North Warrnambool Eagles' young brigade are flying along

STRONG AS ONE: North Warrnambool Eagles Maggie Kellett says a player bond is the key to the Eagles' surge up the ladder. Picture: Christine Ansorge
STRONG AS ONE: North Warrnambool Eagles Maggie Kellett says a player bond is the key to the Eagles' surge up the ladder. Picture: Christine Ansorge

North Warrnambool Eagles may be young but it doesn’t seem to bother them as teenage defender Maggie Kellett can attest to.

The Eagles are flying in second place on the Hampden league open grade netball ladder, only four points behind top-of-the-table Cobden and are gearing up for a challenge against third-placed Camperdown at Bushfield this Saturday. 

Kellett, who has been playing in wing defence and goal keeper in her first full year of open grade netball, believes the bond of the Dot Jenkins-led Eagles is generating into some strong results.

“Being a young side is a positive thing for us,” the 17-year-old defender said. 

“(Goalie) Amelia Chow and I are the two youngest in the side and the rest are a bit older than us, but we are still a really young side and I think that’s what makes us gel as a team and get along so well.”

KEY: Amelia Chow has been one of North Warrnambool Eagles' star players this season. Picture: Rob Gunstone

KEY: Amelia Chow has been one of North Warrnambool Eagles' star players this season. Picture: Rob Gunstone

“We have all been at North since under 13s and known each other for heaps of years and we have all known Dot for a couple of years and that helps us.”

In last weekend’s side which defeated Portland by 32 goals only Elisha Carter was over the age of 23 with the average age of the team at 19.

Kellett, who has played 11 of her 16 open grade games for the Eagles this season, said confidence has been the key to her own form in the first half of the year.

“Dot has been trying to increase my confidence,” she said. “She keeps telling me to believe in myself and that I’m no different to anyone else in the team.”