MELLISSA McKenzie is likely to see a family member wherever shes looks at Timboon games.
The Demons netballer is the daughter of senior football coach Mick Hunt.
Her twin brothers Ashley and Thomas play in their dad’s team, while her cousin Cloe Marr – the recently crowned Warrnambool and District league best and fairest – is her teammate.
McKenzie said it was those family links which made returning to the netball court this season an enticing prospect.
She said she’d “always been around the club” and with her dad’s heavy involvement “it was never going to be any other way”.
“It’s a community club. When you move to Melbourne you try and be involved in sport but nothing is the same as what it is here,” McKenzie said.
The mother-of-three jumped into centre to help fill pregnant coach Kelly Gowland’s void this season.
McKenzie, who is busy raising Indii, 5, Jack, 3, and Sienna, 18 months with husband Nathan, said netball had given her an outlet.
She will line up against Dennington in the A grade preliminary final on Saturday at Reid Oval.
“Everything is coming together (for me) in the last few rounds,” McKenzie said.
“The fitness came quick enough and the tactical stuff is coming together now.”
McKenzie said triple reigning premier Dennington was the hot favourite.
But she expects the Demons to relish their underdog status.