ANDREA Bridgewater started her netball career as a defender but credits the chance to play in attack with her longevity in the sport.
The South Rovers stalwart will play her 250th match for the club in an A reserve clash against East Warrnambool at Walter Oval today.
“I started off as a defender and went into being a shooter. It makes it a bit easier,” Bridgewater said yesterday. “I don’t think I’d be playing if I wasn’t a shooter. You have more control of the game and the type of play.”
The milestone marks the latest chapter in a decorated Warrnambool and District league career which started after she shifted to Warrnambool in 1998.
Her netball resume includes two A reserve grand finals, losing to Merrivale in 2010 before going one step further against Deakin University in 2011.
Bridgewater has also twice come close to scoring league best-and-fairest honours. She was runner-up in 2013 and placed third in 2012.
“It’s definitely not about going out and accomplishing those achievements: it’s about going out to play as a team and bringing home a premiership,” she said.
Bridgewater said she would reflect on her career more when she retired, although she was keen to go out on a high by winning another flag.
“I wouldn’t celebrate it but it’s a milestone, definitely, especially being at the one club. You don’t realise until you stop and think back,” Bridgewater said.
“It’s been a great club to be involved with. Once I established friendships I’ve always been happy to stay there and be part of the club.
“They’re a good bunch of girls to be involved with.”
“You see them through the winter and at the end of the season you go your different ways. But you get together again come netball time.”