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Bridgette began playing netball in the “FunNet” program at age 10at home in Echuca. She progressed through underage rep teams for the region, played Zone Academy for Northern region, represented NSW at Nationals, began playing VNL at age 16 and is now going into her 8th season of VNL. Bridgette’s favourite thing about the game is the mental and physical challenge’s each week and the fitness that comes with playing netball. The one person that has influenced Bridgette’s netball career is her Mum who drove Bridgette to every single training and game from Echuca to Melbourne for 4 years. Bridgette’s favourite netball achievement from team perspective is winning a VNL premiership, and personally – getting into the VNL Team of the Year.

Bridgette Furphy

With a vast background in netball, Julia started playing at the age of six. Julia first represented Victoria in 2007 to 2012, representing the Under 17,19 & 21 state teams. In 2009, she made the Under 19 Australian Squad followed by the VU Championship in 2010. Julia took some time off the court in 2012, when she fell pregnant to one of her beautiful girls. Julia loves that netball allows you to create the play and not just react to it. From 2013-2018 she played for Newtown and Chilwell A Grade side and then came to Geelong Cougars in 2017 in which she was apart of the 2019 Championship premiership team and was also named both League Best & Fairest and in the League Team Of The Year. In 2020, Julia was called up to Collingwood Mapgies in the SSN.

Julia Woolley

Zanna started playing junior netball at Ocean Grove Netball Club to then playing for Leopold FNC in the GFL. In 2012, Zanna was involved within the Geelong Cougars, being in the development squad; in 2013 she was selected to play for the Under 19 team and has been involved with the Cougars ever since. Zanna’s biggest netball achievement to date is winning the Div 1 Grand Final in 2017. Alongside netball Zanna has a crazy schedule, studying a Bachelor of Nursing as well as working, it doesn’t leave much time for her to play with her puppy Bella and relax with friends and family!

Zanna Woods

Playing History (from the beginning of your netball =ll now):
2016- Under 19’s Sovereigns 2016-Under 17’s State team 2017-Championship Sovereigns 2018-Geelong Cougars 2018- Victorian Fury

What’s your favourite thing about the game?
The adrenalin

If you had to name one person who had an influence on your netball career, who would it be?
My parents

What’s your favourite netball achievement – team and personal?
Making Fury squad Making the div 1 and champ grand final 2018

What do you do outside of netball? Hang out with friends Play with my dog Go to the gym

What would be one interesting fact not many would know about you?
My full name is Alexandra

Ally O’Connor

Emily has been playing netball for over sixteen years’ starting her career in Altona. Emily was selected for the Victorian State Team consecutively playing for their Under 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 teams. Emily has been playing at VNL level since she was just 15 years old, achieving five premierships as well as a League Best & Fairest – the year after an ACL reconstruction! Locally, Emily currently plays A Grade for St Joseph’s FNC and recently played in the 2019 BUPA VNL Championship premier side.

Emily loves the competitiveness of the game and that it requires a lot of strategic thinking; working within a marketing and PR role, Emily is always developing new strategic ideas and thinking outside the box. Her favourite thing to do is head to the beach with her partner and dog Frank.

Emily Post

Vanessa was recently part of the BUPA VNL Championship premier side in 2019, as well playing in ANL league for Tasmania Magpies in 2019 and 2020.

Vanessa Augustini

Victoria also known as Tori played all her junior and senior netball with St Joseph’s FNC. Tori has also played for the Under 17s and Under 19s State Teams representing Victoria; winning the Under 17s Nationals undefeated. Competitive on the court, Tori also gives her all for her team winning her league Best and Fairest in 2016 for the GFNL. Tori was also recently part of the BUPA VNL Championship premier side in 2019.

Tori’s mum has been her biggest influence throughout her netball journey, being her number one fan and supporting her from the beginning. Off the court, Tori loves being social! You will find her hanging out with friends any chance she gets.

Victoria Honner

Brooke started her netball career playing for the Colac Tigers representing their Under 13’s side. Brooke has played for both local and state teams, representing Victoria from 2015 to 2017, as well as being involved with the Australian development squad during this time. Brookes junior coaches throughout her local, VNL and state team have been her biggest influences throughout her netball journey – in particular her coach Mel Savage. Outside of netball, Brooke enjoys riding horses and would ride them every day if she could!

Brooke recently played the 2019 BUPA VNL Championship premier side and made it into the Championship Team of the Year. She is also currently playing in the ANL league for the Tasmania Magpies.

Brooke Allan

Kaitlyn started playing in the BFL league at Drysdale at the age of 7. She then progressed through the age groups and played in her first A grade side for St Marys when she was 14, and has played in the GFL ever since. Kaitlyn played Flyers in the junior age groups and made the 17/u Victorian State Team side, where she played in for 2 years, and went on to play one year in the 19/u Victorian side. Kaitlyn has played with us at Cougars ever since she finished her time in the flyers program and recently played in the BUPA VNL Championship premier side in 2019 making team of the year.

Kaitlyn’s favourite thing about game is the friendships you make, and the feeling of being apart of a team and achieving something together. She can also have a bit of ‘white line fever’ so loves getting out on the court and playing.

Throughout her netball career, Kaitlyns biggest influencers have been her mum and sister. Both got her involved in netball and have been on the roll coaster of highs and lows. They always encouraged Kaitlyn to be her best and have both taught her a lot about the game.

When it comes to Kaitlyn’s achievements to date, her biggest team & personal achievement was making the finals during the 2017 VNL season. This was special to her because it had been the first time Geelong Cougars Championship team had made finals, after years of being in the lower half of the ladder. It was a special time for the club and coach Gez as there had been lots of hard work and dedication to get to there.

Outside of netball Kaitlyn is a mum to her gorgeous daughter Macy, which takes up a lot of her time these days. They love getting outdoors and spending as much time as they can as a family. One thing that we may not know about Kaitlyn is that she is one of eight kids and is the ‘baby’ of the family.

Katelyn Sheringham


Playing History:
Started playing at Camperdown (Hampton League), then played for Newtown/Chilwell netball team (GFL)and Geelong College. Received a scholarship for Falcons under 15, the played for Cougars under 19 2017, 2018. Played in the Regional championships for Barwon 2017, 2018. Played in the under 19 Victoria State netball team 2018.

What’s your favourite thing about the game?
Being part of the team

If you had to name one person who had an influence on your netball career, who would it be?

Geva Mentor.

What’s your favourite netball achievement – team and personal?

Under 19 Victoria state team 2018 which won the national title. Have really enjoyed being part of the Cougars as they have a great team culture.

What do you do outside of netball?

Play a lot of sport, Have been running in track and field team and studying in New York, USA for the last two years, which has been an amazing experience but really busy. Halfway through a degree in Forensic Science.

What would be one interesting fact not many would know about you?

I come from a farm in Western Victoria and love animals and often go to the pound to see if there are any animals I can adopt.

Ruby Pekin-Schlicht