Each week a player from the SFNL Netball competition is awarded the Westfield Fountain Gate Netballer of the Day based on her outstanding match day performance. Each weekly winner also goes in the running to win the prestigious Laser Clinics Australia Gate Netballer of the Year, which will be announced at the SFNL Awards Dinner on Friday 6th October.
TASH PETROFF (St Kilda City)
In a tight, cagey match where there were few easy possessions offered to players of either side, it was the St Kilda City defence that was the decisive factor in their victory over St Pauls. To that end, goal defence Tash Petroff was a key figure. Against a side that works best when it gets the ball to its dangerous shooters quickly, Tash took down intercept after intercept and was highly valued by coach and team-mates alike.
TARA BICKHAM (Keysborough)
Keysborough v St Pauls was a match in which the winner was the side that capitalised best on the turnovers that their mid-court players helped create. In a match that was in doubt right to the final siren it was the Keysborough shooters that held their nerve the better. Tara Bickham, their goal shooter, was responsible for numerous clutch goals, especially in the crucial final quarter, and was instrumental in their first victory of the season.
ERIN NAISMITH (Heatherton White)
No matter how skilful a side is with ball in hand, they need dogged and determined defenders to make the most of their attacking prowess. Heatherton White played St Pauls in a replay of the 2016 Division 2 Grand Final, with Heatherton knowing they needed to quell the brilliance of the St Pauls shooters if they were to win once more. Erin Naismith was clearly the best player on the court, not only stopping her opponent, but also being clinical in starting many a Heatherton attack.