A Sunbury Jets young gun was among the big winners at the Big V awards.
Having already starred in her’s side youth league women’s division 2 championship win, Chloe Angove was rewarded for her season with two individual awards and being named in the All-Star Five team for her division at the awards night late last month.
Angove claimed the top award, the most valuable player, and shared the rising star award with Southern Peninsula’s Shanara Notman for the YLW2 division.
Angove averaged 15.64 points and nearly nine rebounds a game this year, along with leading the division in steals. Her field goal percentage for the year was just over 48 per cent.
She also claimed the grand final MVP award, averaging 17 points across those two games.
Angove said she was shocked by the recognition her season has received.
“It’s a pretty good feeling and I’m pretty happy to get the awards,” she said.
“When I was called up I thought all the work throughout the year had paid off.”
It’s the second straight year the 19-year-old has been named in the All-Star Five team.
Angove said a team focus on improving their game and wanting to claim the championship had helped her own game go to the next level. Last season the Jets were knocked out in the semi finals.
“The girls wanted to win and it was bums up and heads down,” she said.
“The efforts were heaps higher and the intensity was raised. We definitely wanted to go further this year.”
The efforts paid off with the Jets claiming the championship with a 2-0 win against Blackburn Vikings in the grand final series.
Angove said it had been an exciting time for the side.
Besides a small break from the sport a few years ago, Angove said basketball has always been her go-to sport. She said she hoped to continue with the sport and see where it took her.
Next season she’s hoping to be challenged with the Jets set to be promoted to youth league women division 1.
“I’ve been playing for as long as I can remember,” she said. “Once I started it again [after the break], I knew it was the sport I loved.
“I would love to keep going and if the opportunities came up and I’d definitely take them. To get as high as I can, that’s the plan for the future.”
Jets’ youth league women’s coach Andrew Seidel was also recognised at the Big V awards night. Seidel was named joint coach of the year along with Casey’s Brad Roff for the YLW2 division.