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Magpie’s milestone mums

Magpie’s milestone mums

Two team-mates will clock up 750 games between them as they head towards the Barossa, Light and Gawler Netball Association finals set to start on August 27.

Both in the Tanunda Senior 6 side, Di Bartsch played her 450th game on Saturday whilst Melissa Skarstrom is set to play her 300th in the second semi-final.

“It’s just a number…it makes me feel old!” laughed Di Bartsch who has only ever missed two seasons of netball since starting back in 1979.

“I worked out that I played two years in Min-Man and then the rest of my career all here at Tanunda.”

The mother and self employed book keeper said she “probably” knew the milestone was coming up before the club officially announced it prior to Saturday’s game, but it wasn’t something she had really thought about.

“I just play because I enjoy it and it keeps me fit.”

The goal attack and goal shooter’s 450th game at home against Angaston resulted in victory for the Tanunda Netball Club Life Member with her team scoring 64-26.

“I’m still in one piece….but one of our girls went down and fractured her arm which is a bit sad, that took a lot of the shine off the day I must say,” Di said.

“They had a few premiership reunions that day so I caught up with a few girls I played with over the years so that was nice. Playing so many years, there are so many people you meet over the time.”

The weekend’s convincing win puts Tanunda into second spot on the Senior 6 Premiership Table and has Di focussed on the ultimate prize.

“Winning the Grand Final would be well and truly better than winning the 450th game,” she said.

“Hopefully we can go through with two more wins and that will be it!”

 The past playing coach, Junior Best and Fairest; multiple B&F runner up in several senior grades and 2003 Senior 3 Association Best and Fairest is hungry for another Premiership because two flags are simply “not enough”.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.