (73%)
Irene van Dyk   7/9 (78%)
Sun 3 May New South Wales Swifts 67–43 Melbourne Vixens Allphones Arena  
12:18 PM (AEST) Susan Pettitt   28/30 (93%)
Caitlin Thwaites   39/41 (95%)
Report
Tegan Philip   ?
Karyn Bailey   ?
Attendance: 10,370
Sun 3 May Northern Mystics 61–53 Mainland Tactix The Trusts Arena  
7:10 PM (NZST) Maria Tutaia   24/30 (80%)
Cathrine Latu    37/41 (90%)
Report
Mwai Kumwenda   40/43 (93%)
Bailey Mes   9/14 (64%)
Gemma Hazeldine   4/8 (50%)
BYES:  Adelaide Thunderbirds and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

Round 11Edit

Sun 10 May Queensland Firebirds 54–45 Melbourne Vixens Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre  
12:18 PM (AEST) Romelda Aiken   38/44 (86%)
Gretel Tippett   16/25 (64%)
Report
Tegan Philip   21/25 (84%)
Karyn Bailey   24/30 (80%)
Attendance: 4,444
Sun 10 May New South Wales Swifts 65–54 Adelaide Thunderbirds Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre  
2:18 PM (AEST) Susan Pettitt   27/31 (87%)
Caitlin Thwaites   38/42 (90%)
Report
Carla Borrego   39/47 (83%)
Erin Bell   15/17 (88%)
Sun 10 May Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 59–53 Southern Steel Claudelands Arena  
7:10 PM (NZST) Joanne Harten   46/53 (87%)
Ellen Halpenny   4/4 (100%)
Malia Paseka   9/12 (75%)
Report
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   38/44 (86%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   15/16 (94%)
Mon 11 May Central Pulse 51–48 Mainland Tactix Te Rauparaha Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Jodi Brown   18/22 (82%)
Ameliaranne Wells   33/40 (83%)
Report
Mwai Kumwenda   30/31 (97%)
Bailey Mes   16/23 (70%)
Gemma Hazeldine   2/3 (67%)
BYES:  West Coast Fever and Northern Mystics

Round 12Edit

Sat 16 May Adelaide Thunderbirds 42–58 Queensland Firebirds Adelaide Arena  
7:18 PM (ACST) Carla Borrego   40
Erin Bell   18
Report
Romelda Aiken   26
Gretel Tippett   16
Attendance: 5,000
Sun 17 May Melbourne Vixens 56–48 West Coast Fever Margaret Court Arena  
12:18 PM (AEST) Tegan Philip   17/24 (71%)
Karyn Bailey   39/42 (93%)
Report
Caitlin Bassett   35/38 (92%)
Natalie Medhurst   13/17 (76%)
Attendance: 5,380
Sun 17 May New South Wales Swifts 68–49 Mainland Tactix Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre  
2:18 PM (AEST) Susan Pettitt   32/34 (94%)
Caitlin Thwaites   31/35 (89%)
Stephanie Wood   5/6 (83%)
Report
Mwai Kumwenda   33/35 (94%)
Bailey Mes   16/21 (76%)
Sun 17 May Central Pulse 55–55 Southern Steel Arena Manawatu  
7:10 PM (NZST) Jodi Brown   20/22 (91%)
Ameliaranne Wells   35/41 (85%)
Report
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   40/46 (87%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   12/16 (75%)
Brooke Leaver   3/3 (100%)
Mon 18 May Northern Mystics 54–49 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic The Trusts Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Maria Tutaia   24/31 (77%)
Catherine Latu   30/31 (97%)
Report
Joanne Harten   35/45 (78%)
Malia Paseka   14/19 (74%)

