Stawell legend Tracey Dark set to play 400th game

MILESTONE: Tracey Dark will become SFNC's first netballer to reach 400 games. In that time she has won seven best and fairest awards, and has been inducted as a life member of the SNFC and WNA. Picture: Stawell Times-News.

MILESTONE: Tracey Dark will become SFNC's first netballer to reach 400 games. In that time she has won seven best and fairest awards, and has been inducted as a life member of the SNFC and WNA. Picture: Stawell Times-News.

Tracey Dark will become the first netballer in the history of the Stawell Football and Netball Club to play 400 games.

Dark will reach the milestone when Stawell host Dimboola on Saturday.

Club president and close friend Debbie Bach said she is incredibly proud of Dark.

“Tracey is a legend of our club,” she said.

“We are so proud of her to be the first to reach this milestone.”

Dark has won numerous accolades in her time for Warriors and Stawell, including three A Grade league best and fairest awards and four club best and fairest awards.

She was also inducted as a Life Member of the Stawell club in 2007 and of the Wimmera Netball Association in 2014. Dark has played 290 A Grade games and 109 in B Grade.

Bach said Dark’s off field efforts are just as impressive and vast as her on field ones.

“She has coached and developed so many juniors over the years at our club,” she said.

“Whether it be creating programs or umpiring or a long list of other things, Tracey has always been involved.”

Bach said Dark’s longevity has been amazing.

“Tracey will be as determined in her 400th match as she was in her first,” she said.

“She gives so much on the court, always encouraging and giving direction to her teammates.

“Tracey has been great for our younger players. She plays hard and fair, and always puts the team first.” 

Dark has managed to continue her netball career well after having children.

“Tracey has always been reasonably lucky with injuries,” Bach said.

“She has been able to avoid having long periods of time out of the game.

“She works very hard during the week to keep fit and active to keep her in good stead for weekends.”

Stawell will celebrate Dark’s milestone on Saturday night. Bach said it will be an opportunity to recognise all that she has done for the club.

“I know how much this club means to Tracey and how much she loves it,” she said. “I am so proud to call her my friend.” 

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