TIMBOON Demons defender Cloe Marr could be the most excited of Warrnambool and District league’s interleague debutantes.
The 24-year-old will line up in defence for Warrnambool and District when it takes on Colac and District at Central Reserve, Colac today.
Her inclusion comes in her first season back in the league after stints with Hampden league clubs South Warrnambool and Cobden.
And she can’t wait. Interleague was never a consideration when Marr rejoined her junior club but she has relished the experience.
She is one of three Demons players in the Lisa Arundell-coached side. Sisters Hayley and Kelly Plozza will also wear the red, blue and yellow lycra.
“I’m very excited. I’m thrilled I get to meet some other league players, I haven’t played in this league for seven years or so,” Marr said.
“I get to know some of the girls, I’m not playing against them, I’m playing with them.
“And also with Hayley and Kelly playing, I couldn’t ask for anything more. I get along with those two so well.”
She will have Lisa Anders and Kelly Mullen as her defensive sidekicks today, although a finger injury to Anders could force a change.
Marr said she had been surprised at how well she had gelled with Mullen during trials and training the past month.
“Her and I clicked just like that. It feels like I’ve played with her my whole life,” she said.
“I rocked up at interleague training and it was like you’ve got left, you’ve got right.”
The Warrnambool and District side also includes Steph Townsend, Steph Jamieson, Meagan Forth, Chantelle Moloney and Melissa Burt.
Arundell said she was pleased with how the side had come together, although she was yet to see every player together at the one session.
“We’ve worked around it. We’re probably lucky quite a few of the girls played together in (Western Regional) State League,” she said.
Arundell believed the strength of the side lay in its defence, despite the untimely injury to Anders.
“Defensively, there are no issues there whatsoever. Offensively, I would’ve preferred the girls to have more time to work together but it is what it is,” she said.
“They have worked together before and it’s not like Kelly and Hayley don’t know each other. And Steph and Hayley are combining really well as well.”
Arundell urged league officials to keep netball as part of interleague fixtures in future years. “I think it’s a good thing to match ourselves against another league and see how we come out.”