In her first season of professional ball in England’s Vitality Netball Super League (NSL) Samantha Wallace has been a phenomenon.
The Trinidadian goalshooter has left her mark this season placing second in the league in shooting percentage, finding the bottom of the net on over 89% of her attempts. She also ranks in the top three in the league in shots made and shots attempted.
Those remarkeable numbers propelled her to the 2016 Sky Sports Vitality Netball Super League Player of the Season award in a tight battle with Loughborough Lightning’s and England captain Ama Agbeze, Manchester Thunder and England vice-captain Sara Bayman, Surrey Storm’s Sophie Candappa and Team Bath’s South African star Karla Mostert.
The 6 foot 4 inches Toco-born player led her team to an impressive 10-4 record regular season record before they suffered a nail-biting 53-51 semifinal loss to defending champions Surrey Storm in the semifinal
Samantha Wallace’s NSL debut season and 2015 Netball World Cup statistics and league rankings – SBTN
After a standout performance at the 14th Netball World Cup in Sydney Australia in 2015 that saw her net 280 of her 324 attempts for the ‘Calypso Girls’ of Trinidad & Tobago in eight games (both numbers good for third in the tournament), Wallace was snapped up by the management of the Mavericks for the 2016 season.
The former University of T&T standout, who is also a national basketballer, has clearly taken to the league like a duck to water. She got off to a very quick start having impressed with a 42-goal haul on her debut in the preseason.
So impressive was Wallace that Mavericks fans applauded her for her excellent handling and movement around the circle despite not being accustomed to the fast-paced style of play in the league.
The NSL is the elite netball competition in England and Wales. The league, which runs from January to May, is regularly shown on TV through the sports broadcaster Sky Sports, thanks to a major television deal signed in 2006