Round 13Edit

Sat 23 May Southern Steel 61–63 Northern Mystics Stadium Southland  
4:10 PM (NZST) Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   43/45 (96%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   15/17 (88%)
Brooke Leaver   3/5 (60%)
Report
Maria Tutaia   19/24 (79%)
Catherine Latu   44/49 (90%)
Sun 24 May Adelaide Thunderbirds 61–63 West Coast Fever Netball SA Stadium  
11:48 AM (ACST) Carla Borrego   44/50 (88%)
Erin Bell   ?
Report
Caitlin Bassett   52/56 (93%)
Natalie Medhurst   ?
Sun 24 May Melbourne Vixens 48–52 New South Wales Swifts Margaret Court Arena  
2:18 PM (AEST) Tegan Philip   21/27 (78%)
Karyn Bailey   27/32 (84%)
Report
Susan Pettitt   23/27 (85%)
Caitlin Thwaites   29/38 (76%)
Sun 24 May Mainland Tactix 43–68 Queensland Firebirds Marlborough Lines Stadium, Blenheim  
7:10 PM (NZST) Mwai Kumwenda   22/25 (88%)
Bailey Mes   21/25 (84%)
Report
Romelda Aiken   52/67 (78%)
Gretel Tippett   10/17 (59%)
Amy Wild   6/9 (67%)
Mon 25 May Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 52–47 Central Pulse Claudelands Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Joanne Harten   39/39 (100%)
Malia Paseka   13/15 (87%)
Ellen Halpenny   0/2 (0%)
Report
Jodi Brown   18/20 (90%)
Ameliaranne Wells   29/35 (83%)

Round 14Edit

Sat 30 May West Coast Fever 56–63 New South Wales Swifts Perth Arena  
10:18 AM (AWST) Caitlin Bassett   44/51 (86%)
Natalie Medhurst   12/15 (80%)
Report
Susan Pettitt   28/32 (88%)
Caitlin Thwaites   35/37 (95%)
Attendance: 9,703
Sun 31 May Adelaide Thunderbirds 62–51 Central Pulse Netball SA Stadium  
11:48 AM (ACST) Carla Borrego   42/47 (89%)
Erin Bell   20/25 (80%)
Report
Stats
Jodi Brown   22/31 (71%)
Ameliaranne Wells   16/16 (100%)
Irene van Dyk   13/15 (87%)
Sun 31 May Queensland Firebirds 66–50 Southern Steel Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre  
2:18 PM (AEST) Romelda Aiken   49/60 (82%)
Gretel Tippett   17/29 (59%)
Report
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   29/36 (81%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   17/24 (71%)
Brooke Leaver   4/4 (100%)
Sun 31 May Mainland Tactix 62–58 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic Horncastle Arena  
7:10 PM (NZST) Mwai Kumwenda   39/44 (89%)
Bailey Mes   22/24 (92%)
Report
Joanne Harten   52/58 (90%)
Malia Paseka   2/3 (67%)
Ellen Halpenny   4/6 (67%)
Mon 1 June Northern Mystics 48–56 Melbourne Vixens The Trusts Arena  
7:40 PM (NZST) Maria Tutaia   16/30 (53%)
Cathrine Latu   9/10 (90%)
Paula Griffin   23/28 (82%)
Report
Stats
Tegan Philip   ?
Karyn Bailey   ?

Source:[1]

Final standingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA G% Pts
1   Queensland Firebirds 13 11 1 1 708 608 116.4% 23
2   New South Wales Swifts 13 8 3 2 746 665 112.2% 19
3   West Coast Fever 13 9 1 3 744 701 106.1% 19
4   Melbourne Vixens 13 7 0 6 670 657 102.0% 14
5   Adelaide Thunderbirds 13 4 2 7 667 682 97.8% 10
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA G% Pts
1   Northern Mystics 13 7 2 4 682 695 98.1% 16
2   Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 13 5 1 7 643 663 97.0% 11
3   Southern Steel 13 3 2 8 759 775 97.9% 8
4   Central Pulse 13 3 2 8 620 656 94.5% 8
5   Mainland Tactix 13 1 0 12 664 801 82.9% 2

