BIRREGURRA netballer Tara McKay says she’s relishing her first opportunity to play A Grade netball.
McKay, 17, crossed from Forrest to Birregurra and has made the leap into A Grade after two games in B Grade.
Birregurra has been rebuilding this season after the departure of its entire A Grade playing list from last season.
But the departures have given McKay and her young teammates a chance to test themselves against older, more experienced players.
New Birregurra coach Ruth Mason has rotated young players through the team in the first four rounds.
And while the Saints are winless, tomorrow’s clash against Lorne at Stribling Reserve will provide another opportunity for the team to get a much-needed victory.
McKay said Birregurra had improved each week.
“It’s a really good, young side but we still have a lot to learn,” she said.
“Every week we’re getting a bit better and Ruth is a fantastic coach to learn off, we are learning more and more from her every game.”
McKay said the Saints’ run of losses had been disappointing but Mason had helped the team focus on playing its own game.
“Everyone always wants to win but we’re just getting better every week and you can see that,” she said.
“Our game play is getting better and we’re going out there and having fun, that’s the main thing.”
The young midcourter found her way into the Saints’ A Grade line-up after impressive outings against Otway Districts and Forrest.
McKay said A Grade netball had been a new challenge after playing juniors.
“I was really nervous but really excited and it’s been a great experience,” she said.
“We’re starting to flow a bit more and know where each other are on the court.”
Birregurra midcourter Jessica Wheadon and Janelle Holt will miss the clash while Hannah Butler returns to the Saints’ defence.
Lorne coach Carly Enticott said defender Erin Lewis might play if she overcame an ankle injury and Bianca Hollmer would miss tomorrow’s match.