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Demons playing things by the Brooks

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September 15, 2017

Goulburn Valley under-17 representative Elle Brooks, 15, has emerged as an unlikely A-grade star for Shepparton United this year.

Elle Brooks did not have long to warm into the Goulburn Valley League before going straight into the top tier.

Having turned 15 in July, the young talent had to wait until this year to play under-17s in the GVL to meet age restrictions.

But once senior coach Di Hanslow saw her potential, it was only a matter of time before Brooks made her senior debut.

With A-grade goal keeper Megan Trevaskis out for the season with a foot injury, Brooks cemented her spot in the line-up and has played during the finals.

Every weekend is busy for the Goulburn Valley Grammar School student, as she continues to be integral to the under-17 side that has booked a spot in the grand final.

But Brooks would play more than the two games of netball on a Saturday if she could.

‘‘I just really like my netball,’’ she said.

‘‘I actually don’t feel like I get tired, I have so much fun and it’s not anything more than fun for me.’’

Brooks said enjoying the sport was the key to success.

She claimed the 17-and-under Shepparton Netball Association premiership with the Demons last season, named most valuable player in the grand final.

Part of the same winning side was Laura Cole, another teenager playing a starring role in A-grade this season.

The Cobram resident said moving across from the Murray Netball League to the GVL had done wonders for her development.

‘‘When I was about 13 or 14 a couple of people around me said to come play at Shepparton United and ever since playing there I’ve improved since with Di and other people helping me,’’ Brooks said.

This year Brooks was selected in the under-17 GVL interleague side, but did not expect much of a run in the match against Ovens and Murray.

But she starred, with supreme accuracy helping her side to victory in extra time.

‘‘That was exciting, I didn’t thing I was going to get (to play) because there were girls older than me and I just thought I was a back up and then they put me on in the second quarter and I proved to myself I can play,’’ she said.

On Sunday at Deakin Reserve, Brooks’ versatility will be on show, likely to swap between defence and attack.

Just last week against Kyabram she was switched from goal keeper to goal shooter, but Brooks is taking it all in her stride.

‘‘It’s a bit of a switch, but I don’t mind, I like playing both and it’s easy to adjust,’’ she said.

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