Thorpdale local to play 400th game

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Natasha Hammond from Thorpdale Football & Netball Club will play her 400th game of netball this Saturday.

Natasha’s loyalty runs in the blood with father Mick Hammond reaching his 600th game in 2014, brothers Barry and Daniel playing their 300th games in 2012 and 2014 respectively and younger sister Tanya expected to play her 300th game next season.

The family is also involved with the club in a leadership capacity. Mick Hammond has been president of the club for the past 13 years and his wife Pam has ran the canteen for 25 years.

Ahead of her 400th game, Hammond has credited her competitive nature as the motivation for keeping active.

“In order to be competitive I’ve got to work on my fitness and continue to be active,” said Hammond.

“I’ve thought about retiring a couple of times but when I think about it harder, I don’t think that I could ever not play because it’s all I’ve ever known.”

“It’d be like cutting off an arm [not playing] because it’d just be so out of the ordinary.”

Hammond has been a valued member of Thorpdale Football & Netball Club for more than 20 years.

“When I first started, we didn’t have many people playing netball in our club.”

“My best friend at the time and I enjoyed watching and thought it’d be good to be a part of it.”

“Over the course of that first season, you grow to love it and you just continue on for the love of the game.”

If you’d like to play the game that Natasha and so many other Australians love, find your local Association or League and enquire about the clubs that play in their competitions.