Kangaroo Island's own Georgie Horjus is fast becoming a rising star, shooting super goals for the Adelaide Thunderbirds in the Suncorp Super Netball Competition.
18-year-old shooter Horjus started the year as a training partner with the team but continues to dazzle and cement her spot within the league as the weeks go on.
Horjus and the Thunderbirds take on Collingwood tonight (Wednesday, August 19) at 5.30pm. You can watch on Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App.
The Thunderbirds will be soaring with confidence after a win against the top team in Round 4 and they are sitting in 5th on the ladder as they charge towards the top 4.
The Islander and other media caught up with Horjus on Tuesday, August 18 in a Zoom conference from her apartment in Queensland where she and the other Thunderbirds are hunkered down.
Horjus confirmed the team is riding high and filled with confidence after the win against the Melbourne Vixens.
"We have a lot of confidence and it was such a good feeling after the game," she said.
Being selected to start in the match came as a great surprise.
"I didn't expect it at all and was very excited and really nervous," she said. "I'm just taking it all in and really enjoying it."
Life in the Queensland hub was not that bad and she was relishing the Queensland weather.
The players had time together with teammates for training and other activities, but also time by themselves where she can concentrate on her studies.
After graduating Year 12 last year, Horjus is studying Health and Physical Education at the UniSA, and while she had to drop some courses due to her netball commitments, she is keen to keep up.
Asked by the Adelaide media about being shooter despite her relative short stature, she said she did not see that as an issue.
"You don't need to be tall on court," she said.
As a natural shooter she said she was quite enjoying the new super goal rule.
"I like it, it's a bit different and we normally don't shoot from that far so it's a bit of a change up but I like it," she said.
Regarding those nerves, when she was shooting she tried not to think about anything that than the shot going in and she had confidence in her teammates' rebounding abilities.
"Nerves are good to have and you can't do anything about it, so you just have to keep playing hard," she said.
Horjus said she had received so much support from the Kangaroo Island community since she started with the Thunderbirds, even from people who never watched netball before.
The media asked her about old Parndana club back on KI and how it fared in the bushfire devastation earlier this year.
She explained how the fire skirted around Parndana after destroying her main rivals' club rooms at Western Districts.
She was able to get to the safety of Kingscote, although her father Robert Horjus remained behind on the Parndana oval as a member of the town's CFS brigade even as the rest of the emergency services retreated that night.
"It was really scary, his phone battery went flat and we didn't know what was happening," he said.
Both father and daughter were equally as proud of each other in their accomplishments.
Horjus let on that her dad often became very emotional after each game, and he's had plenty of reason to shed tears of joy after her recent accomplishments.
"He's awesome," she said, adding how important it was to catch up with family online on the phone after each game.
Asked what her advice for Kangaroo Island netball players in this time of COVID-19 coronavirus would be, she said stay committed to your training and developing your skills.
"Keep enjoying every moment and take every opportunity you can to get on court, even if it's just training" she said.