Kristen Orr will play her 200th game for Echuca Netball Club tomorrow.GEORDIE COWAN April 11, 2014 3:04am
Kristen Orr will play her 200th netball game for Echuca tomorrow. She is pictured with her children Campbell, 5, Addison, 4, and Logan, 8.
Kristen Orr started her career with Echuca Netball Club as a 16-year-old in 1993.
Tomorrow, against Rochester, she will play her 200th game.
‘‘It feels a bit surreal because it has taken me so long to reach 200 games,’’ she said.
‘‘Not too many people at the club have achieved 200 games. I’m pretty stoked.’’
Last year was the first time Orr had played in seven years, returning from a couple of years in Melbourne, then having three children and having to overcome a back injury.
She played in B grade’s premiership win in September and said she loved the environment she found herself in again — though she did have some difficulties.
‘‘I felt much older — the girls were much quicker,’’ she said.
‘‘It was great, I loved it.
‘‘I really missed the camaraderie of playing with the girls and that club atmosphere.
‘‘I’d still been involved with coaching and doing bits and pieces, but as far as the playing goes, probably the worst thing was that my body and my brain weren’t on the same page.
‘‘What I wanted to do physically I just couldn’t because of my back.’’
Echuca has been a central part of her family, as her husband, Steven, has also been involved for ‘‘20-odd years’’.
‘‘We’ve made a lot of friends through the club and it’s just been a massive part of our life,’’ she said.
‘‘Now that we have children, the club has been focused on it being family-orientated, which is great for us.’’
A long-time member of the club, which has included roles on the netball executive management committee in 1995, 1996, 2005 and 2006, Orr has also co-coached A grade in 2001, co-coached B grade in 2006 and co-coached B reserve to a premiership in 2007.
Receiving a life membership last year was one of many highlights she has experienced at the club.
‘‘That was a massive honour for me,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a real surprise, but one that I am very grateful for.
‘‘Winning the B grade premiership last year was fantastic.’’
Orr also played in wing attack in Echuca’s last A grade premiership in 1996.
‘‘I was about 20 and I didn’t think it would take us so long to achieve another A grade premiership,’’ she said.
The 37-year-old thanked her husband for his support in her comeback.
‘‘I’m very lucky,’’ she said.
‘‘Steven, my husband, was the (football) runner last year and he actually stepped down from the running to help with the kids while I’m playing, so without his support, I’d probably be lost so I certainly appreciate that.’’
She will play in B grade tomorrow.
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