Port Lincoln netballers celebrate milestones

With a combined 800 games between them, two Boston Netball Club players brought up major milestones on the same weekend recently.

Kylie Fowler played in her 500th senior game on Saturday, July 17 in the A1 Reserves game against Imperials while Tania 'Tarn' Harvey played her 300th game against Wayback in A2 grade.

Boston would win both games, defeating Imperials 47-46 while in A2 Boston came back from an 11 goal deficit to win 39-35.

Fowler has been playing in A grade since 1987, when at 14 she played in A4 grade before moving up to A2 the following year and finally A1 in 1989.

She would go on to play in four A1 premiership teams (1996, 1998, 2011, 2016) and won the Port Lincoln Times Medal four times (1994, 2001, 2003, 2006).

All of her senior netball, aside from one year at Tumby Bay, has been played at Boston.

She said she had loved the friendships she had made along the way and the different coaches she had played under, having learned something different from each one, as well as opportunities to play association netball and playing alongside players she would normally compete against.

Fowler said she returned to netball year after year because of her enjoyment of the sport.

"I never actually went out with any set ambitions, I just kept going because I just loved it," she said.

There was a lot of respect on show for Fowler on the day of her 500th, with players from different clubs forming a guard of honour as she came onto the court.

She said it was an overwhelming and emotional day, and was honoured to reach the milestone the same day Harvey played her 300th game.

"Tarn is a great girl to share the day with and a good friend, I don't ever take that for granted," she said.

"Port Lincoln Netball Association and the other players made a really special day."

Harvey has also been a stalwart at Boston, having played in a few A1 Reserve premierships and winning some club best and fairests.

Starting her senior netball at Imperials, Harvey left Port Lincoln for a couple years and on return played for Boston, playing for the black and gold ever since.

As well as a player Harvey has contributed as a coach and umpire, as well as serving on subcommittees for the club and the netball association.

Harvey said she loved being involved in every aspect of the sport, whether it was on the court or off it, as well as the friendships that were formed.

"I love the friendships you make, you make friends within the netball community as well as outside it," she said.

She said she also was honoured to share her milestone day with Fowler.

As for the future, Fowler said she had no plans to stop but would take it "day by day", knowing the nature of netball.

The celebrations continued at the club later in the evening as a 10-year-reunion for the 2011 A1 and A1 Reserves premiership sides, which Fowler and Harvey played in respectively.

Fowler said thanks went to Boston Football Club for providing the clubrooms and for the footballers coming to the event to share in the celebrations.

"Boston Football Club has always been welcoming to us girls to create a welcoming environment," she said.

Fowler also thanked all family and friends for their messages of support.