The rise of Jeremi Robinson and Eliza Cahill will see the promising pair become the first Colac district netballers in recent history to represent the region at state titles.
Irrewarra-Beeac 17-and-under star Robinson and Colac Imperials 15-and-under young gun Cahill earned selection in Barwon Zone teams for next month’s 2017 Netball Victoria State Titles at Werribee.
CDFNL junior mentor Tracey Tann said officials believed Robinson and Cahill were the first Barwon representatives from the association since the likes of Emma and Chelsea Hillman, Grace Parker, Emma McKie, Paige Mason and the late Emma McVilly featured in state campaigns during the mid to late 2000s.
Tann said the Colac district entering representative teams in the Barwon Junior Netball Championships, which both Robinson and Cahill were a part of this year, created more exposure in the Geelong region for the Colac district’s talent.
“Without making any rash statements I can’t remember the last time anyone made the team,” she said.
“It’s been a good couple of years since we’ve had someone, so it’s good for the pathways and for kids to know there’s somewhere they can follow.
“Apart from both of them being really talented players, they’re being seen a lot more by playing in that Geelong-based competition.”
Both Robinson and Cahill took out league best-and-fairests at junior level this year, while also cementing their spots in Colac district top-grade netball for their clubs.
Robinson, who played her first full-season for the Bombers in the A Grade competition while juggling a busy junior schedule at club and representative level, said it was a daunting process vying for Barwon selection.
“There was a lot of pressure during the tryouts,” she said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.