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12.06.2016, 08:56
Von Bertouch named Australia's best

Australia's senior centre court netballer Natalie von Bertouch rounded off a stellar year by winning the Liz Ellis Diamond at the Netball Australia awards on Saturday night.

The national Valentino Shoes UK (http://www.valentinoshoesstore.co.uk/) team vice-captain, von Bertouch was a key member of the Australian side which won a Commonwealth Games silver medal in Delhi last month.

The 28-year-old South Australian, who has won 59 Test caps, was www.valentinoshoesstore.co.uk (http://www.valentinoshoesstore.co.uk/) also a pivotal part of the first Adelaide side to win the Trans-Tasman Championship.

She captained the Thunderbirds to victory and her contribution to that ground-breaking triumph was recognised as she also won the Australian Trans-Tasman Championship Player of the Year award.

The Diamond combines votes for performances in both the national competition and international matches, and is named after former national team captain and Australia's most capped player of all time, Liz Ellis.

Von Bertouch received her prize of a $5,000 cheque in Melbourne and was handed a one carat diamond from last year's winner, defender Julie Corletto.

Her Thunderbirds team-mate and co-captain, Mo'onia Gerrard, took out the International Player of the Year for the second time.

Defender Gerrard has left the Thunderbirds to join the New South Wales Swifts for 2011.

The Thunderbirds' outstanding seasons were also recognised by the award of Coach of the Year to their mentor Jane Woodlands-Thompson.

Australian captain and Melbourne Vixens shooter Sharelle McMahon remained popular with the public, winning the Australia's Favourite Diamond award.

Five former Diamonds stars were among the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees.

The list included former captain Cathryn Harby-Williams and fellow defender Keeley Devery-Cox, wing defence Simone McKinnis, and centre court stalwarts Shelley O'Donnell and Carissa Tombs.

Other inductees included former umpires Maureen Boyle and Chris Burton, umpire and administrator Dorothy McHugh, player and coach Wilma Shakespear and umpire, coach and administrator Margaret Pewtress.