Di makes his­tory with 200 games

Southern Riverina news - - Sport -

Di Sexton played her 200th A grade game for the Fin­ley Net­ball Club, against Tocumwal, on Satur­day.

The in­dus­tri­ous mid­courter is the first net­baller to achieve the dou­ble-ton mile­stone in the club’s his­tory.

Her ca­reer is lit­tered with achieve­ments, in­clud­ing A grade best and fairest in 1991, 2005 and 2006, and run­ners-up ac­co­lades in 1997 and 2010.

Di’s skill as a net­baller has been punc­tu­ated by Mur­ray Net­ball League se­lec­tion at in­ter-league com­pe­ti­tions.

She has also played many more A grade net­ball games in the Pi­cola League (Blighty) and in Can­berra.

Her ded­i­ca­tion to the sport and Fin­ley Foot­ball and Net­ball Club is not solely as a player.

Un­til re­cently, Di has co­or­di­nated the Net Set Go net­ball pro­gram for lo­cal pri­mary school chil­dren.

She ran the pro­gram for many years en­sur­ing that Fin­ley girls had a won­der­ful in­tro­duc­tion to the game and a great foun­da­tion for their fu­ture as a net­baller.

Di has also coached ju­nior teams in ev­ery age group, most re­cently the un­der-12s in 2011 and U-13s in 2009-10. She also coached A grade in the 1990s and most of the 2000s, most re­cently A grade from 2010-12, and B grade in 2010.

The star cen­tre has suc­cess­fully com­pleted Foun­da­tion and De­vel­op­ment Level coach­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions and is now com­plet­ing her Level 2 qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Her ded­i­ca­tion to the de­vel­op­ment and con­tin­ual im­prove­ment of lo­cal play­ers at both the ju­nior and se­nior level is un­par­al­leled.

‘‘She is gen­er­ous at shar­ing her wealth of knowl­edge about the game to all those who want to learn,’’ a club spokesper­son said.

‘‘Most of our ju­nior and se­nior play­ers have had the ben­e­fit of Di’s coach­ing and have learnt a great deal from her.

‘‘Di has also gen­er­ously do­nated her time over the years um­pir­ing many games for our club and is a C-badged um­pire. She has been an ac­tive mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee ev­ery year she has been at the club, and was the pres­i­dent in 1992.

Her longevity at the high­est level of coun­try net­ball and her ca­pac­ity to give so much to the clubs to which she has be­longed sets her apart from her net­ball peers.

‘‘On be­half of the Fin­ley Foot­ball Net­ball Club, con­grat­u­la­tions on a stel­lar ca­reer.’’

There will be a pre­sen­ta­tion at the clu­b­rooms to­mor­row night, about 7pm, to recog­nise this tremen­dous mile­stone. All are wel­come to at­tend.

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