Special honour for Swan

Rebecca Finn, top left, was Georgia Robinson’s first premiership coach in 2010. Robinson’s 13-and-under team that year included Maggie Eldridge and Dallas Williamson, who joined Robinson in this year’s A Grade flag.

Champion netballer Rebecca Finn coached Georgia Robinson to her first flag at Alvie when she was a 13-year-old in 2010.

Nine years later Robinson claimed the A Grade best-on-court medal named in Finn’s honour after the Swans’ drought-breaking premiership win against Otway Districts.

Finn, whose life was tragically cut short by cancer in 2014, is arguably the district’s greatest ever netballer.

She claimed an equal record five league medals and led Alvie to a whopping 10 A Grade flags, including the club’s most recent before the weekend’s triumph back in 2006.

Most of the Swans’ newest batch of A Grade premierships players were lucky enough to have Finn as a mentor or watched her lead the club to a special flag 13 years ago.

Robinson, who like Finn is a talented goaler, played under Finn alongside her new A Grade premiership teammates Maggie Eldridge and Dallas Williamson in the successful 2010 junior grand final outfit.

The now 22-year-old said Finn helped shape her as a netballer and becoming the first Swan to win a Rebecca Finn MVP in a decider, added meaning to her first top-grade premiership.

“I feel extremely honoured to win it,” Robinson said.

“I was lucky enough to have Bec coach me in under-13s, so it’s very special,” she said.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better person for it to be named after to be honest.

“She probably shaped the player that I am today with what she taught me and how to conduct myself, because she taught us a lot about the game.

“She was an absolute legend.”

Robinson was prolific in the Swans’ 48-29 win against Otway Districts in Saturday’s decider.

The athletic goal-attack stood up at crucial times, netting 18 goals, to help Alvie go through the 2019 season undefeated after its grand final win.

Robinson said reaching the top of the A Grade competition with a core group of netballers who have won multiple junior premierships was a rewarding feeling.

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