Kymberleigh Rowland's return to her old club Rushworth couldn't have turned out any better after the Tigers won the Kyabram District Netball League grand final.By Hannah Driscoll
Winning her first A-grade premiership was ‘‘a beautiful feeling’’ for Rushworth co-coach Kymberleigh Rowland.
Rowland returned to her former club, where she played her junior netball, this season and took up the reins of coach with sister-in-law Sharni Lloyd.
The Tigers capped their season with the premiership on Saturday and Rowland, a defender, was overwhelmed.
‘‘It was massive and to win, I just looked straight at Sharn and we weren’t going to coach and it was too tough for us to take it on by ourselves, so we decided to combine the effort,’’ Rowland said.
‘‘The tension had lifted and it’s as if we had done the club proud more than ourselves. The club had been behind us, so it was lovely to see our president in the corner and jumping up and down.’’
It has not been an easy road for the 32-year-old, who has battled with stress fractures in her shins for most of the season.
Rowland did not even think the condition would allow her to finish the season.
She did not play the round-16 match against Avenel and was convinced the round 18 game against Lancaster would be her last.
‘‘I gave it my all and came out okay and just kept going week by week,’’ she said.
The treatment for the condition included dry needling, massage and constant icing, and Rowland would also wear compression pants when she played, to help with blood flow.
She had her shin stripped last week which she described as ‘‘really pulling the ligaments and things that are attached to the bone off it’’.
But the pay-off from all the precautions was they were not as painful for the grand final as they were in other weeks.
Rowland and her husband Lee, who works in the wine industry, lived in South Australia on and off for seven years and last season Rowland played with Littlehampton in the Adelaide Hills.
A mother of two, Rowland said the change of climate and becoming a mother might have contributed to the condition.
Rowland said she came back to find a ‘‘B-grade game to say goodbye to netball, and stayed in A-grade and just got over it week by week’’.
There is a strong connection between the team with only two players not linked somehow by blood, marriage or connections through relationships.
For Rowland, as well as her sister-in-law Lloyd, who is married to her brother Jake — she is cousins with Amanda Gledhill.
As well as the club, Rowland also thanked her husband and gave a special mention to Jake, the Tigers’ first-year senior coach who she said ‘‘without Jake we wouldn’t be here’’.
She was also happy her father Ray Lloyd was able to be there on Saturday after he had a stroke in 2010 while she was heavily pregnant with daughter Lillian.
‘‘Just to have him there was just brilliant,’’ she said.
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