Moama's Bridgette Furphy has been chosen in the Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels senior team.GEORDIE COWAN February 12, 2014 4:04am
Moama’s Bridgette Furphy will start in goal attack in division one of the Victorian Netball League tonight.
The 17-year-old was elevated to the Yarra Valley Grammar Ariels senior team after two seasons with the under 19s.
‘‘It’s exciting,’’ she said.
‘‘We started pre-season in November and had camps and hard training sessions, so I’m looking forward to that ending.’’
A regular week will see the year 12 Moama Anglican Grammar student travel to Melbourne on Mondays for training, Wednesdays for games and every second Friday for training, while also doing gym work at home on Sundays.
Selection for the division one team came as a surprise to her after she trialled for the under 19 team in November.
‘‘I thought I had made it there and then a week later they told me they needed a goalie up,’’ Furphy said.
Concerned about not getting enough game time, Furphy spoke to the coaches and they convinced her she would play.
‘‘So that really sealed it for me,’’ she said.
‘‘I am hoping to get half a game every week and aiming for three-quarters or a full game.’’
The selection comes after a big 2013 for Furphy, who made the grand final with the Ariels’ under 19 team and won Moama Netball Club’s A grade best and fairest award.
She also played one division one game for the Ariels.
‘‘I didn’t expect the best and fairest, so that was nice to end the season with,’’ she said.
‘‘I had personal goals set for myself, so I just made sure they were the things I was focusing on.
‘‘That was a big change for me and I’ll take that into this year as well.’’
Division one coach Karen Meredith said Furphy was ideal for the role.
‘‘We just felt that her commitment to training and the way she developed over the previous couple of years is what we were looking for in a player for division one development,’’ she said.
‘‘We expect her to further develop her skills, step up to the more advanced rigours of division one, because it is virtually open age.’’
They would also look to help Furphy achieve her goal of reaching the Victorian under 19 team this year, for which she reached the final 25 last year.
Meredith said Furphy’s experience in the A grade Murray Netball League competition helped her cause.
‘‘I know the footy-netball is very important to local communities and it also gives the girls a great introduction to netball that is very competitive and quite a high level,’’ she said.
‘‘She’s a great kid and I am really looking forward to working with her for the rest of the season.’’
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