Duo in mix for state selection

Victorian junior netball coach Mel Savage says Colac Tigers pair Zara Walters and Eliza Cahill are deserving contenders for state selection after their breakout campaigns in 2019.

Victorian junior netball coach Mel Savage says Colac Tigers pair Zara Walters and Eliza Cahill are deserving contenders for state selection after their breakout campaigns in 2019.

Savage, who mentored both Walters and Cahill for state league 19-and-under outfit Geelong this year, is leading Victoria’s 17-and-under side ahead the 2020 national titles.

Walters is in contention to play under Savage in the 17-and-under ranks, while Cahill is aiming to break into the 19-and-under team as a bottom-ager for the two carnivals in Tasmania next year.

The talented duo are currently in squads of 50 players and would become Colac’s first Victorian representatives since Collingwood Super Netball rookie Brooke Allan if they were to make the final cut later this month.

Savage said Walters and Cahill’s exposure to A Grade netball for Colac in 2019 alongside their VNL experience had put the pair in a strong position to earn a Big V
call-up.

Walters and Cahill both earned mid-season promotions to the state league this year after impressive form for the Cougars’ feeder team Geelong Flyers.

“I went to screening day this year and the calibre of girls that were there was amazing, we’ve got some huge depth in Victoria,” Savage said.

“Eliza and Zara’s exposure to VNL has really helped their development, they got the opportunity to train in a high-performance program and they both work so hard.

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