She’s one of the competition’s most respected players and this weekend will mark 300 club games for Sarah Senini at Lavington.
The 2011 Toni Wilson Medallist and 2013 premiership player with the Panthers will reach the milestone against North Albury at Bunton Park on Saturday afternoon.
Senini started with the club in 2003 and played her first season in B grade, before moving up to A grade.
She has also represented the Ovens and Murray numerous times, featuring in the side that claimed the 2008 Victorian Netball Association Championships title.
Senini admitted she’s not one for person accolades and is most excited to be sharing the day with two other player’s milestones.
Clubmate Klara Glaw has her 150th game for the Panthers, while Hollie Kinning will line up against Senini for the Hoppers in her 250th club game.
“Klara and I are both on the board for the club as the netball reps,” Senini said.
“She’s such an integral part of how we run the netball club, so it’s nice to be able to share it with her too.
“She’s a pretty special member of our club.”
The 2013 A-grade premiership against Yarrawonga is the clear highlight for Senini and she still remembers it like it was yesterday.
“I can picture different moments, different teammates all contributed throughout that particular season,” she said.
“In the semi-final against Wodonga, Kate Yensch came through with this cracking intercept and we won by a goal.”
But it’s the friendships she’s developed that she cherishes the most.
“It’s my social life going to netball and my closest friends are those that I’ve played netball with,” Senini said.
“Sarah Meredith, Kate Yensch and I have been at the club since they came along in 2005 and I was there in 2003 and have played most of my netball with them.
“My closest friends Tam Mathews and Kelly Simpson are still at the club.
“Tam took me under her wing in my first year and I’ve never looked back.
“I owe a big part of my life to those girls.”
Kinning has enjoyed her journey at the Hoppers.
“It's a lot of netball,” Kinning said.
“I've loved every minute of it though at North Albury.
“There are a lot more younger girls playing these days.
“When I started playing there were only a few in the side.”
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