Enjoyment factor still there for Panmure despite tough season on court

WORKING HARD: Panmure goal shooter Renee Brown is one player giving her all on the court this season in what has been a challenging year for the Bulldogs. Picture: Christine Ansorge
WORKING HARD: Panmure goal shooter Renee Brown is one player giving her all on the court this season in what has been a challenging year for the Bulldogs. Picture: Christine Ansorge

Panmure has only won one match for the season, though the enjoyment is still here.

Rachel Eldridge, who is in her first season with the Bulldogs, was one player to confirm that.

The 19-year-old crossed to the Warrnambool and District league from Mininera and District league club Woorndoo-Mortlake, and hasn’t looked back.

"I am absolutely loving it. It is a great bunch of girls and it is a great club,” she said.

"I enjoy having Steph (Jamieson) as coach, she’s so lovely and knows a lot about netball."

Eldridge, a former midcourt player, was put at goal defence by her new coach.

The first-year Bulldog said she was embracing the move after a challenging start.

"The first few weeks were pretty difficult and felt like I didn't know what I was doing, but I am finding my feet and feel like I belong there now,” she said.

"If I had the choice of playing centre or defence now, I would probably pick defence. I really enjoy being a defender and playing in the goals.

"I think it’s just trying to stop teams scoring goals and the rebounding that I enjoy."

She will have plenty of opportunities to stop goals and rebound against Allansford on Saturday.

The Cats, led by star goalie Tanaya Harradine, are fighting to keep their finals hopes alive.

Eldridge said trying to make it harder for teams like Allansford to make finals wasn’t the Bulldogs’ main motivation.

 "It hasn't really been mentioned,” she said.

“But I think it will be on our mind to give them a real good run and we have the potential to win."