In 1995, there was another small name change for the competition from Mobil Superleague to simply Mobil League.
1995 MOBIL LEAGUE
SAME COLOURS, DIFFERENT LEAGUE, FOR THIS SOUTHBY
Down at Melbourne Waverley Pumas, her coach calls her “junior”. But, at 187 centimetres, 18-year-old Eloise Southby is likely to be the biggest junior netballer playing in the Mobil League this season. Southby, who is the youngest player in the Pumas team (hence the nickname), will make her Mobil League debut tonight in the club’s blue and white colors.
And despite her tender years, Southby is only two centimetres shorter than the tallest player in the league, imposing Sydney Electricity shooter Joanne Morgan. Not that her height is necessarily an advantage. “Taller players shoot the same as everyone else, using the same shooting styles,” she said. “The fact is we are slower than shorter players and we have to constantly work on our speed and agility.”
Originally from North Melbourne club, Southby moved to the Pumas in 1993 when offered a place on the team by coach Norma Plummer. Southby said the pressure this season was not all that great. “The best thing about this series (of the Mobil League) is that we can go out there with nothing to lose. We’re a young side, and they have to prove that they can beat us,” she said.
Southby said the Pumas’ biggest threat came from last year’s finalists, Adelaide teams Garville and Contax, as well as from Sydney Electricity. The rising star, daughter of former Carlton champion Geoff Southby, has played at various age levels for the Australian squad. She was in the under-21 line-up that thrashed Trinidad and Tobago last year and has been chosen for various under-17s and 19s sides.
For Southby, the best possible post-season result would be selection in the under-21 team that will compete for the world championships next year. Another of her goals is to be able to equal the performance of Australia’s premier goal shooter, Adelaide Contax player Vicki Wilson.