I’m sure Wing Defence is an important position. Just that when I played junior netball it was where they put the uncoordinated girl that’s getting a game because they need her for numbers. How badly I wanted to be the pretty, fast little Centre. Or a goalie.
Once I was named as Emergency (not even Interchange where you’re at least likely to get on the court at some point in the game) and the Goal Attack sprained her ankle during the game. I won’t lie; maybe I felt a little for her as two big women gave her a ‘chairlift’ off the court, but this was going to be my moment of glory.
Then the coach stood pointing at various girls and various positions around the court, there was a shuffle of bibs and someone handed me WD.
Today a parcel arrived in the post from Melbourne Vixen’s Sharelle McMahon. After Sharelle gave birth to their son, Xavier, in August 2012, I was asked* to come up with a unique gift for the staff to give Sharelle. What an honour.
*Just so happened that I had a friend working at Netball Vic at the time. But even so…
I looked at the Melbourne Vixens website and saw this:
And given that Xavier will need an outfit to wear to watch his mum play when she returns to the court for the 2013 season (and maybe because the Vixens need a cute little mascot), I made these overalls:
The parcel today included a thank you note from Sharelle, a signed mini netball and some merchandise.
We were all very excited. As Maeve threw the hard ball to me on the lawn, I had a nasty flashback. I stood with my hands outstretched, squinting, and wanting to cry, ‘Not so hard!’
Maybe Elsie and Maeve won’t spend the netball season with one black finger taped to the one beside it, praying for even a turn at Wing Attack.
Or will they?
Well done Sharelle. And go Vixens.