Season 2013 came to a disappointing end for the Melbourne Vixens after losing last weekâ€™s preliminary final.
For the Vixens, some consolation can be drawn from midcourt dynamo Madison Brown and dynamic defender Geva Mentor being named in the ANZ Championship All Star Team.
â€œI guess itâ€™s a nice personal little bonus but as I said to someone else yesterday I would have preferred five extra goals on the weekend and be preparing for a Grand Final, because thatâ€™s what we play for,â€ Browne told Netball Scoop.
â€œIt was my first finals series last year and not getting the premiership last year, (we were) hoping to go one better (this year) but it just wasnâ€™t meant to be.
â€œItâ€™s (All Star selection) a positive little recognition.â€
Mentorâ€™s combination with captain Bianca Chatfield in defence was as strong as ever, as the duoâ€™s performance across this season further enforced their reputation as one of netballâ€™s best defensive combinations.
Despite giving away height, Mentorâ€™s ability to take high balls when matching up on the tall shooters has been one major feature of the English internationalâ€™s game this year.
â€œGevaâ€™s been I think growing every year, last year she has an extraordinary year for Vixens and she comes up against some of the best shooters in the world,â€ said Browne.
â€œSheâ€™s obviously always got a tough job at hand and with B out the front, they combine really well together.
â€œBefore she started playing netball, she was doing trampolining (and) she credits (her elevation) to that.â€
Browne has tipped the Adelaide Thunderbirds to take out this yearâ€™s premiership, having played with several of their players.
She played with defenders Rebecca Bulley for Melbourne Kestrels and Renae Hallinan at Vixens before the WD moved to Adelaide.
â€œI think Thunderbirds will take it out, I obviously have a fewer close friends in Adelaide so thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ll be cheering for them.
â€œI just think that theyâ€™ve got that fight and really, really want it (premiership) and theyâ€™ll do absolutely everything to get it.â€