Tomorrow will mark what was seemingly an unlikely milestone for Deni Rams netballer Amber Farley (nee Marshall) when she plays her 200th A/B grade game against Tongala in the Murray Netball League.
The star shooter had won multiple A grade premiership flags with the Rams and club best and fairests before moving to Melbourne following the 2006 season.
After 10 years away the 38 year-old returned to the court last year like she hadn’t missed a beat.
Farley has played 176 A grade games and 23 B grade games, marking the 200-game milestone in B grade.
Rams A grade coach and former premiership teammate Jodie Sefton said Amber is the ultimate team person.
‘‘Amber has never been out on the court as an individual and has always has a team first attitude,’’ she said.
‘‘That’s what has helped her with her success throughout her netballing life.
‘‘Amber has always been an incredibly talented player and is always reliable. I’m just thrilled that she’s back at the club to reach this milestone to put the last piece of the puzzle together.’’
Farley has had a storied career being involved in five A grade premierships, with one in 1999 as well as being a part of the historic four-peat from 2002 to 2005.
She has also claimed two A grade best and fairests being a joint winner with Sefton in 2000 before winning it in 2005, while also winning the B grade best and fairest in 1997 as a 17 year-old.
Other accolades she has collected are A grade runner-up best and fairest in 2003, 2004 and 2006; A grade grand final MVP in 2003 as well as being an Interleague representative and previously making the MNL Team of the Year.
Farley said it was honour to reach such a milestone with the club she loves, and to be back playing under her former shooting combination in Sefton.
‘‘Jodie’s been a big influence on me, and the club as a whole, and we’re lucky to have her back coaching.
‘‘I love the team aspect of netball and the social side of it, too.
‘‘I’ve had a great time at the Rams and it’s been a big part of my family’s life as well.’’
Sefton said the gun shooter had also brought an incredible amount of spirit with her since coming back.
‘‘She nurtures the younger players, has plenty of fun with the older players and has just made it a great environment at the Rams.
‘‘The Marshall family has been a big part of the club and Amber has ensured that legacy has continued.’’