This season’s Una Paisley looks set to be one of the closest battles in recent times with a number of players capable of taking out the award.
Prahran duo Kath Hempenstall and Emma Inglis have had outstanding seasons for the True Blues. Always consistent with the ball, Hempenstall stamped herself as one of the competitions best all-rounders this season with 262 runs at 37 whilst Inglis hit 363 at 60.
Melbourne’s Amy Vine led the competition with 386 runs whilst her teammate Hayley Jensen is sure to feature prominently in the vote count again with 239 runs and 13 wickets.
Essendon Maribyrnong Park’s Molly Strano should be a contender with 368 runs at 92, the highest aggregate in the competition. Teammate Chloe Rafferty could be a dark hose, the youngster finishing second on the wicket takers tally with 15.
A consistent finisher near the top of the leaderboard, Cassie’s Brock’s 15 wickets at 17 for Box Hill should also see her amongst the top vote getters once again whilst past winner Anna Lanning had another good season with the bat and should poll well.
With the revamped competition structure, which saw the One Day and T20 formats split into separate competitions, as well as the addition of two new teams into the Premier Firsts T20 competition, this season will see the following Player of the Season awards presented:
• Premier Firsts One Day Player of the Season – Una Paisley Medal
• Premier Reserves One Day Player of the Season
• Premier Seconds One Day Player of the Season – Sue Woolcock Award
• Premier Firsts T20 Player of the Season
• Premier Seconds T20 Player of the Season
Women's Premier Runscorers
Runs Ave Player Club
386 55.14 Vine, Amy J Melb
368 92.00 Strano, Molly EMP
363 60.50 Inglis, Emma Prah
262 37.43 Hempenstall, Kath Prah
258 86.00 Schilov, Natalie EMP
290 48.33 Lanning, Anna BH
239 79.67 Jensen, Hayley Melb
Women's Premier Wicket-takers
Wkts Ave Player Club
17 14.82 Hempenstall, Kath Prah
15 17.00 Rafferty, Chloe EMP
15 17.67 Brock, Cassandra BH
14 9.93 King, Alana Prah
13 6.92 Jensen, Hayley Melb
13 14.31 Strano, Molly EMP
Recent Paisley winners:
2005-06 Linda Machin (Haw-MU)
2006-07 Cathryn Fitzpatrick (Dandenong)
2007-08 Jane Franklin (Dandenong)
2008-09 Catherine Morrow (Brunswick Park)
2009-10 Sarah Elliott (Dandenong)
2010-11 Jessica Cameron (Plenty Valley)
2011-12 Jessica Cameron (Plenty Valley)
2012-13 Emma Inglis (Brunswick Park)
2013-14 Sarah Elliott (Dandenong)
2014-15 Anna Lanning (Box Hill)
2015-16 Jessica Cameron (Prahran)