EMERGING netballer May Suhan is making the most of every quarter she gets in the Hampden league's top grade.
The Terang Mortlake defender, now 15, made her senior debut last season when she was 14.
Since then she's been given regular opportunities to play for open coach Lisa Arundell, including a quarter against Camperdown in round one last weekend.
Suhan plays at wing defence for Arundell and lines up in goal defence at 15 and under level for junior coach Kerrie Crawley.
The Sisters-based player, who is the second youngest of five siblings, said she felt most comfortable in defence.
"I feel it's more rewarding when you get an intercept and help the team out," she said.
"You also have to have a very good coach who has a lot of knowledge."
Arundell said Suhan, who is a chance to hit the court against Warrnambool at D.C Farran Oval on Saturday, had the attributes to play defence.
"She's really tight on her player which is fantastic," she said.
"In years to come she'll possibly play in the defensive ring but at this stage she doesn't have the height or physicality to play in that position in the open grade.
"With her time on court she's done a fantastic job at wing defence. Every time she takes to the court she comes off a stronger player.
"Our policy is we look at the juniors and give them a little taste of senior court time and let them know there is a future within the club and we want them playing."
Arundell, who is in her second year as Bloods coach, said Suhan was "like a sponge".
"She just wants to soak everything up," she said.
"If she doesn't understand something or wants to know more, she asks the question. For a kid that age to do that is brilliant."
Suhan said Arundell had helped fast-track her game.
"I've learned to play my game. She's always said you play your own game and to always be a team player no matter what," she said.
"She has a lot of knowledge so it's good to have her back again this year."
Suhan, who won a 13 and under premiership with Terang Mortlake, made her senior debut agaist Port Fairy last season.
"It was nerve-racking but knowing the senior girls were really supportive made it easy," she said.
"I want to stay at Terang and see how far I can get here and enjoy it and my junior years while I can and when I get older start thinking about going higher."
Suhan keeps busy off the court. She helps on her family's dairy farm and has two part-time jobs in Terang.
"I work at a pub and I am starting at a supermarket," she said.
She goes to school at Mercy Regional College in Camperdown and has friends spread across the Western District.
"I always like to play against Camperdown," she said.
"A lot of them are from my school so it's good to play against your friends and have a good time."
Arundell will miss the Bloods' round two clash due to a family wedding on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Former coach and current captain Aimee Moloney will lead in her absence.
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