Division 1 2021-05-12T00:30:20+00:00

Division One

With over ten years’ experience in playing Netball, Ellen started at South Barwon Netball Club and through the years has represented Victoria, winning the 2017 VNL Premiership as well as the 2017 B Grade and Under 17 GFL premiership. Ellen’s dad has been the biggest influence on her netball career supporting her every step of the way. Ellen loves a social outing and embraces every opportunity to go to a party or function. Ellen was recently named in the 2019 BUPA VNL 19/U  Team of the Year and received MVP. 

Ellen Doyle

Poppy started playing netball at North Ballarat juniors as well as Brown Hill. She then made the U12’s & U15’s State Team, also playing at North Ballarat in their seniors and at Bungaree. Poppy then played in Sovereigns U19s team and has just recently made the U17s State Team. Netball for Poppy is all about the atmosphere when she plays in an exciting and close game. The person who has had the biggest influence on Poppy’s netball and continues to do support her is her Mum. Poppy’s favourite netball achievement as a team would have to be winning 6/6 grand finals for North Ballarat, and personally it would have to be making the Victorian Team this year. Outside of netball, Poppy plays other sports like basketball, but loves to spend time with friends going shopping and to the beach.

Poppy Douglass

Georgie began playing netball for Cheltenham North Devils and Kingston at age 11. She played representative netball for Palladians (2008) and Monash Kingston (2009-2010) and in 2011 played for Southern Saints until 2017. Highlight’s for Georgie over the years were winning the Division 1 premiership in 2014 and playing for Edi-Asp from 2013-2017, winning the premiership for 4 consecutive years. Georgie loves being apart of a team and working together to achieve a common goal. Over the many years Georgie has played netball, her mum would have to be her biggest influence; driving Georgie to all her trainings and netball games from a young age, without complaining. Off the court, Georgie likes to skate board to work, whilst currently studying Medicine at Deakin University. Previously worked as a Physiotherapist at the Alfred Hospital.

Georgina Cuthbertson

Olivia has played with teams such as the Westside saints, Central west zone academy, RDFNL A grade, AGSV/ PEGS and has competed in the Elmer state titles. Her favourite thing about the game is seeing how much not on the team but each player has improved from the start to then end of a season. Olivia’s favourite achievement both team and personal is winning association championships with Westside. Outside of netball Olivia enjoys water skiing and going to the movies.

Olivia Taylor

Georgia started playing netball for a local league when she was eight years old. Georgia then moved onto to playing for Barwon Heads FNC, where she played all her junior netball in both A and B grade divisions. In her last year of Under 17’s, Georgia moved to St Alban’s FNC and played for their division one and B grade side. Georgia was selected for the Bellarine representative team during her time playing Under 13’s, 15’s and 17’s, as well as playing for Geelong Flyers and the Geelong representative team during her time at St Albans FNC. Determined, Georgia was selected for the Cougars after her third trial where she made the U19 team in 2017 – taking out the grand final that year. Off the court, Georgia is busy studying a Bachelor of Nursing/Psychological Science while working part-time as a swimming teacher and at a local cafe!

Georgia Ryan

Mikayla has over ten years’ experience in playing netball. Some of her accomplishments include playing state titles in 2014, Zone Academy in 2015 and winning the 2017 VNL Under 19’s Grand Final with Geelong Cougars. Mikayla has fallen victim to injury, with rupturing her ACL in 2015; though this did not stop her from pursuing her passion of netball. When she isn’t playing netball and working, you will find Mikayla binge watching tv series!

Mikayla Hellmann

Zara started playing netball at the Colac Tigers when she was 11 years old and has progressed through all junior grades and has now been playing A grade for the past 2 years. Zara has played in Geelong rep teams, Flyers, Geelong Grammar and has recently made the U/17 Vic team.  Zara loves the competitiveness of netball and making new friendships. Her mum has been the biggest influence on her netball career with her support and her knowledge.  Zara’s netball highlights include making the U/17 Vic team this year and playing in the A grade finals for Colac in the GFL last year.

Zara Walters

Laura has been playing netball for over eighteen years – starting at Hoppers Crossing Netball Club in 2000. Laura has also been a part of the Victorian Indoor Netball Club from 2010-2017 and Bell Park Netball Club from 2013-2017. Laura was selected to play for the Under 21 Australian Indoor Netball team, competing in the 2014 Indoor Netball World Cup in South Africa. Being 6ft tall, Laura is a keen defender and enjoys the spontaneity and challenges that comes from playing this position. Outside of netball, Laura is a Physical Education teacher at a secondary school – when she isn’t playing or teaching sport Laura loves to travel and explore the outdoors! Laura was recently named in the 2019 BUPA VNL Division 1 Team of the Year.

Laura Giles

Playing History:

2020 Geelong Cougars Training Partner
2019 Geelong Cougars Training Partner
Central Highlands Region State Titles
2018 Ballarat Sovereigns
Central Highlands Region State Titles
2017 Ballarat Sovereigns
2016 u/17 Ballarat Pride Squad
2015 Western Zone Academy
U/15 Ballarat Pride Squad
2014 u/15 Ballarat Pride Squad

What’s your favourite thing about the game?

Love the intensity and camaraderie involved.

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

My Mum initially and Dad encouraged to go as far as possible.

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

Team achievement – Winning our local u/19s Grandfinal in overtime

Personal achievement – being awarded Best on Court in that game.

What do you do outside of netball?

Outside of netball you will find me playing and competing in a range of other sports as well as working full time as a Legal Secretary.

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

I am a red head.

Ashlee Smith

Aleisha played netball from 2009-2013 with Hamilton Imperials, she then went to play with the Glenthompson Dunkeld Rams in 2014. In 2015-2018 Aleisha was with Hamilton Kangaroos FNC and the made it into the Hampden Interleague from 2017 – 2018. I personally love netball because of the way people come together and no one is left out or excluded. Everyone works together. One person who influenced Aleisha’s netball career is her mum, she has always encouraged Aleisha to do the best that she can in netball. Without her she wouldn’t be where she is today. Her favourite netball achievement from a team perspective was the 2016 Hamilton Kangaroos season where they had an amazing season only losing one game, which sadly was the grand final but they bonded so well as a team. My favourite personal achievement was becoming an under 19 State training partner in 2018. Outside of netball Aleisha just finished her year 12 studies and is hopefully going to university to study a Bachelor of Primary School teaching.

Aleisha McDonald 



Age: 17

Playing History (from the beginning of your netball till now):

Darley under 17s 2018, 2019

Central highlands rep team 2019

BNA rep team 2019

What’s your favourite thing about the game?:

How everyone gets to work as a team. And how everyone plays there own role in the team

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

My favourite personal achievement was making the state under 19 team as a training partner

My favourite team achievement was my BNA team winning the grand final

What do you do outside of netball?:

Outside of netball I like to hang out and socialise with friends

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

I used to do a lot of athletics and compete at state competitions for jumping and sprinting

Indya Ford