AGE is the main difference Alison Tewierik has noticed between the Eastern and Western Regional State League Netball competitions.
“It’s a lot younger down this way,” she said.
“In Gippsland I was one of the younger people on the team, but down here, at 31, I’m one of the eldest.”
Tewierik moved to the south-west from Maffra in December last year to take up a job at Murray Goulburn in Koroit. Last season she played with the Mid Gippsland Green side in the Eastern Regional State League.
She was named in the mid-court for the Eastern Regional all-stars side, which is made up of the four top voted players from the MVP votes in each third of the court across the season.
Tewierik is playing for the Hampden White in the Western Regional side after getting in contact with Netball Victoria to express her interest.
“They put me in contact with Stacey (O’Sullivan) and I’ve ended up in Hampden white,” she said.
“I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s a quicker game, much quicker than Saturday netball.
“It’s a good look into what to expect from the Saturday season as well. There are some very skilful girls playing in state league.”
The Warrnambool resident has been training with Cobden and looks set to take up a position with the Bombers when the Hampden league season gets under way in April.
She said the state league competition was a good way to work on fitness ahead of the season proper.
“For me, being new to the area it gives me a bit of an idea what the Saturday competition will be like,” she said.
“You do state league and then go straight into the regular season. Then it’s such a long break between the end of the season and state league starting again.
“So the focus at the minute is my fitness to get me ready for the new season, which isn’t that far away.”
Tewierik’s Hampden White have two wins from two games and head into tonight’s match against Warrnambool District as red hot favourites.
In other open grade matches, Hampden Green will play Colac and District and Warrnambool City will take on the winless Hamilton.
In 17 and Under matches, Warrnambool City play Warrnambool District, Colac District take on Camperdown Night, and Hampden White tackle Hampden Green.
Open matches start from 8.30pm with 17 and under games from 7.15pm at the Warrnambool Stadium.