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ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP NETBALL

The ANZ Championship, also known as the Trans-Tasman Netball League, is a professional netball competition in Australia and New Zealand. Consisting of ten teams, five from Australia and five from New Zealand, it was founded in 2007. The inaugural season commenced in 2008. After 14 weeks of round-robin style matches and three weeks of finals, the Premiers are decided and one team walks away with the ANZ Championship. The inaugural competition was won by the New South Wales Swifts, who defeated the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 65 & 56.

Since its inception, the ANZ Championship has been dominated by Australian teams, with the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Melbourne Vixens enjoying two titles each. It wasn't until 2012 that a New Zealand team finally took home the silverware, with the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic defeating the Melbourne Vixens 41 & 38.


PREVIOUS ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS


YEAR WINNER RUNNERS UP SCORE
2015 QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS NEW SOUTH WALES SWIFTS 57-56
2014 MELBOURNE VIXENS QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS 53-42
2013 ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS 50-48
2012 WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY MAGIC MELBOURNE VIXENS 41-38
2011 QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS NORTHERN MYSTICS 87-44
2010 ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY MAGIC 52-42
2009 MELBOURNE VIXENS ADELAIDE THUNDERBIRDS 54-46
2008 NEW SOUTH WALES SWIFTS WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY MAGIC 65-56



Like every professional sport, the ANZ Championship hands out an award for the best player during the regular season. As it is in the NBA and NBL, this award it titled the MVP (Most Valuable Player). Only one person has won the award on multiple occasions, with Jamaican Romelda Aiken presented the prestigious trophy in 2008 and 2009 for her efforts with the Queensland Firebirds.


YEAR WINNER TEAM POSITION
2015 ROMELDA AIKEN QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS GOAL SCORER
2015 JHANIELE FOWLER SOUTHERN STEEL GOAL SCORER
2014 JO HARTEN WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY MAGIC GOAL SCORER
2014 KIMBERLEE GREEN NEW SOUTH WALES SWIFTS CENTRE
2013 JHANIELE FOWLER SOUTHERN STEEL GOAL KEEPER
2012 LAURA LANGMAN WAIKATO BAY OF PLENTY WING DEFENCE
2012 TEMEPARA BAILEY NORTHERN MYSTICS CENTRE
2011 NATALIE MEDHURST QUEENSLAND FIREBIRDS GOAL ATTACK
2011 LEANA DE BRUIN SOUTHERN STEEL GOAL DEFENCE