AFTER a season away from netball, Harrow-Balmoral's Bec Francis is as determined as ever to help the Southern Roos achieve success in 2019.
Francis, 20, moved to Queensland in 2018 and had a season out of the Horsham District netball league.
But upon returning this season, Francis has hit the top form of her career, becoming a pivotal mid-court presence for the Southern Roos.
"I noticed a big improvement when I came back," Francis said.
"This is one of the best years I've had for a long, long time, both mentally and physically.
"Just from giving myself a break - I'm playing a lot better, and I'm just really happy to be here."
A talented youngster, Francis has achieved the ultimate success in the district league.
She slotted into a highly-successful Harrow-Balmoral A Grade and won her first premiership when she was in year eight.
"That was awesome. I was really lucky," Francis said. "But you definitely do (take it for granted).
"Looking back at it now .. I was playing juniors as well, and it didn't seem as important when it was your second team.
"Now I see all the hard work that Eb Salter does, and all the hard work that goes into it. Now I think I want it even more."
Francis and the Southern Roos start their finals campaign against Kalkee on Saturday, an elimination final between two of the league's best sides.
"Finals is a different game, but we know we just have to keep working hard and playing our netball," Francis said of the match-up.
"We just need to work hard, play our own game and not get complacent.
"It's really exciting at the moment - it's always good quality and better netball. Everyone steps up, so I'm looking forward to it."
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