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Jacinta West to celebrate 400-game milestone for Shepparton East

By Lauren Bordin

Shepparton East veteran Jacinta West is proud to be celebrating 400 games on Saturday with the club she has called home for 24 years.

Affectionately known as ‘‘Westy’’ by her teammates, the shooting extraordinaire began her junior netball career at Waaia in the under-12s, before heading across to Congupna.

She then moved to Shepparton East in 1994, when it was still known as the Bombers.

In the past two decades, West has won four premierships — 1996, 2000, 2008, 2012.

She also won the B-grade league best-and-fairest award when Shepparton East was part of the Goulburn Valley League’s division two competition in the year of her first premiership and another league C-grade best-and-fairest came as recently as 2012.

West has also earned a number of club best-and-fairest awards, including 2002 (A-grade), B-grade 2005, 2013 and 2014 (B-grade) as well as being crowned C-grade’s best player in 2015 and again last year.

The 40-year-old attacking specialist said the highlights are always the premierships, especially the back-to-back success.

‘‘There’s a special feeling with premierships that I love, another would be nice,’’ West said.

West said the atmosphere of the club had been a big motivator for her continued service at Central Park .

‘‘It’s been great seeing new people come through and see them grow as players,’’ she said.

Currently playing in Shepparton East’s C-grade team, West said she was enjoying the challenge of a new league and comis looking forward to another season.

‘‘I’d like to have another crack next year,’’ she said.

West will play her 400th game against Moama at home today with her side on track to play in the Murray Netball League finals.

The Eagles’ A-grade side faces the biggest test in the competition as the top-placed.

Magpies continue to tear through the league.

Fresh off a solid win against Mulwala, Echuca United will travel to Congupna as The Road aims for a high profile scalp as the season draws to a close.

But the Eagles will back themselves to win their fourth match in a row comasand Cobram should ease past Tungamah.

Rumbalara hosts Deniliquin in an enticing top three match-up, expected to be just as close as the Rams’ three-goal win in round two.

Tongala cannot afford to slip up against Katandra if it is to remain in the finals hunt, while Barooga needs a win against Numurkah to hold its place in the top eight.

Mulwala will start a raging favourite against Nathalia.