TWO leagues, two clubs.
Elisha Sobey isn't Merrivale's youngest, but she might just be its most committed.
Sobey, also listed with Hampden outfit North Warrnambool Eagles, capped a frantic season with a best on court in Merrivale's upset Warrnambool and District league premiership win on Saturday.
She was sublime as the Tigers scored a gutsy 35-34 victory.
Sobey, née Carter before tying the knot with Tigers footballer Josh, thanked coach Carly Peake for the opportunity to suit up in yellow and black.
"I feel very, very privileged to actually play with the side this year," Sobey said.
"I've obviously played in both (Hampden and Warrnambool and District) leagues this year and Carly has let me join in the side which I was very happy for her to do.
"I'm very, very lucky."
The Merrivale dynamo revealed Peake instilled confidence in the side.
The midcourter said she had adopted a safe approach to rest and recovery on the back of juggling court time in both leagues.
"I'm not the youngest one on the side," Sobey laughed.
"I suppose it's a bit of a last hurrah for me, maybe. I've had a few injuries here and there so I've had to make sure I've had to make sure I'm looking after my body.
"I can't run around like I used to, but I try to pretend I can. I have to kind of take it a bit easy."
I suppose it's a bit of a last hurrah for me, maybe. I've had a few injuries here and there so I've had to make sure I've had to make sure I'm looking after my body.Elisha Sobey
Sobey paid tribute to her teammates and praised their character.
"I've played with a few of them before when I was last at Merrivale, and the few new girls I've known from elsewhere," she said.
"The young ones as well - they're Tigers through and through. They won't be going anywhere.
"They'll be around next year ready and roaring to go."
The wing attack said confidence wasn't an issue pre-game but the Tigers' underdog status eased pressure.
"We tried to pretend we were (confident)," she laughed.
"We tried to take each game as it came right through the season. I don't know though, I don't think you can predict a grand final or who is going to win.
"With a crowd, weather conditions, pressure situations... It can go either way."
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