Often young girls ask, ‘What is the best thing about playing Netball?’ and to me the answer will always be the same, getting to play the game that we all love with friends.
Since I started playing netball is year 5 I have gone on to follow the Netball Victoria pathway to the Vixens level. Skipping Net Set Go, as I was a keen basketballer at the time, I played in my first netball team at my primary school in year 5. As I got older (and a little taller) I move into Representitives teams, Talent Identification programs, State teams, national programs, the Victorian Netball League, Australian Netball League and then into the Vixens program.
Along the pathway I have made some very close friends. Players such as Kate Moloney, Emily Mannix, Chloe Watson and Jo Weston are players that I played with all throughout my junior days. Kate becoming the first Vixens of the group and a year later Jo and myself joined the team and Chloe and Emily to join the year later it just felt like we were all back together running around like we did in our junior days. We aren’t the only ones that love this experience I think our parents enjoy it more than us. They have all become good friends from all the close games, gruelling nationals experiences as younger players and now catching up at weekend homes games or even travelling interstate to watch the Vixens play.
Being able to share my netball career with these girls has been pretty special, we have all had great achievements both individually and as a team.
Being a part of a team where you feel strong, supported and confident will naturally will bring out some of your best games of netball. I can say that playing with these girls is one of the most rewarding and best part of playing netball.