Still no call on Ardossi
Brigitte Ardossi trips the Fire's Rachael Flanagan. Photo: Rohan Thomson
The Canberra Capitals are yet to decide whether Brigitte Ardossi will be eligible to win their most valuable player award, and will make a call on the issue just hours before the club's end-of-season presentations on Friday night.
Canberra suspended the power forward for the last three games of its season after she received an unsportsmanlike foul for deliberately tripping Townsville's Rachael Flanagan.
Basketball ACT chief executive Tony Jackson confirmed on Thursday night they are yet to make a decision, and he will meet with Capitals coach Carrie Graf on Friday morning to discuss the issue.
Ardossi was clearly Canberra's best player during the 2012-13 season, and would be a near certainty to claim the club's highest individual honour.
The Capitals presentation evening will be held at Woden Tradies on Friday night, and the trophy is yet to be engraved with the winner.
''We haven't decided that entirely yet, Graffy and I will catch up tomorrow and see where she's at, what her thinking is,'' Jackson said.
''It's new territory for the Caps, we don't have an organisation-wide policy on it.
''[We will discuss] what exactly it [the award] stands for, what it means, what's fair and equitable for the team, and what's appropriate in recognising people's performances and achievements.''
Graf and Jackson have contacted other sporting organisations to assess what action they would take in the same situation.
The AFL's Brownlow Medal is awarded to the league's best and fairest player, but players who are suspended are ineligible to win.
Canberra took internal action against Ardossi before the WNBL suspended her for two matches.
''It's a bit hard to relate it to the Brownlow [Medal], because it's a competition-wide award,'' Jackson said.
''The Brownlow's about awarding someone that upholds the characteristics of Chas Brownlow, who he is and what he believes in.
''Graffy and I rang a few people and spoke to BA [Basketball Australia], we looked at a few other organisations and sought some advice on what other people do.''