Katie Vandermeer will play her 200th game for Mooroopna today in the final home-and-away match for the season, broken down to 57 A-grade games, 100 B-grade games and 43 B-reserve games.
Katie Vandermeer says one of the reasons she wanted to return to play netball this season was to reach her 400th league game.
Unbeknown to her, Vandermeer already reached that mark last season.
‘‘I found out I finished on 407 last year, but I didn’t know it,’’ she said.
Vandermeer will play her 200th game for Mooroopna today in the final home-and-away match for the season, broken down to 57 A-grade games, 100 B-grade games and 43 B-reserve games.
It will take her total number of Goulburn Valley Netball League games to 424, having played 185 games with Shepparton United and 39 games with Shepparton, where her career began in A-grade aged 17.
Vandermeer said she switched to United because that was where her friends were playing, and then she eventually joined the Cats where her husband, Jeff, was.
‘‘(The milestone makes me feel) not old, but you think, ‘wow how quick time has gone’, because you start playing when you’re 17 in the GV league and all of a sudden you’re 42 and there’s all those games,’’ she said.
The midcourter won the club’s B-grade best and fairest in 2004 and was runner-up in B-reserve the past two seasons and has also provided extensive service on the club’s committees.
Vandermeer is a three-time premiership player with United’s B-grade team, but making the finals for the first time with the Cats three years ago was one of her highlights with the club.
Another was the day Mooroopna swept three football and three netball games against Tongala back when the Blues were still in the league.
‘‘When I came over to Mooroopna, the football was pretty low as well and we had six wins against Tongala,’’ she said.
‘‘It was my first or second year at Mooroopna, so that was a good day for everyone.’’
After today’s match against her former club United, Vandermeer will play an elimination final with the B-reserve team and said the side was feeling confident they could prevail.
The mother of Laitham, 14, and Poppy, 7, said the friendships and family environment was the best part of playing at the club.
‘‘It’s great taking the kids there and watching them grown up and now Laitham is coming up through the under-14s and he will be in the thirds in a couple of years,’’ she said.
Vandermeer did not rule out returning next season to extend an already impressive career.
‘‘I’m not sure. I won’t say no, just in case, but we’ll see how I’m feeling over the summer,’’ she said.
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