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2017-18 WEABL Individual Award Winners Revealed

The WEABL is pleased to announce the individual awards for the 2017-18 regular season, as voted for by coaches around the league.

Barking Abbey’s Charlotte Ellmore has been named as the 2017-18 Player of the Year after leading her side to top spot during the regular season. The GB Under-18 international averaged a team-high 18 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals as BA return to the Championship final.

Ellmore also earned the Player of the Week award in February after a 24-point haul helped BA to victory over Loreto as they went through the Final Round with a 6-1 record.

“I would mainly want to thank my team and group of coaches that work and push me on a daily basis,” she declared 

“This year has been a struggle for the team but we have shown great perseverance to stick together and help each other get back to the final.

“I’m am so grateful to achieve this award but I would have to celebrate it with my team as I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

It’s an awards double for BA with Head Coach Karen Burton recognised by her fellow play-callers in claiming the Coach of the Year award for the first time.

Barking Abbey secured six wins in the league play to top the table and head into the playoffs as the number 1 seed as they aim for a second WEABL title following on from their success in 2016.

The team had the best offensive rating (97.3) and were the league’s second leading scorers with 77.4 points per game with the second best defensive rating (63.2).

Burton said: “Thank you to anyone that voted for me for this award – it means a lot to get it this year in more ways than you can imagine.

“I enjoy the WEABL because you get a chance for the players that we work with to shine amongst their peers so thank you to my team for bouncing back after the loss last year to a talented CoLA team.”

Meanwhile, Charnwood’s Ebony Horton picks up the 2017-18 Defensive Player of the Year award after being recognised for her efforts on that side of the floor.

Horton was an offensive threat for her side too with 15 points per game along with 5.8 rebounds in earning All-WEABL Second Team honours but it was her defence that stood out on a Charnwood team that led the league with their defensive rating of 59.5.

“I am very grateful to receive this award,” said Horton. “I take great pride in my defence and it is something that I have developed during my time here at Charnwood.

“Coach Krumesh Patel has always believed in me, regardless of whoever I was guarding and has gave me many tips on how to be a smart defender. He has invested many hours in my defence and taught me when and how to pick my moments on defence.

“Having the opportunity to make it hard for someone to score and stopping them from scoring is one of my favourite elements of playing the game.

“If it wasn’t for Coach Patel, my team-mates and playing in the competitive environment at Charnwood over the past two years, this would not have not been possible, so a big thank you goes to them.”

2017-18 WEABL Award Winners

Player of the Year: Charlotte Ellmore (Barking Abbey)
Coach of the Year: Karen Burton (Barking Abbey)
Defensive Player of the Year: Ebony Horton (Charnwood College)

For previous winners of the WEABL awards, click HERE