A DECISION to add to her fitness regime is paying off for budding North Warrnambool Eagles netballer Phoebe Wittmann.
The midcourter, who turns 20 at the end of July, has established her spot in the Eagles' open netball side in 2021.
She has played in all nine games and will line up against undefeated Cobden in a Hampden league top-three clash on Saturday.
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"I feel like I've improved as a player this year. I think I've gotten a lot fitter as the season has gone on," Wittmann said.
"I have always struggled with my fitness and especially as I am a midcourter I need to run a lot for my game."
The apprentice hairdresser has been going to F45 fitness four times a week.
She admitted to a few nerves before jumping back into the cardio sessions.
"I have only been going for the past five or six weeks," Wittmann said.
"It was very hard at the start and I had only ever done one session with the club a couple of years ago.
"I was a bit scared to go back but I am really enjoying it now and I feel a lot fitter on the court now."
Wittmann also dances once a week with Rebecca's Dance 101 studio.
It's something she's done since she was 12. Jazz and contemporary are her favourite techniques.
She said dance helped on the netball court too.
"I did stop for six months a few years ago and I did notice my flexibility and balance was off," she said.
Wittmann's dad Shane has strong ties to the Eagles as a past football coach.
The teenager netball, who played in the Eagles' 2019 division one premiership, grew up in Bushfield and Woodford and moved into Warrnambool a few years ago.
"I spend a lot of time out there as my boyfriend (Tom Keast) lives out there," she said.
"He plays footy at North Warrnambool as well. He's in the senior team."
Many of her friendships were formed at the club too.
"In juniors I played with Amelia Chow, Zoe Bussell and Maggie Kellett," she said.
"They were three of my closest friends growing up so it was always enjoyable playing as a junior.
"This year they've all gone to uni. I still spend a lot of time with them but they're not here as much so this year it's been good to hang out with the older girls a bit.
"I am one of the youngest on the team so they make it a lot of fun at training."
North Warrnambool Eagles have won their past six matches after dropping their first three of the season.
Cobden is the only undefeated netball side in the competition.
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