GAWLER Central netball player Rosy Stibbs recently netted 200 games, after returning to the club from a two-year break.
Stibbs, who played her 200th game in round four of the Barossa, Light & Gawler senior six netball competition against South Gawler, joined the Tigers nearly 17 years ago.
“My aunty’s two sons were playing for Gawler Central, so when we moved to Gawler we just followed the family,” she said.
“I’ve come up from juniors and I’ve played anywhere from senior division four, five and six.
“Gawler Central has been like family for me.”
Despite never tasting the ultimate team success – a premiership – Stibbs has played in several grand finals, under coach Lauren Asher, along with winning the Vicki Coppin Memorial Club Shield.
But for the centre player, the highlight of her 17-year netball stint with the Tigers has been the friendships and team camaraderie.
“We’ve won lots of finals, but not grand finals, which is a shame, but the memorable part for me is making lots of friends along the way,” Stibbs said .
“There are girls who I’ve played with from juniors, through to seniors.
“I’ve played under some really great coaches, who have turned out as really good friends, and the girls I play with are very loyal.
“There’s no other club that I could play for – it would feel wrong if I deviated to another club or association.”
Despite hesitantly returning to netball after having a baby, Stibbs said she hasn’t looked back since taking to the court again.
“I was prepared for it to be a lot tougher than what it was, but my body held up quite well, considering having two years off and not doing much fitness at all,” she said.
“It feels good to be back out there – I didn’t know I missed it as much as I did.
“It’s been a great career with Gawler Central, and I wouldn’t picture myself playing with anyone else.”