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WEABL 2016-17 Individual Award Winners Revealed

The WEABL is pleased to announce the individual awards for the 2016-17 regular season, as voted for by coaches around the league.

With the expansion of the league resulting in the creation of two conferences, the awards reflect that change with winners split into North & South.

Charnwood’s Harriet Swindells has been named the 2016-17 North Conference Player of the Year after helping lead her side to nine wins from 10 in the regular season. Swindells averaged 17.3 points per game (fifth) along with 4.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and a league-leading 3.4 steals per game. She ranked third in the league’s efficiency charts, and was third in the league in three point shooting percentage.

Swindells also picked up the Player of the Week award after knocking down thirteen threes for 45 points in a dominant win over Loreto in Week 15.

“I’m honoured to receive the award of Player of the Year especially as it is my final year at Charnwood and in this league,” Swindells said.

“I have worked extremely hard over the past 2 years with help from my teammates and Coach Krumesh Patel which has ultimately helped me achieve everything I have over my time here.”

In the South, the Player of the Year honour goes to Toyosi Abiola, with the City of London Academy star a winner of the Player of the Week award on three occasions during the regular season.

Abiola led the entire league in scoring with 19.8 points per game, and added 3.4 rebounds, an assist and 2.9 steals (eighth) per game. Her 43.5% accuracy from beyond the arc topped the three point percentage charts, she was seventh in efficiency, and second in free throw percentage (71.4%) and true shooting percentage (58.8%).

“I feel honoured to be recognised for this award and I believe that it’s testament to the hard work that my team and I have put in this season,” Abiola said.

“For that I would like to say thank you to my coaches and teammates for supporting me all season and putting me in the best position to be successful. I would also like to thank the City of London Academy for supporting all our student athletes on and off the court to allow us to perform at our best come game time.

“Mr Bannister (Principal), Mr Huntley (Head of School) and Ms Blessing (6th Form Director) are all so supportive in allowing basketball to thrive at CoLA and I know with their continued support and the basketball staff the place will continue to grow and grow.”

Charnwood’s Krumesh Patel scoops the Coach of the Year award from the North, as his side led the league in every single team category but one. Charnwood had the best offensive and defensive rating in the league, and their 8-1 record saw them seal the number 1 seed heading into the playoffs.

“I really appreciate being awarded the Coach of the Year,” Patel commented. “It’s great to see the league expand in its second year and hopefully it continue to grow in the right direction.

“I really would like to thank the girls, they’ve done all the hard work and been a pleasure to coach this year. It’s because of them I have received this and would like to give them all the credit for the award and also for sticking by me.

“There are some really good coaches in the WEABL so proud to have achieved this and I hope to continue to improve and get better.”

Meanwhile, Jackson Gibbons of City of London Academy is named Coach of the Year in the South, having also claimed the accolade in the 2015-16 season.

CoLA finished 9-1 for the top seed in the South, and had the second best offensive and defensive rating in the league.

“I’d like to thank the WEABL for this award, what a great league it is and I thoroughly enjoy coaching in it,” Gibbons said.

“I am pleased to be in a great situation at CoLA, with such supportive staff and our girls are genuinely amazing, they make my job so very worthwhile.

“The league has so many great coaches in it I think any one of them could have had this honour and so I take it as even more of a compliment to have won for a second year. Also, I have to shout out my coaching brain trust in Jay Williams, Steve Vear and Marvin Addy, and all the solid work Sterling does at CoLA that allows us to be successful.”

Milly Knowles picks up the North Conference Defensive Player of the Year with her efforts at that end of the floor recognised by opposing coaches. Knowles finished fifth in rebounding at 10.1 per game, third in steals at 3.3 and seventh in blocked shots at 0.9 per outing. She added 17.4 points to finish fourth, and was second overall in efficiency.

“I am honoured to accept this award in my first year of playing in the WEABL,” Knowles enthused.

“I have been working hard to improve all aspects of my game and I feel humbled that the coaches in the league have recognised my hard work defensively. I pride myself on bringing energy, hustle and determination to the court, and I feel this is contagious throughout my team which has helped us get some big wins this year.

“I have enjoyed every minute of the WEABL season this year, and I am excited to see what the future has to offer.”

Finally, Barking Abbey’s Charlotte Ellmore picks up the South Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Ellmore swiped 2 steals per game, and spearheaded Barking Abbey’s defence, not to mention her 10.2 points and 4 assists per outing.

“I’m so pleased to have been given this award but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the team around me and their encouragement to keep going,” Ellmore said.

2016-17 WEABL Award Winners

North Conference

Player of the Year: Harriet Swindells (Charnwood College)
Coach of the Year: Krumesh Patel (Charnwood College)
Defensive Player of the Year: Milly Knowles (Myerscough College)

South Conference

Player of the Year: Toyosi Abiola (City of London Academy)
Coach of the Year: Jackson Gibbons (City of London Academy)
Defensive Player of the Year: Charlotte Ellmore (Barking Abbey)

You can find the All-WEABL First Teams here.

Please note: All awards were based on regular season only.