Megan Methven thanked her mum Sue for driving her to Timboon Demons netball games when she accepted the A reserve best and fairest award last night.
But the person she needed to pay tribute to was her father Robert, who had spent years urging her to play netball.
The 17-year-old revealed she had never had much interest in the sport and it was only after a lot of persuasion from her father, as well as her friend and junior coach Cathy Dendle, she entertained the idea.
Her older sister Brooke had started playing, so she made the move three years ago.
In her short career, she has two under 17 premierships with the Demons and last night’s league best and fairest award to her credit.
“I’m loving it,” she said.
Methven is hoping to add an A reserve premiership to her growing list of achievements with the Demons, having finished on top of the ladder.
But she had some bad news for Demons supporters.
“It’s been great,” she said.
“But it’s going to be my last year. It’s a bit disappointing but at least I am going out with this and hopefully a premiership.”
She intends studying primary teaching at university in Ballarat next year and doubts she will be making the trips back to her family’s Simpson home.
The goal shooter polled 31 votes to comfortably win last night’s A reserve top honour from Panmure’s Lisa Andrew, who finished with 24 votes. Methven dominated the count, polling in 13 games. She picked up eight three votes, two twos and three ones.
Three players tied for third on 18 votes: South Rovers’ Andrea Bridgewater, Methven’s teammate Jacqui Wallace and Russells Creek’s Michelle Osborne.
Methven and Wallace will be part of the Demons outfit that takes on Panmure on Saturday in the second semi-final.