New Tiger shines next to star stoppers

Rhiannon Whitson says she has exceeded expectations by featuring in the A Grade ranks after joining the Colac Tigers this year.

Netball recruit Rhiannon Whitson didn’t need to look far for advice from accomplished defenders when she arrived at the Colac Tigers this year.

And it could explain why the young stopper has exceeded her expectations in the Geelong league.

Whitson has featured in every game in the top grade after crossing to the Tigers with her twin sister Bianca, who has bolstered the club’s lower-grade ranks.

The 22-year-old has already enjoyed a promising start to her career, netting three premierships with Colac Imperials in the CDFNL, before a stint in the Ballarat league with East Point.

“I certainly didn’t expect to be playing A Grade,” Whitson said.

“I came over and was happy to get a game anywhere, because even when I was down in Ballarat I was playing B Grade and it was a challenge there.

“But each week I’ve been challenging myself with my fitness and stuff like that.

“Stepping up to A Grade is a bit of a big achievement for me.”

The Tigers boast Australian Netball League defender Brooke Allan, who missed the first half of the season because of duties with the Victorian Fury, while the club’s co-coaches Sara Hay and Hope Carmody excelled in defensive roles.

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