TIMBOON Demons’ A grade netball team is bringing added meaning to the term ‘family club’.
The Warrnambool and District league preliminary final side features five mums who share 13 children between them.
Coach Kelly Gowland is a mum to the youngest member of the group, five-month-old Ellis.
Her sister Hayler Plozza has three children – Aysha, Rory and Gretel.
Indii, Jack and Sienna belong to centre Mellissa McKenzie and league best and fairest winner Cloe Marr has Alice and Oliver.
Belinda Doolan has the biggest tribe as a mum-of-four to Judd, Cooper, Spencer and Lacey.
Gowland said the Demons wanted parents to remain actively involved in the club.
“It is really good. The club is trying to encourage her our mums to come back and play and continue to be involved,” she said. “There’s always someone there looking out for them (the kids on game days).
“It’s a little difficult when the weather is not so good but when the weather’s fine we let them off the leash and have a run around.
“Most rec reserves have a playground which is nice.”
Gowland, who has led the Demons to a preliminary final berth against Dennington, said the players’ children ranged in age from seven to five months.
“We were picking out who is going to play where,” she said, tongue-in-cheek. “My sister’s kid Gretel is tall so she’ll be good down the defensive end like her mum.”