Walking off the netball court with the three umpire’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ votes in hand is not unusual for Bridgette Barry-Murphy. At only 23 years old, Bridgette is both a veteran player and at the beginning of her athletic career. As the captain for the Division One Peninsula Waves squad, she is definitely one to watch.
Bridgette began her journey in netball at H E Parker Reserve, Heathmont while playing for Rangeview Rangers Netball Club and for 10 years, she has made her way through the Netball Victoria pathway. Featuring as a vital player in Melbourne East Netball Association’s representative team, it was not long until Bridgette made her Victorian Netball League debut. At just 17 years old, Bridgette was selected to play for the Boroondara Express where after a few years with the Express, she took time off to focus on her career prospects.
The netball court is not the only place where Bridgette is accomplished. While completing a Master of Professional Accounting, she took the plunge in starting her own venue management company. To onlookers, it seems like Bridgette can achieve anything she sets her mind to; this professional drive is also reflected in her netball career.
In 2018, Bridgette made her return to the Bupa Victorian Netball League. Despite being in her first season at the Peninsula Waves, Bridgette was voted team captain by her teammates. With a few extra years of experience over the rest of her team, the younger Waves players look up to her for guidance and leadership, both on and off the court.
Division One Peninsula Waves coach, Lindy Dowell, sees Bridgette as a “great addition to the Waves family”.
“Bridgette brings some much-needed calmness and maturity to our team. She is one of our oldest Division One players, so she delivers a steadiness that we need with a young, up and coming Division One squad.”
The Waves coaches have also recognised her ability to read the game impeccably. She views the club as “very friendly and supportive”, and it is evident that they will support her as she continues to conquer the sport, one game at a time.
Bridgette and the Peninsula Waves will play Hawks Netball in round eleven of the Bupa VNL. Games commence at 7pm at the State Netball Hockey Centre on Wednesday 27 June.