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Before the Sureway Wollongong Roller Hawks won their third consecutive national championship, they cleaned up at the annual awards night held by Basketball Australia for NWBL and WNWBL.


Three Most Valuable Player categories are awarded in the NWBL based on players’ classification; low-pointer, mid-pointer and high-pointer.


Luke Pople won Mid Point MVP averaging  15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game and shot at 57.3% for the season. 


Brett Stibners won High Point MVP averaging 23.9 points, 9.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game and shot at 54.6% for the season.


Pople and Stibners’ MVP awards automatically placed them in the NWBL All-Star 5 alongside Low Point MVP Matthew McShane from the Queensland Spinning Bullets.

Award Winner Luke

Award Winner Stick

Award Winner Nick

Nick Scott was runner up to McShane in Low Point voting and named as the fourth member of the All-Star 5 capping off a brilliant season for the Roller Hawks.

Rounding out the five was Australian and Perth captain Shaun Norris. 


The accolades didn’t stop there for the Roller Hawks with Brendan Dowler named NWBL Coach of the Year after steering Wollongong to a 17-1 record.


“I’m really lucky, I’ve got such a great team and you can see that with three players in the All-Star team plus a whole bunch of other great players who play a role. They don’t all get big minutes but everyone has a role to play in our team so I’m really fortunate to have that and I can’t really coach at all!”

Award Winner Brendo

Kilsyth’s Tristan Knowles took out top point scorer averaging 27.8 points per game at a clip of 52.5%.


In the women’s league, Hannah Dodd was awarded 1.0 MVP for her season with the Sydney University Flames averaging 11.3 points, 3.7rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Award Winner Hannah