Player profile: Emily Hateley, Natimuk United

NEXT STEP: Natimuk United's Emily Hateley hopes to win her first premiership with the Ewes this year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NEXT STEP: Natimuk United's Emily Hateley hopes to win her first premiership with the Ewes this year. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NATIMUK United's Emily Hateley has achieved plenty in more than 10 years at the club.

Starting at about age 11, Hateley progressed through the junior ranks to eventually join the A Grade side.

Along the way she was the joint winner of the 15 and under league best and fairest award in 2002.

However, there is one goal that has eluded Hateley and the Ewes a premiership.

Not since 1994 has the club won a netball premiership at any level.

Hateley said it was her goal to be involved in the next one.

"I only played in one A Grade grand final and I was still in 17 and under at the time so I only played one quarter," she said.

"Every year we say 'this year', but we're all playing well now and our coaches Shurlee and Cheryl have been awesome."

With the Ewes sitting second on the ladder with an 11-3 record, they look the most likely challengers to reigning premier Harrow-Balmoral's dominance.

Hateley, who can play both midcourt and attack, has been a big part of that success.

Coach Cheryl Sudholz described her as one of the 'unsung' members of the team.

"My best attribute is that I'm always pretty positive and don't get worried about too much," Hateley said.

"Netball is a much more mental sport now where if you can be a happy and positive team you'll go a lot further.

"I think it's our turn every year we nearly get there and then it goes downhill in the finals, so hopefully we stay positive and go all the way for once."

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