Angela Beadle has earned the SEABL’s most prestigious award following a spectacular debut season.
Beadle was named the SEABL’s Most Valuable Player for 2017 on Sunday at the league’s annual awards event, marking the third consecutive year that a Lady Cobra has won the coveted award.
A rare combination of brut force and finesse down low, Beadle finished second in the league in scoring (21.6ppg), first in free throw percentage (85.8%), eighth in field goal percentage (51.1%), tenth in rebounding (9.4rpg), and first in total offensive rebounds (81), while recording 11 double-doubles over the final 16 games of the season.
Lady Cobras Head Coach Sam Woosnam was thrilled with her centre’s accolade, with Beadle leading Kilsyth to the league’s best regular season record at 18-4.
“It was a wonderful achievement for Angela; she’s been rewarded for the hard work she has put in and her performances week in week out,” Woosnam said.
“She has improved so much since she joined us and I’m very pleased for her to take home the MVP.”
Beadle keeps the league MVP award in-house for the third straight season, with Steph Blicavs (nee Cumming) winning the award in 2015 and 2016.
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“We have given Chantella some big defensive assignments this year – which is something different for her – but she has done a fantastic job with whatever we have thrown at her,” Woosnam said.
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