League medallist set to return for Otway

Reigning league best-and-fairest winner Emma Hillman is expected to play her first game of the season when Otway Districts take on Irrewarra-Beeac tomorrow.

Could Emma Hillman be the missing piece of the puzzle for Otway Districts netballers in their pursuit of an elusive flag in Colac district netball?

Demons coach Candi Robbins revealed the reigning league best-and-fairest was set to make a return to netball tomorrow in a major boost for the Demons.

Hillman has missed the opening 10 games of the season for third-placed Otway following the birth of her son Rex earlier this year.

But Robbins said the champion defender was likely to suit up against her junior club Irrewarra-Beeac tomorrow, with her comeback timely with fellow stopper Emma Craddock away on an overseas trip.

“We’ll have Emma Hillman put the dress on this weekend,” she said.

“Whether she plays or not is another thing, but she’s made herself available this weekend to start working her way back into the team.

“She’s been training the last few weeks, we haven’t put any pressure on her to come back and play, we’ve left it up to her for when she feels okay but we’re welcoming her back with open arms.”

Hillman, who won multiple A Grade flags with the Bombers, also forged a successful career with the Colac Tigers in the Geelong league before joining Otway last year to play at the same club as her partner Stewart Sutherland.

The Demons, who have never won a flag in the CDFNL, reached a preliminary final in Hillman’s first year and the star netballer shared the league best-and-fairest award with Simpson premiership captain Paige Salmon.

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