18 May Eagles star defender
NETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MOLLY NEESON EAST GEELONG
Deakin University is fast becoming the very best recruiting centre for local sporting clubs, as your correspondent has found another star in East Geelong defender Molly Neeson. Netball commenced for Molly in the Western District town of Casterton, where her family operated a farm. The family moved into Hamilton after selling the farm in 2009 and netball continued with the Hamilton Imperials. She progressed through the junior ranks and played in a B Grade premiership in 2013. The move to Geelong for University followed a brief period of travel and she followed a friend to Bell Post Hill initially, where she slotted straight into their A Grade team, winning the best and fairest in both 2017 and 2018.
A catch up will Alanna Cottrill, a school friend from Hamilton instigated the transfer to East Geelong, where she is now part of the competitions most frugal defensive unit. Her combination work with Steph Boyce in the back court has seen the Eagles concede only 76 goals in the four completed games of the 2021 season. Her partner in crime headed to the attacking circle for part of last week’s game and Molly found the new role as Goal Keeper with Margaret Webb Medallist Claudia Cook as her sidekick, worked so well the coaches now have more options in team flexibility. Molly is really enjoying the subtle change to the coaching structure this season, with David Boyce adding a refreshing new vibrancy to the training sessions. This allows Justine Radford to spend more one on one time with the younger players and also focus on her own game in B Grade, but then taking over as the match day mentor. She is learning more about her own game, but also loves the more enhanced team aspect developing within the group.
Molly has chosen psychology as her preferred career and is working on her honours degree after completing an under graduate course last year. She is very keen to eventually work in research in her field, rather than the clinical version of the profession. The desire to help people work through the troubling times in their life has been a key motivation for her career choice and she is excitedly working toward making an impact through further research into human behaviour.
The escape to netball has always been a positive aspect of Molly’s life, but up until this season the focus has been on exercise and the social engagement the game provides. This current Eagles outfit has developed into such an impressive unit that Molly is now considering a premiership could be within their reach. The excitement of that has given her Saturday afternoons a whole new look.