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Geva Mentor of the Vitality Roses and Collingwood Magpies.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Geva Mentor of the Magpies attempts to block the shot from Tippah Dwan of the Firebirds during the round 14 Super Netball match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Queensland Firebirds at Nissan Arena on September 26, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Vitality Rose Geva Mentor has been included in the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) 2020 Team of the Year.

Mentor claimed the goal keeper position after a fine individual season for Collingwood Magpies in Australia’s premier netball division.

The 36-year-old started all 14 regular season games for the Victoria-based outfit and ended the 2020 campaign with the league’s most deflections (108) despite Magpies’ bottom-place finish.

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Mentor also led the way in total minutes played with 837. She had the third most defensive rebounds with 25, third most gains with 70 and only four more players could muster up more than her 27 intercepts.

Mentor has been including in the VII for the first time since joining Magpies two years ago. She last made the team in 2018 when she represented Sunshine Coast Lightning. In 2017, she won the prestigious SSN Player of the Year Award.

She joins the likes of Karla Pretorius, Gabi Simpson, Kate Moloney, Liz Watson, Kiera Austin and Jhaniele Fowler in the Team of the Year. Fowler, meanwhile, won the 2020 SSN Player of the Year Award.

It has been a rewarding year for the defender on an individual level having also picked up Magpies’ Players’ Player of the Season Award for the second consecutive year, which honours not only distinguished performance but empathy and care for team-mates and a commitment to team.

This year, the co-captain guided a younger, inexperienced squad and displayed impeccable leadership, patience, and support on and off the court.

She was also awarded the team’s Fairest and Best Award for a second consecutive season making her Magpies’ first back-to-back winner.

Mentor, also a Vitality Netball Superleague champion, continues to find sustained success at club and international level.

Everyone at England Netball would like to congratulate Geva for all of her individual honours this year.

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