Charlotte Kennedy and Ryan Blanchett take out top end of seasons awards as Buccs dominate men’s awards

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Charlotte Kennedy, accepting her MVP award from Bucc Matt Berkec, was named MVP in the final and for the season
Camera IconCharlotte Kennedy, accepting her MVP award from Bucc Matt Berkec, was named MVP in the final and for the season Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Stateside and Pumas both found glory in the Geraldton Amateur Basketball Association finals last Friday night but even for those not on the winning side, there were still individual accolades to be had.

Stateside were dominant in their win over Olympians with Charlotte Kennedy named MVP on the night with 18 points as she was also named the women’s player of the year.

It also unsurprisingly earned her a nomination in the all-star squad at point guard as she finished with the most points of the season with 269 points at an average of just below 18 points a game.

Her fellow teammate Abbie McDonald, who finished with the second most points per season, was named as MVP runner-up and also nominated at power forward in the all-star squad while Stateside player-coach Amy Williamson was named all-star coach.

Olympians Gemma Dix and Prudence Harrison were named as small forward and centre respectively while Chapman Valley’s Natalie Caruana was named as off-guard.

Pumas Sienna Forsyth was named as the women’s rising star.

Pumas Harry Evans, who was grand final MVP with 22 points, was named at point guard in the men’s all-star squad with teammate Liam Hunt named at the centre and coach Ray Evans was given the all-star reigns.

Hawks’ Flethcer Klasztorny finished with the most points for the season with 356 at an average of 22.25, was named at small forward.

Ryan Blanchett, who was named men’s player of the year, was selected at power forward as Olympian Johny Narkle was placed at off-guard to complete an all-Buccaneer all-star squad.

Narkle was also runner-up to Blanchett for the player of the year award and was awarded the best defensive player of the year.

Llewyn Valli from Chapman Valli was given rising star honours — the only non-Buccaneer to win a men’s player award.

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