MOST 200-game netballers are club veterans, probably closer to the end of their careers than the start.
Not Noradjuha-Quantong’s Sammi Avery.
Avery notched up 200 games with the Bombers at the weekend despite still being eligible to play juniors.
Avery, 17, started with the club when she was eight and after excelling in the junior ranks has become a fixture in the club’s A Grade side this year.
She has not only survived in senior competition, but thrived.
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Avery is one of only seven players in the league averaging 20 or more goals a game this season.
She said reaching 200 games was a big personal achievement.
“It meant a lot to get it at one club, and it was just very exciting,” she said.
“Because I’m so young it was a massive milestone for me.
“I was pretty shocked when I found out I was going to play my 200th game because I didn’t think I was anywhere near that.”
Avery celebrated the milestone with 28 goals in a win over Swifts.
She said it was special to have her team-mates congratulate her on the day.
In addition to her 200-game milestone, Avery said her biggest achievements were premierships.
She said she had been part of four or five premierships with the Bombers.
Avery said she was not sure if this year’s A Grade side would add to her list of premierships, but it was doing all it could to play finals.
“The competition is incredibly hard to make the five, but right now we’re in there so hopefully it stays that way,” she said.