SHE'S ONE of Koroit's youngest, but is lightning quick and can break open a game in seconds.
Don't underestimate Isabella Baker.
The Saints attacker is looming as a major headache for Cobden defenders in Saturday's Hampden league decider.
The 16-year-old debuted under Carly Peake and Jess O'Connor last season but has cemented her place as a first-choice goalie in 2019.
Her impact has been felt immediately at Victoria Park. Baker capped a breakout season with a second-place finish in the Hampden league's open grade best and fairest on Sunday.
Saints mentor Stacey O'Sullivan, who helped Baker settle at the club four years ago, said her effort and agility had her poised to make an impact on grand final day.
"She has that experience playing alongside women and this year has settled in quite fast," O'Sullivan told The Standard.
"She always gives 110 per cent. She's lightning quick and can burn players on a dry day. She's so dynamic.
I think she's someone who can really dominate in wet conditions.Stacey O'Sullivan
"I think she's someone who can also really dominate in wet conditions."
Baker has formed a dangerous attacking combination with experienced goal shooter Nell Mitchell.
The goal attack, who can also run through the midcourt, said playing top-grade netball consistently had improved her game.
"Playing a couple of games last year and even having the chance to sit on the bench has been a really good opportunity to be around the girls," Baker said.
"I've been able to see how everything works and the coaching and everything like that.
"It's really good to be around people who support you like they do for me."
Baker was wary of Cobden's prowess but backed her side to perform under pressure.
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