Flying start for netballer

STELLAR EFFORT: Colac netballer Eliza Cahill, 15, took out the Geelong Flyers’ top-grade club best-and-fairest award despite playing in an open-age competition. The accolade is just the latest in a stellar 12 months for the emerging netball star, who crossed to the Tigers from Colac Imperials.

Emerging Colac netballer Eliza Cahill has capped off a stellar 12 months in the sport by taking home the Geelong Flyers’ best-and-fairest award.

Cahill, 15, won the Geelong Flyers’ open division two best-and-fairest award ahead of goaler Tess Campigli despite being the team’s second-youngest member.

“Our whole team was under 18, but we were playing against people 20-plus, it was pretty crazy,” she said.

Cahill said she was “completely shocked” with the win, which is just the latest accolade in her blossom-ing netball career.

The talented youngster has added senior netball experience in both the Colac district league and GFL, a season with the Flyers’ top-grade side, and mentoring from decorated Australian netballers Kim Green and Sarah Wall to her netball resume in the past 12 months.

“I was not expecting it at all, I was in full shock, Mum and Dad were like ‘that is a really good effort’ it was so crazy,” she said of her best-and-fairest win.

“Sarah has been great, I messaged her to tell her about the win; she’s always got something to say.

“I went down and did my work experience down at NetFit with her and she was telling me about all the pathways, what I can do and how I can get there and everything and it was so good.”

Cahill said she had enjoyed transitioning to playing GFL netball with the Colac Tigers this season, where she has featured in the club’s under-17, B Grade and A Grade ranks.

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