Hunter Hurricanes duo Keenan Marsden and Julia Barton have claimed the club's most valuable player awards for the Australian Water Polo League season.
Marsden and Barton, who picked up the top prize for the men's and women's squads respectively, were recently announced as the recipients for 2019-20.
It comes four months after the national campaign was cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis. The Hurricanes have been unable to hold their presentation because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Marsden netted a team-high 31 goals from his 12 appearances, making the score sheet at least once in every game. His best individual haul of the season was five goals against the Jets in Adelaide on March 14, which turned out the be the last weekend of competition.
Barton bagged 19 goals from nine outings, only missing the score sheet once. She twice produced a combined seven goals in double headers, firstly against the UWA Torpedoes at home in February and followed by the Adelaide Jets away in March.
The Hurricanes' coaches awards went to Lachlan Walters (men) and Emily Grellman (women). Emma Preece was recognied as the women's most improved.
With six regular-round matches remaining, Hunter were seventh (4-8) and last (0-12) on their respective men's and women's ladders.
Meanwhile, Australian head coaches Elvis Fatovic (men) and Predrag Mihailovic (women) have extended their contracts until next year's Olympic in Tokyo after the Games were postponed 12 months because of the global health pandemic.
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