TALLANGATTA LEAGUE | Barnawartha building a netball dynasty

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Rylee Butters-Hamilton, 12, Michelle Hamilton, and Chloe Butters-Hamilton, 16, all won club best-and-fairest awards for Barnawartha. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Rylee Butters-Hamilton, 12, Michelle Hamilton, and Chloe Butters-Hamilton, 16, all won club best-and-fairest awards for Barnawartha. Picture: ELENOR TEDENBORG

SOMETHING of a family dynasty is brewing at Barnawartha. 

Club stalwart Michelle Hamilton, who has played for the Tigers since 1997, won the club's C-grade best-and-fairest – but that's not all.

Remarkably, her daughters Chloe and Rylee took out the club's top honour in the A-Grade and under-13 grade respectively.

After making some room on the mantle for the family's sudden abundance of silverware, Hamilton said netball must be in the family's genes.

“The kids are always out the back shooting and playing, we've got a bit of concrete and a hoop out there,” she said.

“We've got another daughter who's six, she'll be a part of it all too soon enough.

“The girls have pretty much had no choice but to play with me, they've practically grown up on the side of the court.”

Hamilton has spent the majority of her playing career with the Tigers, with the exception of a one-year stint with the Wodonga Raiders in the Ovens and Murray during the early 2000's.

“I'm part of the furniture out there now,” she said.

“It's a great family club – we love it out there.”

The Hamilton clan also fared well in the league's best and fairest counts.

Rylee was the 13 and under runner up behind Chiltern's Ella Vandermeer, while Chloe finished equal third in the count, behind the second placed Anna Avery and Andrea Eales, as Thurgoona's Sharla Sutcliffe took out the top honour.

The Tigers’ A-Grade team finished seventh on the Tallangatta League ladder in 2016.

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