Rutherglen has become a force in Tallangatta league netball this season. The Border Mail’s Beck O’Connell caught up with Cats’ shooter Britt Deegan to discuss her year.
BO: You’re a goal shooter or goal attack for Rutherglen and you’re having an amazing season so far, do you want to talk a little bit about it?
BD: We’ve pretty much got a whole new team this year. We’ve gelled together really well and are having some good wins. It’s a well-rounded competition this year with some really strong teams, so it’s good to be up there.
BO: You play Kiewa-Sandy Creek this week which is two v three, what are some of the key things you’re focusing on?
BD: We only lost to them by three last time, it was a good game. We’re just focusing on what we’ve been putting in at training and the game plans we’ve tried to learn over the season to put in a strong performance against them.
BO: You’ve got the inclusion of the superstar Emily Browne this year, how much of an impact do you think she’s had on the team?
BD: Obviously she’s an amazing player, but she’s a strong head on the court too, which is really handy. If you’re ever struggling, she’s got awesome advice because she’s pretty much another coach on the court for us.
BO: You guys are in the box seat to play finals this season. You haven’t played finals for a number of years, so how’s the vibe around the club?
BD: The vibe around the club is good this year because all teams down to under 15s could possibly play finals. It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve had so many teams in the top-five or six. Everyone is getting up and about.
BO: Which of the teams that are not quite in the top-five are going to help shape finals?
BD: Obviously there’s the favourties like Tallangatta and Kiewa, but this year is really hard because there’s a strong six or seven, so few good teams will miss out. Chiltern always come out strong no matter where they are on that ladder. Barny are another one that on their day can really get to you.
BO: Your mum (Lee) was a legend of the Ovens and Murray as a defender, how many tips does she try to give you as a shooter?
BD: She knows to stay well away from me and my netball (laughs). We come to blows whenever she tries to get involved, probably because I know I can tell her exactly how I feel about her. She tries to claim it, but she stays well away from me and my netball.
BO: Have you ever had any aspirations to move into the Ovens and Murray?
BD: I thought about it as a junior, but now as a senior with work and university, I’m quite happy playing Tallangatta league. I tried to play C-grade this year, but my mum wouldn’t pick me in the team (laughs). I’m quite content staying in the Tallangatta league.
BO: What are you studying at uni?
BD: Primary teaching.
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