Rennie Netballer Brylee McCarty has enjoyed a year many netballers would only dream of, winning accolade after accolade in a stand out season, and all at just 14.
Just this year she should have been playing under 15s as a top age player but instead played under 17s and A grade for Rennie, backing up each week to play two games every Saturday.
“I love playing two games, I have a break and have something to eat in between so then I’m fine to go,” Brylee said.
The 2017 season saw Brylee win Rennie’s Under 17 Best and Fairest and play in the team’s premiership win, take out Best on Court in the Grand Final, win the Under 17 Best and Fairest for the Picola and District Football Netball League and win the Rennie A Grade Best and Fairest.
You also can’t forget her selection in the under 15 Yarrawonga Association Representative team which played four tournaments in the region winning two and coming runner-up in another.
This team also finished runner-up in the Association Championships in Albury which led them to play in the State Association Championships in Melbourne where Brylee was identified by scouts and selected to attend the State Academy Program trials for 2018.
She has also attended the Victorian state netball side trials as a bottom age player and made the selection into the top seventy girls in the state, competing against many top age girls.
Achieving all this in one year is an amazing feat but it also makes it easy to forget that Brylee is still only 14.
She became involved in netball at a young age due to mum Paula playing and being involved in netball for years and everything just went from there.
“She does well, takes everything in her stride and works very hard,” Paula said.
“She couples working hard with having that sporting talent.
“Some people just have that sporting talent which Brylee does seem to have but she also works hard along with it to be at where she is.
“Sometimes even I forget how young she is because you just wouldn’t know it watching her on the court.”
Although netball is by far the stand out sport for Brylee she is also a good cricketer, footballer, athlete and volleyball player.
For four nights of the week during winter Brylee is involved in some type of netball activity as well as playing on Saturday but luckily for mum and Brylee herself she doesn’t play a summer sport so they are able to have a break over the netball off season.
Brylee lives in Mulwala with mum Paula, sixteen-year-old brother Thomas and ten-year-old brother Connor.
Although showing signs of being a first-class netballer of the future, Brylee said she is just having fun at the moment and is not sure just yet if she can see a professional career in the sport.
“I’m not really sure if I want to go pro, I’d rather just stay where I’m happy than go to a place and not know anybody,” Brylee said.
“I still have the opportunities to play rep and state and all that out at Rennie and I love it out there.”