A COOL, calm head and plenty of composure played a big part in 16-year-old star Contax netballer Georgie Horjus helping her side to a crushing 73-39 win against Garville in the premier league netball grand final.
But Georgie not only played her position to perfection but she impressed the judging panel to take out the Marg Angove OAM Medal for best on court.
More recently, Georgie was named Netball SA Rookie of the year and runner up in the Premier League Most Valuable Player competition by one vote!
A steady hand saw Georgie shoot a consistently high standard 41 goals from 48 attempts in the final to finish with a shooting percentage of 86 in the Contax’ big grand final win.
The SASI athlete and National Centre of Excellence 17 and under national squad member said she was thrilled with the team's win and to be a part of it.
"It was a bit crazy after the game," Georgie said. "The feeling playing in a game like that was unreal.
"I have really enjoyed being in the Contax team with an awesome bunch of girls. We had a few players going up to the national league so everyone had to step up which they did. And it was a real honour to win the Marg Angove Medal, I couldn't believe it."
SASI had Coach Netball Jenny Borlase said Georgie had worked hard and deserved her success.
"She is tracking really well and being surrounded by quality players really helps her," Borlase said.
"She is progressing really well in the gym with her strength. She is new to the SASI program and has done a good job. She also is very competent at wing attack as well as goal attack which will benefit her game."
One of the biggest changes Georgie had to make was to relocate from her home of Kangaroo Island to train and attend school in Adelaide.
Her mum Andrea makes sure she gets to training and games and wherever else she needs to go while the rest of the family is on KI for the time being.
The Year 11 Immanuel College student has long impressed in junior state teams and last year was one of two SA school students to make the School Sport Australia International Netball team which won a gold medal in May on the the Gold Coast. She also was a baton bearer in Parndana in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
There is little time to for Georgie to rest with a national squad camp to attend from October 1 to October 5.
There, she will play matches against England and New Zealand under-age teams to give the Australian squad members a strong workout.
After that Georgie will focus on making the SA 17 and under team where selection trials will be held through October and November. The SA team will compete in the national titles in Brisbane in April next year.
Georgie also has nominated for the Southern Force team which represents South Australia in the Australian Netball League which is one level below the Suncorp Super Netball competition.
The selection for the Southern Force team is expected in the next few weeks.
This article was first published on the South Australian Sports Institute website and published with permission