Player profile: Tiffany Boatman, Ararat

ON THE RISE: Ararat defender Tiffany Boatman, right, pictured representing the Wimmera Netball Association's open interleague team in May, has become an important member of the Rats' finals-bound side. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ON THE RISE: Ararat defender Tiffany Boatman, right, pictured representing the Wimmera Netball Association's open interleague team in May, has become an important member of the Rats' finals-bound side. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ARARAT'S Tiffany Boatman is going from strength to strength in her first full season of senior netball.

Boatman, 17, was named among the Rats' best players in their upset 34-31 A Grade win over two-time reigning premier Horsham at the weekend.

"It was awesome it was kind of like a mini grand final for us," she said.

"We went in really confident and we said to ourselves, 'we can do this'.

"We put our heads down, we played our game and we did it."

The multi-talented Boatman -  a semi-finalist in the Strickland Family Women's Gift at Stawell earlier this year - has been a consistent performer for the Rats in defence this season.

She was a joint Wimmera Netball Assocation 17 and under best and fairest winner in 2013 and played in the Wimmera association's open interleague win against North Central Netball Assocation in May.

Boatman said after playing a combination of under-17s and A Grade games last season, she was enjoying her first full-time season of senior competition.

"It's a big adjustment but I've gotten used to it now and I really enjoy it," she said.

"It's really tough competition every week and good fun."

Boatman said she had experience in a variety of positions, but was happy to play where needed.

"Last year I played goal attack in the under-17s and then goal defence, keeper or wing defence in A Grade," she said.

"My favourite's probably centre but I'm just happy to be on the court."

Boatman said if her team continued its form, it could be a chance to go one step further than last year.

"We should hopefully go pretty deep into finals," she said.

"Maybe we can come away with it this year."

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