Our popular end of season feature is back as we ask play-callers around the WBBL to give us their ‘High Five’ of the year.
They may be the best players, they may be unsung heroes, rising stars or just people who deserve a mention.
First up for 2015-16 is Barking Abbey Crusaders’ head coach Mark Clark:
Steph Gandy (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
In a season that has seen Sheffield lose their league title, the response from the veteran [who spent a chunk of the campaign sidelined with injury] has been an example to all players. Her leadership and her desire to take Sheffield to the WBBL Play-Off Final at The o2 will make them a formidable contender for the season’s last and arguably most prestigious piece of silverware.
Naomi Campbell (Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters)
She is the best example of how a club at the top of the game needs great players with a professional outlook who want to play and do everything for their club. In European terms, she is a local – someone that every top club has in their ranks. She does all the blue collar things that teams need and she is glue player that binds the team together.
Fiona O’Dwyer (Team Northumbria)
With her efficiency and quality, she’s a great forward who I feel does not get the profile she probably deserves. O’Dwyer is a major reason for Team Northumbria being in the position they are. Sometimes she probably doesn’t not see the ball enough, but she is always a real focus of our preparation whenever we are playing Northumbria!
Ashley Harris (Nottingham Wildcats)
When Nottingham have been challenged, Harris has always stepped up. She also appears to be having a big influence on Jess Hurd and Hannah Shaw too. Building teams from the inside out has always been a theme of mine and she is a solid foundation for anytime.
Diana Naydenova-Goryanova (Barking Abbey Crusaders)
At any age, Diana is a quality guard. At the end of a great career across Europe, she is what any role model should be. Her love of the game in infectious and what Diana believes is normal is where the WBBL needs to aspire to in terms of performance, behaviours and commitment.
You can follow Coach Clark @clarkabbey