While the return to netball has been a long wait for many, it's been prolonged for Wangaratta star Chaye Crimmins.
The back-to-back premiership player was forced to watch her beloved Pies' round one clash against Wodonga Raiders from the sidelines after tearing a ligament in her ankle during basketball training.
The countdown to Crimmins' Ovens and Murray netball return continues, with several more weeks on the sideline expected before her long-awaited return.
"I'm at the rehab stage now, so fingers crossed it's not too much longer," she said.
"I've just started running this week and it's feeling good so hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be able to do a bit more.
"To get half a game under my belt would be nice.
"It was really frustrating when it happened because everything was getting back up and running, but I couldn't start."
While Wangaratta has kept their winning formula much the same to recent seasons, they've welcomed the inclusion of two newcomers.
Ebony Norris has joined the side from the club's under-16s, while Rachelle Petts has stepped up from B-grade.
Petts was among the Magpies' best performers during their 25-goal win against Raiders on Good Friday.
"They did a fantastic job," Crimmins said.
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"It's really exciting knowing that we have people who are able to fill spots and make it a seamless transition.
"They're great listeners and I think everyone worked well together."
Wangaratta will now face Myrtleford for a round-two night game.
The Saints are coming off the back of a win against North Albury last weekend.
"I think having the night games brings a good crowd, especially playing against a club like Myrtleford who has a lot of supporters," Crimmins said.
"It should be a good atmosphere."
Wangaratta will also finally unveil their 2019 premiership flag, in what has been a long wait for the club.
"It's pretty exciting," Crimmins said.
"It's a great time to look back on and it's good to finally be able to unveil it."
Lavington will also host Wodonga Raiders for a night game this weekend, while Wodonga Bulldogs and Yarrawonga are set for a twilight clash.
Albury Tigers will meet Corowa-Rutherglen at the Albury Sports Ground, with North Albury and Wangaratta Rovers to complete the round-two match-ups.
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