Having led her team to the promised land after eight years, Kiwi Netball Club Captain Cassandra Ward was was awarded the Whyalla News Medal for her individual achievements during the season on Saturday.
After a tightly contested medal count at the Whyalla Netball Presentation Night, Ms Ward first and foremost paid tribute to the coaches that had guided her over the years and then to her teammates.
“We have a strong bond, each girl on my team could have won the medal,” she said.
That statement rang true, with teammate Sophie Wanganeen finishing runner-up in the medal count.
Though she knew that talent was abundant on her side Cass didn’t think she was in the mix for the medal, describing the win as a ‘big shock’ for her.
“To be honest it’s not something I ever thought I would get in my time playing netball,” she said
But not only has Cass proved herself on the field at Centre this season, she is also very dedicated to the sport of netball off the field as well.
“I love the atmosphere out at netball, I go out and watch my little cousin play at 10:30am and watch right through until our game,” she said.
Now Cass, who has been a part of the Kiwi Netball Club since she was nine-years-old, will turn her attention to the Grand Final against Warriors this weekend.
The two sides have met six times during the season and split their games 3-3.
“We have some outstanding players in our team so we’re in a good position to win it,” Ms Ward said.
“A Grade Premierships don’t come in numbers at our club, so this is very important for Kiwi.”
Cass originally decided to play netball when a good friend of hers, Kym Scarman ‘dragged her’ out to have a run with Kiwi.
Since then, Cass has formed lifelong friends with the club, and wouldn’t find herself playing for anyone else.
“I love the netball community and I love being a part of Kiwi,” she said.