SOME players can go a career without ever playing in a premiership – Laura Brooks is glad she won’t be one of them.
As Kangaroo Flat’s B-reserve netballers were receiving their premiership medallions following last Saturday’s win over Golden Square, some of the biggest cheers were reserved for the captain.
It was the icing on the cake on a memorable season for Brooks, who earlier in the year celebrated 200 games in her comeback season.
Saturday’s grand final was the latest in many Brooks has played in 11 seasons at Dower Park, but her first win.
“I guess I’ve had a lot of success at Flat, but never really brought home the bikkies yet,” she said.
“I’m absolutely stoked, I cannot believe it.”
The Roos were forced to do it the hard way, coming from five goals down at quarter and four at the final change to win 36-33.
Brooks started at Kangaroo Flat as a Joey in 2006 and spent three years in the Roos’ junior sides.
In 2009, she graduated to senior ranks and has since played a mix of grades for all but one season in 2016, which she took off to give birth to daughter Olivia, who recently turned one.
As any Roos member will tell you, Brooks has devoted countless hours as a player and volunteer over the past 11 years, including as the club’s social events organiser.
In reference to her involvement, Brooks said ‘green and white’ was all she knew.
“I just love the support you get here – I have multiple best friends – it’s a great club to be around,” she said.
“I’m so lucky to have been part of the club’s success.”