Erin Ellis
Erin Ellis

Flyers' most valuable player overcame doubt to achieve success

IT IS hard to believe Erin Ellis was nervous and apprehensive when she joined the Ipswich Flyers last year.

Ellis was full of doubt after linking with the Ipswich girls from the disbanded Goodna team in the Mount Franklin Challenge.

"Just because they were such a closeknit team it was so daunting," she said of her initial fears. "And it was a step up in the level of netball.

"I didn't know if I was good enough."

Just 18 months later, there is no doubt, with the wing defence collecting the Most Valuable Players award at the Ipswich Netball Association awards night on Friday.

It followed her starring role in the Flyers premiership triumph.

Yet the MVP award still came as a bit of a shock.

"I think I had a better season last season," the 26-year-old Raceview resident said.

"I think I was a bit more motivated last year and this year I had other things on my mind."

Completing her Bachelor of Education degree meant less time focussed on netball.

But when netball was the focus, the competitor in Ellis could not help but give her all.

"I probably didn't do as much work off the court," she said.

"But I still put 100 percent in at training and games."

Ellis does not know if she will pay for the Flyers next year as starting a family is on the to-do list.

But if she is able it will be hard to say no to the group of girls that has become like a second family.

"We had such a good season as a team," Ellis said. "As an individual it feels pretty good."

Flyers goal defence Tahlia Vandenberg claimed the Flyers Players' Player award.

While it is a nod to the quality of the team's defending Ellis said both she and Vandenberg owed a debt of gratitude to goal keeper Kate Sherwin.

"Tahlia had a cracker of a season," Ellis said.

"But Kate really helped Tahlia and I reach our potential.

"She has a lot of tactical experience where we're more instinctive players."

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