  Qualified for Conference finals
  Qualified for Elimination finals

  • Pld = Games played
  • W = Win (2 points)
  • D = Draw (1 points)
  • L = Loss (0 points)
  • GF = Goals For
  • GA = Goals Against
  • G% = Goal percentage (= 100 × GF/GA)
  • Pts = Points

Sources:[49]


Challenge TrophyEdit

The 2015 season saw the introduction of the Ranfurly Shield-style, Challenge Trophy. The trophy was available to win every time the holder played 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 regular season until they are beaten.[2][14][15] A pre-season draw saw West Coast Fever declared the inaugural holder and they defended the trophy for first time on 8 March in Round 2 against Northern Mystics.[50][51] Fever subsequently enjoyed a nine-game unbeaten run in the league. They retained the Challenge Trophy until Round 10 when they were defeated 56–48 by Queensland Firebirds.[52][53][54] Firebirds defended the trophy in Round 11 against Melbourne Vixens and in Round 14 against Southern Steel, finishing the season as trophy holders.[4][7][52][55]

 
27 June 2015; Romelda Aiken (Queensland Firebirds) with the ANZ Championship Challenge Trophy.
Round Holders Score Challengers
Round 2 West Coast Fever 67–51 Northern Mystics
Round 3 West Coast Fever 67–60 Southern Steel
Round 5 West Coast Fever 55–50 Adelaide Thunderbirds
Round 6 West Coast Fever 53–47 Melbourne Vixens
Round 9 West Coast Fever 54–49 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic
Round 10 [53][54] West Coast Fever 48–56 Queensland Firebirds
Round 11 Queensland Firebirds 54–45 Melbourne Vixens
Round 14 Queensland Firebirds 66–50 Southern Steel

Source:[52]

Finals SeriesEdit

The new Conference format saw the top three teams from each Conference qualify for the Finals Series. The second and third placed teams from each Conference played off in the Elimination Final. The winner then took on the first placed team in the Conference Final. The four Conference finalists will then progress to the semi-finals where the Conference Champions hosted the runner up of the other conference for a chance to compete in the ANZ Championship Grand Final.[14][15][2]

Australian ConferenceEdit

Elimination Final
Fri 5 June
7:18 PM (AEST)

Stats
New South Wales Swifts 6053 West Coast Fever    Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Caitlin Thwaites   32/34 (94%)
Susan Pettitt   28/29 (97%)
Caitlin Bassett   37/40 (93%)
Natalie Medhurst   16/18 (89%)

Source:[56]

Conference Final
Sun 7 June
12:18 PM (AEST)

Stats
Queensland Firebirds 5544 New South Wales Swifts    Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Attendance: 5,175
Romelda Aiken   36/39 (92%)
Gretel Tippett   ?
Susan Pettitt   ?
Caitlin Thwaites   17/21 (81%)
Stephanie Wood   ?

Source:[57][58]

New Zealand ConferenceEdit

Elimination Final
Sat 6 June
3:10 PM (NZST)

Stats
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 7169 Southern Steel    Claudelands Arena
Joanne Harten   53/60 (88%)
Malia Paseka   ?
Ellen Halpenny   ?
Jhaniele Fowler-Reid   58/64 (91%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit   ?

Source:[59]

Conference Final
Mon 8 June
7:40 PM (NZST)

Stats
Northern Mystics 5457 Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic    The Trusts Arena
Maria Tutaia   28/32 (88%)
Cathrine Latu   26/27 (96%)
Joanne Harten   35/38 (92%)
Malia Paseka   22/26 (85%)

Source:[60]

Semi-FinalsEdit

Sun 14 June
12:18 PM (AEST)

Stats
Queensland Firebirds 6044 Northern Mystics    Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Attendance: 3,200
Romelda Aiken   42/48 (88%)
Gretel Tippett   18/27 (67%)
Maria Tutaia   24/33 (73%)
Cathrine Latu   17/18 (94%)
Paula Griffin   3 ?

