Vashti Muller was bracing for her first taste of the Victorian Netball League this year.
But like many others, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the gun defender's netball dream on pause for now.
The former Wodonga Raider impressed on court in the Ovens and Murray league last season landing a top five finish in the Toni Wilson medal count.
Muller said the time felt right to try her luck in the Melbourne league after joining City West Falcons for 2020.
She said she believed the O and M had equipped her with the necessary skills to impress on the court in her first time in an under-19's squad.
"Going from the O and M in an open age group back to under-19's was going to be something a bit different," she said.
"The skill is different, but in the O and M, and especially at Raiders, the knowledge and skill is very high.
"Melbourne just offers that exposure that you can't really get out in the country unfortunately.
"I was hoping to get my name out there a bit."
With a current surge in coronavirus cases in Victoria, Muller is unsure whether she'll get to try her hand in the Victorian league this year.
"We were pretty confident before the latest restrictions that we were still going to have a nine week season starting in August," she said.
"We've still been training three nights a week online which has definitely been interesting having not done that before.
"The whole pre-season I put a lot of effort in because I was really excited to give it a go.
"We're all really keen and keeping up with our ball skills, so we'll see what Netball Victoria says."
City West Falcons have cemented themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the VNL after claiming the under-19's premiership in 2019.
They have also seen the likes of former Ovens and Murray stars Jacqui Newton and Jane Cook join their ranks.
Muller had planned to relocate to Melbourne for both netball and study this year but is currently back home in Henty.
The 19-year-old is studying sports management and leadership with the Richmond Institute of Sports Leadership.
While the course has now taken a online approach due to the coronavirus, Muller said she's still getting a lot out of it.
"We've had Brendon Gale taking some of our lectures and we've had a lot of AFL players talking to us," she said.
She admitted the current climate had taken it's toll with sport playing a big role in her life.
Muller's former Raiders teammates won't see a season this year after the Ovens and Murray cancelled senior netball last week.