For Euroa's Megan O'Bree there is more to playing netball and winning, it's about the friendships the 250-gamer has made along the way.MATTHEW GALEA April 28, 2014 3:15am
Megan O’Bree has played through plenty of tough times for Euroa.
It was fitting then, her 250th game for the club and her 200th A-grade game should come in the midst of something of a revival for the Magpies.
Anzac Day’s two-goal loss to Seymour perhaps did not give the occasion the desired result, but O’Bree said it’s never been about winning for her.
‘‘I’ve played 250 games, but I’m not sure how many of those would be wins. I’d guess it’s not a great percentage,’’ O’Bree said.
‘‘To be honest, we don’t think about results.
‘‘It’s nice to win, but we’re not in it just to win. I’ve always just played with my mates, so it was nice to see a lot more people there from the earlier years on Friday.
‘‘It’s more about the friends you make.’’
O’Bree started at the Magpies as a 15-year-old playing B-reserve having made the switch from basketball.
She rose through the ranks quickly, and did a lot of travel to stay in the A-grade set-up during her years at university.
‘‘The first year (at university) was hardest because I didn’t turn 18 until later on,’’ O’Bree said.
‘‘My coach at the time Jamie (Carracher) would drive me up because she was living in Melbourne at the time.
‘‘If it wasn’t her then it would be an uncle or whoever was available, otherwise I’d have to get on the train.’’
O’Bree’s time at Euroa has only been interrupted by a three-year stint at Yea between 2009 and 2011.
‘‘It was a different standard. I went over there and was involved in winning some games and playing some finals,’’ O’Bree said.
‘‘But once Kelly Hill came back to Euroa, she was on my back about coming back and I did.’’
The Magpies began revitalising in 2012 and under Jenny Barlow that continues, with O’Bree playing in her first final for the club last year, a moment she considers a career highlight.
‘‘To go from generally being around if not on the bottom of the ladder, it was nice to play a final with a different atmosphere,’’ O’Bree said.
‘‘I’m the first to play 200 A-grade games, but it’s not something I think about.
‘‘It is nice to know after all those years of struggling and not winning that I can still be part of a an A-grade side that is a lot more competitive.’’
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