Star Western Eagles recruit Prue Stewart has been quick to have an impact at her new club following two-and-a-half years out of netball.
Stewart, 18, has led the Eagles to three straight wins to kick off the 2019 season, ranking among the best players in all three.
Her early-season form is made all the more impressive given Stewart has only returned to the sport over summer for the first time since 2016.
Stewart was playing with Ballarat league club North Ballarat when she ruptured the ACL in her left knee midway through the 2016 season.
“I played junior netball with the Colac Tigers until the under-15s and then I moved to boarding school in Ballarat where I started playing with North Ballarat,” she said.
“I played the 2015 season there, and midway through the 2016 season I did my ACL and then I took a bit of time off after that.”
A chance call from Western Eagles netball official Raelene O’Donoghue linked Stewart to the Eagles over summer, after she graduated from Ballarat Grammar.
She is currently working in Colac during her gap year before she begins studying occupational therapy at ACU in Melbourne in 2020.
“Raelene works with my dad and asked if I wanted to play summer netball with the Eagles girls and it’s just kind of gone from there,” Stewart said.
“My little sister Ruby actually played there last season, and I knew the Montano girls from school but it’s all been pretty new to me,” she said.
“But it’s been so good to get back into it, I’ve loved playing locally again against people I know.
“And the team seems to have gelled together pretty quickly.”
See today’s Colac Herald for more.