Yeo product on the rise

Yeo’s Eliza Cahill has enjoyed a whirlwind 2019 in netball. The 16-year-old has cemented her spot in the Colac Tigers’ A Grade side, last month earned a call-up to Victorian Netball League outfit Geelong Cougars and on Tuesday night shared Cougars feeder team Geelong Flyers’ top-grade best-and-fairest award.

Yeo’s Eliza Cahill admits she pinches herself when reflecting on her netball journey so far in 2019.

The 16-year-old this week shared the Ros Livingston Medal with Georgie Cullen as the Geelong Flyers’ top-grade team’s best-and-fairest winner.

Cahill’s form for the Flyers, a Geelong Cougars’ development team, also led to a Victorian Netball League debut with the Cougars’ 19-and-under side, while the powerful young utility has cemented her spot in the Colac Tigers’ A Grade team this year.

Cahill said she was surprised when Geelong state league coach Mel Savage contacted her to join the Cougars’ 19-and-under squad, resulting in a call-up to play in VNL last month.

“A couple of weeks ago the Cougars’ under-19 coach messaged me and asked me to come to training,” she said.

“I’ve played two games with them and I’m playing again this Sunday, so everything’s just sort of happened over the past three weeks.

“It’s another level again, just a lot more physical and hard-hitting, but I felt like I held my own.”

Cahill, who won a best-and-fairest award in her first year at the Flyers last year, said stepping up a grade for the team in a Melbourne-based weekly competition in 2019 had helped take her netball to another level and create opportunities like a state league debut.

The Flyers reached a grand final last month, with Alvie’s Lily Eldridge and Cahill’s 17-and-under Tigers teammates Annalie Lawrence and Zara Walters all part of the top-grade squad.

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