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Memorable milestone for Misiti

Seymour stalwart Abby Misiti celebrated her 200th game with the Lions in style on Saturday with her team defeating Shepparton Swans in their Goulburn Valley Netball League B-grade clash.

GEORGINA CAHILL July 7, 2014 3:05am

Abby Misiti

Abby Misiti couldn’t have asked for a better result in her 200th game for Seymour on Saturday.

Her Goulburn Valley Netball League B-grade side claimed a 10-goal win against Shepparton Swans much to her delight.

‘‘The Swans are sort of the benchmark of the competition at the moment,’’ Misiti said.

‘‘It was a big match for us today and I’m so pleased with the girls that we were able to come away with the win.’’

Misiti’s husband Ricky plays in Seymour’s reserves side and also lined up for the club on Saturday.

Misiti first played for Seymour as a 15-year-old in 1998.

The self-confessed club girl played 10 seasons of A-grade and won five best-and-fairest awards.

Misiti coached A and B-grades in 2011-12, but while pregnant with her first child Oliver last year, what she couldn’t do on the court she did off it.

She took the reins as president of GVNL and took on a coaching role at Seymour.

‘‘I coached our under-17s last year to the grand final and we were runners-up,’’ Misiti said.

‘‘I had a great group of girls who are now coming through our A/B squad, so I’m playing with a couple of them now, which is nice.’’

Misiti stepped down as president this year, but remains heavily involved with the league as senior vice-president and secretary.

The 31-year old played most of her games in A-grade, but the new mum has returned through B-grade where she has taken on a leadership role.

‘‘Obviously I’d love to get back there (to A-grade),’’ Misiti said.

‘‘League life membership is 200 A-grade games, so I just missed out on that, so I’m hopeful I might be able to get back up there next year, but we’ll see what happens, there are lots of young talented girls around.’’

B-grade captain Tegan Hansen also lined up for a milestone on Saturday and played her 150th game.

‘‘We played a lot of A-grade netball together and we’re both in the Bs this year, so it was nice for both of us to get the win today,’’ Misiti said.

While Misiti has played in six finals series, she hasn’t advanced past an elimination final, but it’s the friendships she has formed that are most important to her.

‘‘I’ve won some best-and-fairests, but I think that the friendships are the nicest thing about it,’’ she said.

‘‘The girls that I’ve made lifelong friendships with, being on the committee and being able to give back and coach.’’

The end might be in sight on the court, but off the court Misiti just loves being involved in the sport.

‘‘I love being at the club and I’m a real club girl,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m hopeful to maybe play next season and then that might be it I think.

‘‘One more season and then I’ll retire and let the young girls have a go.’’

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