The WNBL Media Awards highlight the exceptional reporting from around the country on the league all through the season.
See below for the full list of winners. The WNBL would like to thank the support it has received from all media this year and to those who entered the awards.
BEST NEWSPAPER FEATURE
Chris Dutton, The Canberra Times- “Canberra Capitals guard Abigail Wehrung uses lucky No.13 to honour her dad”
Dutton penned this touching piece on third-year player Abbey Wehrung and the reason she wears number 13 in honour of her father who passed away when she was just nine years old. Still on her mind before she hits the court every game, Wehrung also explained it is a constant reminder of why she started playing basketball.
Read the story here.
BEST RADIO COVERAGE
Fresh FM, Bendigo &
Fresh FM continues to provide outstanding coverage in regional Victoria, calling every Bendigo home game and conducting interviews with players and coaches. Their coverage reaches the Bendigo local area via radio as well as the rest of the country and the world via the internet. Listen here.
Basket Case is a dedicated weekly show every Thursday night all about the WNBL hosted by Carol Wical with expert comments from Helen Theoharakis. In its third season, the show brought on Head of WNBL Sally Phillips very early in her role and maintained the impressive list of guests with Alex Wilson, Kerryn Harrington and Sami Whitcomb as well as coaches Claudia Brassard and Simon Pritchard joining them throughout the season. Find the list of episodes here.
BEST NEWSPAPER COVERAGE
Providing season long coverage of the Fire and the WNBL overall, the Townsville Bulletin regularly showcased the league on its back page while delivering live updates during matches and post-game recaps on their social media channels. A four-page lift-out was featured ahead of every Townsville home game with the ‘Fired Up’ guide including all the latest information on the upcoming game. Player columns from Suzy Batkovic and Natasha Cloud also gave readers a rare insight into the team.
Michelle’s exceptional work in documenting the WNBL continued in 2016/17 as she captured a number of impressive shots including this one between seventh year player Aimie Clydesdale of the Jayco Dandenong Rangers and WNBL debutant Deakin Melbourne Boomers’ Monique Conti fighting for a loose-ball.
WNBL BASKETBALL WRITER OF THE YEAR
Writing for Leader Newspapers in Melbourne, Hustwaite once again provided extensive coverage across the 2016/17 season with specific focus on Dandenong and Melbourne while maintaining a positive presence on social media with coverage of the entire league.
An exceptional piece on the links between three working and coaching mums in Larissa Anderson, Cheryl Chambers and Claudia Brassard (here) was followed recently by this piece on Chambers having to temporarily leave her family to coach the Flames this season. Hustwaite also documented the rise of Monique Conti here, the career of WNBL legend Carly Wilson here and the history of the Rangers on their 25th anniversary here in just a few examples of the outstanding coverage she has provided throughout the season.