WHILE Bungaree could not get a in over Waubra in Saturday’s B Grade Central Highlands Netball, the day was not much less special for Bungaree stalwart, Kerryn Drew, who played her 400th game.
Drew, who will turn 40 in September, did not plan to reach this milestone when she started playing the game in 1988.
“I started playing at Bungaree in the 15 and under, that was the youngest age group we had back then,” she said. “I have always played here, had a few years off with babies (three) and had injury last year –a shoulder reco. and wrist operation last year, so I was going to retire and wasn’t going to come back but I knew I had this coming up, so I’m prepared to say this is definitely my last year, I’m feeling my age and my injury.” Bungaree, like most small communities, centres around its sport and the CFA and in Kerryn’s case most of her family are or have been involved with the Bungaree club.
“There is my sister Amanda, myself and my youngest sister Katrina, who is not playing this year but has filled in a couple of times, my brother plays footy and my daughter Kasey plays in the 13 and under,” Kerryn said. “My husband, Glen, played football a couple of years here at Bungaree but he played out at Beaufort. “This club (Bungaree) has come a long way, its a great place to be around, great people.”
Kerryn said the highlight of her netball career has obviously been playing her 400th game but a win in both A Grade and B Grade in the 2009 grand final was special, as well.
”I wasn’t going to play that year, I’d had a baby, but we had a girl that had to stop playing due to illness so I made a comeback and it was fantastic,” she said. As well as taking to the court Kerryn takes care of a lot of the administration for the club.
“My mum used to do it and when she got sick of it she passed it on to me, so I’ve been doing it forever,” she joked.
Final score: Bungaree 31 Waubra 42