19 Jun 2014

Kopua only Kiwi in ANZ All Star team

1:38 pm on 19 June 2014

The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netball captain Casey Kopua is the only New Zealander named in the 2014 ANZ Championship All-Star team, while her coach at the Magic, Julie Fitzgerald, is honoured as the All Stars' coach.

It's the third consecutive year Kopua's been named goal defence in the All Star team, which is into its fourth year and is voted entirely by fans.

Five of the seven selected players retain their positions in this year's All-Star team with New South Wales Swifts captain Kimberlee Green and team-mate Susan Pratley the new inclusions at centre and goal attack, respectively.

Pratley and Green's selections make them the first Swifts players to be honoured in an All-Star team since the award's inception in 2011.

The Southern Steel's import Jhaniele Fowler-Reid is the goal shoot, the Jamaican star finishing the regular season ranked second in the league for both goals and rebounds, converting at 93 percent accuracy.

The Melbourne Vixens' Madi Robinson earns the wing attack bib for a third consecutive season.

The Adelaide Thunderbirds' Renae Hallinan is again named at wing defence and the Vixens' English international Geva Mentor is named the All Star goal keeper for a third straight season.