Injury setbacks and motherhood have put talented Colac district netballer Kirsty Finnigan’s career on hold until this season.
The former Alvie skipper has committed to Birregurra during her partner and champion footballer Andrew Kelly’s second season at the club.
Finnigan has impressed in her first two games playing in the Saints’ top-grade side after filling in for the club in the B Grade ranks last year.
The 26-year-old said she was excited to return to the rigours of A Grade netball following the birth of her and Kelly’s three children Savannah, 4, Jack, 2, and Indi, 1, while she also made a full recovery from a knee reconstruction which limited her netball opportunities during her early 20s.
The versatile midcourter was best on court for the Saints last weekend, and will be a key when the club takes on a dangerous Lorne outfit in a standalone Easter clash on Saturday.
“Having the kids has definitely held me back a little and Andrew is pretty busy with his football,” Finnigan said.
“The season after I did my knee I had a baby, so I haven’t had a good year since then so it’s exciting to be back.
“It’s not as easy as it used to be, but I’m not over the hill yet so it was something I wanted to do, and I love playing netball and I’m always at the footy every week, so it’s good to be involved.
“I wasn’t really planning to come back and play A Grade, but I’m a very competitive person so I’m enjoying it.”
Finnigan, who was a member of Alvie’s last A Grade premiership side as a teenager in 2006, faced the Swans in her first A Grade appearance for the Saints in round one.
She said it was a strange feeling coming up against her old club, which she still has a close ties with.
Finnigan’s brother Tyson returned to the Alvie this season and notched up his 100th senior football game in the season opener, while her dad Brendan and uncle Michael were both 200-plus gamers for the Swans.
“It wasn’t who I would’ve loved to have played first round because I was probably a bit nervous anyway,” Kirsty said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.