A surprised Georgie Horjus has shared her delight of making it onto the court for Round 1 of the Suncorp Super Netball season which began this month in Queensland.
The 18-year-old Adelaide Thunderbirds training partner managed to secure almost two quarters of play in goal attack - shooting a handful of goals.
"I didn't expect to get so much court time straight up," Horjus said.
"So that was really exciting."
While the team went down by 12 goals to West Coast Fever, her team managed to stick close and changed the tempo during the third quarter scoring 18 goals to Fever's 15.
Unfortunately the opponents were too strong and by the fourth quarter shot 21 goals against Thunderbird's 17.
However, with the team returned to Adelaide on Sunday evening, the players have this week focussed on play analysis.
"Everyone is working really hard to get their connections right," she said.
The squad of 12 - 10 players and two training partners - today (Friday) head back to Queensland, this time staying put until Round 6, a minimum of three weeks.
While Horjus and her teammates weren't anticipating this new arrangement, she explained it was due to a combination of coronavirus restrictions and the team extending to 12.
To remain safe and well, Thunderbird players wear masks and gloves out of games and on the plane.
"We are also not allowed to go out for tea and lunch," she added.
With spirits undented, Horjus says the team is prepared for this weekend's match against Giants, NSW, and further anticipates a "physical game".
Yet her humble beginnings with Pandana Netball Club and her life on the Island until 2018 are never far from her thoughts.
Starting netball at about age five, Horjus says she was "pretty lucky" to have been born with "a bit of skill" and combined her love for goal and wing attack with hard work.
She owes much of her successes to her sporting family and is quick to thank her parents Ange and Horj, plus older siblings Nick and Sam.
"Thanks to mum and dad for all the travel they did to Adelaide and back for me," she said.
"They [family] are the most supportive people which is really great."
Her gratitude also extends to Islanders who have continually backed her sporting achievements.
"They send me messages which is really nice," she added.
Round 2 of Adelaide Thunderbirds against Giants takes place at 1pm (AEST) this Saturday, August 8,at Nissan Arena, Brisbane.
Games can be viewed on Nine, Telstra TV or the Netball Live Official App.