Geelong Cougars head coach Gerard Murphy says he expects Alvie premiership star Lily Eldridge to play an important role with the Victorian Netball League club in 2020.
The 18-year-old earned her first spot on a Cougars’ list ahead next year’s state league campaign.
Eldridge will join Colac Tigers netballers Eliza Cahill and Zara Walters in the 19-and-under squad after the pair impressed Geelong officials when they were called into its squad midway through this year.
Championship-winning coach Murphy said Eldridge caught the eye of selectors during her time with Cougars feeder team Geelong Flyers.
The utility helped the Swans to a Colac district A Grade flag as a goalshooter, but she plays as a defender at representative level where she plied her trade as a junior.
“She put in a fair bit of work to be in a position to get a spot in the squad,” Murphy said.
“We had a few established players in the squad, who have moved up to Division One, so we had a couple of positions open up.
“Hopefully she’ll get a fair bit of court time.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.