Ararat Rats netballer Megan Shea looks back on a career that has spanned more than 30 years

VETERAN: Megan Shea has been part of the Ararat Football Netball Club for more than 30 years. Picture: Peter Pickering
VETERAN: Megan Shea has been part of the Ararat Football Netball Club for more than 30 years. Picture: Peter Pickering

Megan Shea has a netball career that almost any Wimmera player could only hope for when they start out.

Five Wimmera Netball Association A Grade best and fairests and more than 400 senior games but the Ararat goal shooter has taken a step back in the sport in recent years.

The Marian College teacher said her juniors was spent playing basketball more than netball but after someone pointed out the similarities, Shea embraced the opportunity.

“I was more a basketballer in juniors then obviously with my height went into football and netball as a natural progression,” she said.

“I got asked to tryout in year eight or nine after playing representative basketball since under-10s and then found my way to the Ararat Football Netball Club in 1986.”

She was captain of the winning Mobil Cup team in 1996 when she said was one of the most exciting memories.

“After that, I got selected for Victoria Country off the back of that for two years and got to go down to the Victorian Institute of Sport and be involved in that,” she said.

‘There were more pathways with netball, there was no career paths for basketball and it was hard to move up to the next level at that stage.”

The club veteran was notched up thousands of hours on the court during her career.

“I am getting close to 500 games, I am happy that I have my 400 A Grade games and 450 club games, I am happy with that along with my five Wimmera Netball Association best and fairests which I am proud of,” she said.