The reigning Wilma Wallace Medal winner has been adjusting to new surrounds this year.
Anna Archie, who took at the Warrnambool and District league's A grade best and fairest with Nirranda in 2019, has relocated to the Mallee.
Archie explained she moved up to Swan Hill for work and a change of scenery in January.
She worked at a dairy farm for three months while waiting to be accepted into the Victoria Police Academy.
In the meantime, she scored a job as Lake Boga's A grade and 17 and under netball coach in the Central Murray Football Netball League. She confirmed she's also going to coach there in 2021.
She said the club helped her land the farm work.
Unfortunately, the senior netball season didn't get under way as was the case in many Victorian leagues due to coronavirus.
By Anzac Day she was getting her first taste of the police force and completed eight weeks' training.
Since June she has been working as a custody officer at Swan Hill police station.
"It's been a really good change," Archie said her new job.
"Definitely challenging in more aspects than one."
The star netballer has also kept busy with another new role.
She reached out to a Swan Hill business which supports kids with disabilities and learning disabilities.
Archie said her role involved helping with general day-to-day life and playing sport with the youngsters.
The New Zealander misses her "Australian family" in the south-west.
"Nirranda, over the years, not just last year, gave me a lot of time and support," she said.
"It was neat to come back to the club and have another season."
Archie returned to the Blues for 2019 after previously coaching the top-grade side in 2013.
She said Lake Boga, like Nirranda, had made her feel welcome.
"It's an extremely warm and inviting club," she said.
"You're made to feel very at home here."
The midcourter said it was hard not being able to easily visit her family on New Zealand's south island.
She thinks it would be a six-week turnaround to go home for a fortnight and get back - considering coronavirus pandemic self-isolation requirements.
Archie said it was difficult to get out and meet people in her new town given the pandemic.
But she's thankful for the support she has.
"I'm extremely grateful to the football-netball club and police station," she said.
"You feel like you've been there a while, they're good to have around."
Surf boat rowing at Port Campbell was another passion of Archie's in the south-west.
She's no longer by the sea but "right on the Murray River".
When pandemic restrictions ease she's hoping to join a women's rowing group and glide along Lake Boga.
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