Emerging Swan earns state league selection

Alvie netballer Lily Eldridge is the district’s newest face in the Geelong Cougars’ state league program.

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.

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