Versatile Emily in state call-up

LAVINGTON netball star Emily Browne has made the state team but has a fight on her hands to play in her pet position.

The 16-year-old has passed a series of gruelling training sessions to make the 12-player Victorian under-17 squad for next year’s national titles in Darwin, where she is hoping to play at centre.

But with other players with the same goal, Browne knows versatility could be invaluable.

“I am hoping that’s where I’ll stay but they also had me in wing attack and wing defence,” Browne said.

“I was mostly playing centre (in the trials).”

State selection caps off an incredible season for the Murray High School year 12 student, who became one of the youngest winners of the Toni Wilson Medal in September after winning the Ovens and Murray’s A-grade best-and-fairest award.

Making the state team was a big commitment for Browne, who has previously made the state athletics team.

She will travel to Melbourne’s State Netball and Hockey Centre on Sunday for the fifth week in a row but she says it’s been worth it.

“The coaches there are amazing and what they’ve been teaching us really pays off,” Berrigan-raised Browne said.

“It’s helped out my defensive game so much.

“I know where I am going on the court now.”

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