Tomorrow will mark a special milestone for Deni Rams netballer Corinne Mitsch when she takes to the court for her 200th senior game against Numurkah.
The midcourter played most of her junior years at the Deniliquin Netball Association winter competition before joining the Rams’ senior ranks in her last two years of high school before moving to Sydney.
Mitsch returned to the Rams in 2006, after moving back and having four children, playing for the C grade side that played in a losing grand final.
From 2007 until 2011 Mitsch jumped ship to play for Picola & District League powerhouse Mathoura Netball Club.
Playing for the Timbercutters’ B grade side, she won premierships in 2007, 2009 and 2011, the club best and fairest in 2008 and 2009 as well as the PDNL best and fairest in 2009.
With more experience under her belt Mitsch returned to her home club at the Rams in 2012, playing in A grade.
In 2013 Mitsch took over the captaincy of B grade, transitioning into the top job and coaching the side from 2014-2017.
During this time she won three club best and fairests from 2013-15, but it was the ultimate glory in 2016 that was more important to Mitsch.
It was a huge day for Mitsch, having coached the Under 17s Rams to premiership glory earlier that day.
‘‘The 2016 Rams B grade premiership win is the biggest highlight of my career,’’ she said.
‘‘While the time at Mathoura was great, the flag at the Rams was different because we were underdogs throughout the whole finals series.
‘‘We’d just made the finals by finishing fifth and our last three finals games were decided by one or two goals.
‘‘We had so much adversity coming into the decider, with Tess Parsons going down with injury in the prelim and I honestly thought it would take a miracle to win it.
‘‘We were hanging by a thread and to overcome a rival like Echuca United in both B grade and Under 17s was amazing.’’
Mitsch has handed over the reins of B grade coach to A grade player Amelia Seignior, but is still a big part of the club’s committee.
‘‘I’ve wanted to be a role model for the junior netballers in working hard and getting involved with all aspects of the club,’’ she said.
‘‘The club is a second home to me and now the most joy I get is being able to watch my kids play.
‘‘I’ve got my youngest daughter Aysha playing Under 11s, Dakota in Under 13s and the twins (Keely and Makhaya) in the Under 17s.
‘‘The club is family to me and I’m so glad that I’ve been able to offer that vibe to my kids as well.’’