NATIMUK United A Grade player Danielle Fleay has lived at Natimuk her entire life.
Her father, Willie Hanson, is a club legend and so she was always destined to don the blue and yellow.
“I’ve been at Natimuk United ever since I could start playing netball,” she said.
Fleay said there was a special feeling about the Ewes side, one that has barely changed throughout the past few seasons.
“The core of our group hasn’t changed. It’s really good to see we can keep beating teams even when we haven’t changed,” she said.
“Last year’s premiership was the first one I had actually played in. A Grade is something I strive for and being there makes it all worthwhile.
“The pub had a band on that night so there was a good atmosphere. There are a lot of people who come from Horsham and then a few of us who live at Natimuk, so it probably meant a bit more to us.”
Fleay said she had been inspired by the talent of many of her teammates, but especially defender Jo Taylor.
“Jo Taylor sticks out. She just came fourth in the league best and fairest and she is just an absolute gun,” she said.
“She is someone I look up to, but the whole team gets on so well. They are all like my older sisters. They are all still going strong.”
Along with playing netball, Fleay also sits on the committee as the secretary of the club.
“I was secretary back when my dad was president, so I have been on and off the committee for years,” she said.
“I wanted to put my hand up again to be involved in that sort of way.”
Heading into another grand final, Fleay said there was a feeling of anticipation for Saturday’s game.
“We just want to get out there and for it to be the day already,” she said.