Netball | Wodonga Raiders' Amy Hudson marks 100 games at just 17

At just 17 years of age, Amy Hudson will play her 100th Ovens and Murray game for Raiders on Saturday. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

At just 17 years of age, Amy Hudson will play her 100th Ovens and Murray game for Raiders on Saturday. Picture: DYLAN ROBINSON

PLENTY of girls have racked up three digits in Ovens and Murray netball, but not too many will have done it by the age of 17.

Amy Hudson will line up for Wodonga Raiders this weekend in B grade against Yarrawonga to mark the 100-game milestone.

The goalshooter resisted her granddad’s plans to play at crosstown rival Bulldogs and joined the Raiders at 13.

“There was no under-16s then so I went straight into C grade,” Hudson said.

“It was very physical and very different to what I had been playing at Kelly Park and the Wodonga Leisure Centre.

“I just ran heaps.

“Pop wanted me to play at Wodonga but dad is a Raiders’ man and he wasn’t having any of that.”

Hudson said there was a good spirit at the club despite a winless A grade year.

“This season has probably been my best, I’ve moved into B grade and played too many to go back and play finals in C grade,” she said.

“It has gone so fast and with at least a couple of teams in finals there is a positive feel around the club.

“I’m sure mum has something planned for Saturday but I’ll be treating it as just another game.”

Raiders president Leonie Mooney said she too sensed a change in fortune.

“It’s a great milestone for Amy — she is one of the younger girls to get there, often doubling up in senior games on the one day,” she said.

“Haylee O’Neill had her 150th game a couple of weeks back and we have had a number of our under-16s celebrate 50 games this year.

“We are a very young club, have the under-16s and third grade looking at finals and the A grade has closed the gap on the opposition.”

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