It will be an unusual experience for sisters Melissa Burt and Lisa Anders when they step out onto the netball courts at Reid Oval on Satrurday in opposing teams.
Burt, 24, coaches Dennington’s A grade side, which is vying for a four-peat of Warrnambool and District league flags, and will be eager to lead the club to history in her first year in charge.
Anders, 35, who was influenced by A grade coach Steph Townsend to join Nirranda, will be in navy blue, keen to help the club end an 18-year premiership drought.
“We have always played on the same team and this is the first time we are playing for different teams and it just so happens that we are coming up against each other in the grand final,” Burt said.
“When Lisa beat us a couple of weeks ago (in the semi-final) she came up to me and said ‘I’m happy but I’m sad at the same time’ and I think we both kind of feel that.”
Throwing even more fuel on the fire is Anders’ daughter Olivia will be a vital player in the Dogs’ under 17 side, which is also coached by Burt, drive towards glory against Old Collegians.
Olivia said there was no tension in the Anders household as Saturday approaches.
“We are pretty supportive of each other at home,” the 16-year-old goal keeper said.