Juggling act for up-and-coming Colac athlete

Irrewarra-Beeac’s newest A Grade netballer Nour Alkurd has balanced her netball commitments with playing football this season.

Nour Alkurd’s busy weekends of sport have gotten even busier after breaking Irrewarra-Beeac’s A Grade netball side in recent weeks.

Alkurd, 17, has spent the first half of the season playing in the Bombers’ 17-and-under and B Grade netball sides on Saturdays, while being part of Colac Imperials’ inaugural under-19 women’s football team on Sundays.

The young defender conceded that Saturdays were “a big day” but said she was excited to make her top-grade debut in the midcourt in the Bombers’ clash with South Colac a fortnight ago, and played another quarter in Saturday’s win against Birregurra.

“We’ve had a few injuries in A Grade so I’ve been able to get a bit of an opportunity, which was very exciting,” she said.

“I wasn’t expecting it, but I’ve enjoyed it, it’s a lot faster in A Grade, but I think because I knew all the girls in the side and we train together it made the transition a bit easier, everyone’s pretty close at Irrewarra.”

Alkurd has been a part of the Bombers’ dominant junior side which has gone undefeated the past two years before falling short in both grand finals.

Her B Grade team, sixth on the ladder, is unlikely to play finals this season while the Bombers’ A Grade side, sixth, could boost its finals chances with a win against Simpson tomorrow.

Alkurd’s 17-and-under team is once again the team to beat, with just one loss so far.

“We’ve lost one game this season to Alvie which I think is a good thing, because the last two years we’ve gone undefeated all year and then lost the grand final,” she said.

“Now we know that we can be beaten it will motivate us to work harder.”

The talented sportsperson has been a stand out in the Imps’ inaugural under-19 football side, earning selection in AFL Barwon’s under-18 interleague squad.

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