Yarrawonga netball coach Bridget Cassar to play 200th match for Pigeons in Ovens and Murray

Laura Bourke and Bridget Cassar celebrate Yarrawonga's premiership last season. Cassar has played in seven fags for the Pigeons.
Laura Bourke and Bridget Cassar celebrate Yarrawonga's premiership last season. Cassar has played in seven fags for the Pigeons.

YARRAWONGA coach Bridget Cassar will become the fifth Pigeon to notch up 200 A grade matches when she takes the court against Corowa-Rutherglen at J.C. Lowe Oval on Saturday.

The star shooter joins Tracy Gillies, Lauren Mulquiney, Sarah Wollington and Bri Cossor in reaching the milestone.

“I said to Dad during the week that I’ve played with such a great group of people who have been constant over the years,” Cassar sad.

“I’ve been really fortunate over the years.

“As I’m getting older you appreciate it a lot more.”

Gillies, 31, debuted in A grade as a 14-year-old in 2000 and has gone on to play in seven premierships.

She has coached four on those winning sides.

“It’s a very special group and has been for years,” she said.

Cassar and her father, Robert Tait, are the first daughter-father combination to play 200 A grade and senior football matches in Ovens and Murray.

“My body feels great at the moment and, as long as I can keep giving, I’ll continue to play for the club. I love it,” she said.

“I’m been really fortunate to have had so much family support over the years.

“My Nan (Mary Carroll) is 87 and doesn’t miss.

“It’s been amazing.”

Meanwhile, Wangaratta’s Hannah Grady  and Issy Byrne will bring up 100 club games against Albury at Norm Minns Oval on Saturday.

Lavington defender Rhiannon Dolahenty hopes to be back before the finals after breaking her arm in a gym mishap.