Club culture behind 300 game milestone
Kylie Leslie played her 301st game on the weekend, adding another win to her tally after celebrating her milestone match over the Easter weekend.
Kylie has had a successful career with the Yarrawonga Pigeons, winning numerous premierships in both the A and B Grades, as well as several Best and Fairest's and various league recognitions.
When asked how she was feeling leading into her 300th game against the Albury Tigers on Easter Sunday, Kylie proved how much of a team player she is.
“I was just excited to start the season,” Kylie said.
“It felt like any other game really, and at the end of the day, I was just hoping to get a win for our first match of the year.
“I have stayed at Yarra for so long because I just love the people at the club. The culture is special and it's a really healthy environment to be around.
“I have been blessed to have had unbelievably knowledgeable coaches in my time such as Trace Gillies, Loretta Casey and so many others.
“I have had so many talented teammates with whom we have shared so many good times together and we're all still friends today.
“I would like to play for as long as I can as long as I'm contributing in some way. You're a long time retired!”
With over 20 years spent at the one club, Kylie has experienced many highs and lows with the Pigeons although success has never been too far away from the Pigeons netball court.
“The best moments by far have been winning premierships! In particular the ‘09 grand final as I'd just returned from a knee reconstruction, so the victory was that bit sweeter,” Kylie said.
“2012 the seniors and reserves footballers won also so the whole club was abuzz and last year's ‘22 grand final as it had been a long time since our last, and to be honest I wasn't sure I'd ever experience another win at my age.
“Let's face it, they've all been pretty special!”
To have such a long career in a high intensity sport, you need a great support crew around you, something Kylie has always had and she is immensely grateful for.
“I have lots of people to thank. Mum and dad for their support and encouragement over the years especially since I had my kids,” Kylie said.
“It has been tricky at times with Xav playing at the same time as me, juggling the kids, trainings and games so I have appreciated their support; along with Xav's parents, Rod and Maryanne who have always helped make things easier for us.
“My husband Xav and my kids Lily, Jimmy and Annie for their support along the way.
“Coaches Trace and Ret for teaching me so much. Vick Long and all the other volunteers for everything they do for the club.
“Country clubs don't run without these types of volunteers, and I think they are very special people giving up their time week in week out.”