Source:[61][62][63]

Sun 14 June
7:10 PM (NZST)

Stats
Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 5260 New South Wales Swifts    Claudelands Arena
Attendance: 4,200
Joanne Harten   39/44 (89%)
Malia Paseka    ?
Ellen Halpenny   ?
Susan Pettitt   27/29 (93%)
Caitlin Thwaites   33/36 (92%)

Source:[64][65]

Grand FinalEdit

Sun 21 June
12:10 PM (AEST)

Stats
Queensland Firebirds 5756 New South Wales Swifts    Brisbane Entertainment Centre Fox Sports
Sky Sport
Romelda Aiken   47/51 (92%)
Gretel Tippett   10/17 (59%)
Susan Pettitt   26/28 (93%)
Caitlin Thwaites   30/34 (88%)

Source:[8][9][10][11][12][13]

Award winnersEdit

ANZ Championship awardsEdit

Award Winner Team
ANZ Championship MVP   Romelda Aiken (Note 1) [66][67][68] Queensland Firebirds
ANZ Championship MVP   Jhaniele Fowler-Reid (Note 1) [67][68] Southern Steel
ANZ Championship Finals Series MVP   Sharni Layton[69] New South Wales Swifts
ANZ Championship Best New Talent   Serena Guthrie[70][71] Northern Mystics
Notes

^1 Romelda Aiken was the MVP player in the Australian Conference and Jhaniele Fowler-Reid was the MVP player in the New Zealand Conference.

All Star TeamEdit

Position Player Team
GS   Caitlin Bassett West Coast Fever
GA   Susan Pettitt New South Wales Swifts
WA   Kimberlee Green New South Wales Swifts
C   Kim 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

Sources:[7][38][39][72]

Australian Netball AwardsEdit

Award Winner Team
Australian ANZ Championship Player of the Year Sharni Layton New South Wales Swifts
Liz Ellis Diamond Caitlin Bassett West Coast Fever
Australian ANZ Championship Coach of the Year Roselee Jencke Queensland Firebirds

Sources:[73][74][75][76]

New Zealand Netball AwardsEdit

Award Winner Team
New Zealand ANZ Championship Player of the Year Laura Langman Northern Mystics
New Zealand ANZ Championship Coach of the Year Julie Fitzgerald Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic

Source:[77][78][79]

StatisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

Player Team GS/GA/G%
  Romelda Aiken[80] Queensland Firebirds   648/779 (83%)
  Jhaniele Fowler-Reid[80] Southern Steel   607/697 (87%)
  Caitlin Bassett West Coast Fever   600/687 (87%)
  Caitlin Thwaites New South Wales Swifts   506/574 (88%)
  Carla Borrego Adelaide Thunderbirds   425/523 (81%)
  Susan Pettitt New South Wales Swifts   422/481 (88%)
  Karyn Bailey Melbourne Vixens   384/444 (86%)
  Mwai Kumwenda Mainland Tactix   371/405 (92%)
  Cathrine Latu Northern Mystics   360/384 (94%)
  Maria Tutaia Northern Mystics   345/363 (95%)

Top reboundsEdit

Player Team Rebounds
  Romelda Aiken Queensland Firebirds 110
  Jhaniele Fowler-Reid Southern Steel 60
  Carla Borrego Adelaide Thunderbirds 57
  Sharni Layton New South Wales Swifts 39
  Caitlin Bassett West Coast Fever 35
  Jodi Brown Central Pulse 35
  Laura Geitz Queensland Firebirds 33
  Karyn Bailey Melbourne Vixens 28
  Mwai Kumwenda Mainland Tactix 26

Sources:[81]

Media coverageEdit

All 72 games were broadcast live on Fox Sports (Australia). Their commentary team included Liz Ellis, Sharelle McMahon, Catherine Cox and Kelli Underwood. Sunday afternoon's Match Of The Round were also broadcast live on One.[82][83] Sky Sport (New Zealand) remained as the principal broadcast partner in New Zealand. Māori Television broadcast one full match replay on Te Reo while Prime TV showed highlights.[84]

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