STACY Rohan was contemplating a year away from netball when she answered a phone call in the early part of the 2008 season.
Allansford coach Lindy Bellman was on the other end of the line. The Cats were short of players and Bellman thought Rohan could help.
“It was a Friday night before round two,” Rohan recalled yesterday.
“She heard I wasn’t playing netball that year and asked ‘would I be interested in playing for Allansford’ and to come and have a look on Saturday.”
The phone call finished with the parting message: make sure you bring your runners. Rohan did and was soon a regular fixture in the A grade side.
“I’ve been there ever since,” she said.
Rohan, 25, will today play her 100th A grade match when Allansford travels to take on Dennington.
Her club tally, which includes half-a-season spent in A reserve in 2009 after the birth of her daughter Nara, is about 110.
“The whole club, you get there and it’s so welcoming and it’s got such a great group of people. Everyone gets in and helps each other,” she said.
“My daughter is growing up there and everyone knows her. I feel comfortable on a Saturday when I’m playing netball that someone has an eye on her.”
Allansford has reached the halfway mark of the season in fourth spot with a 7-2 record, equal with Dennington and Panmure.
The Mel Harrop-coached Cats have a major chance to play finals, something which would be a welcome change for Rohan.
The defender is the sole A grade player who was at the club last season. An influx of quality recruits has sparked a rise up the ladder.
“It’s the most games I’ve won (in a season) playing with Allansford. It’s a totally different feeling winning each week,” Rohan said.
“I had forgot what that feeling was ... it’s good for the club and the footballers are doing well as well.”