300 for Wendy
FOR Wendy McEachern it’s all about the club.
The MDU B Grade netballer played her 300th game on the weekend, in a bruising encounter with Korumburra-Bena. The Demons lost, but Wendy still emerged smiling.
The 43-year-old took up the sport at the tender age of eight and hasn’t looked back.
“It’s been 35 years, and since 1996 with MDU,” she said.
Wendy has won both A Grade and B Grade best and fairest awards, and premierships in 2004 and 2005. She has done an umpiring course, fundraising and anything else the Demons have needed. Around the club, she is regarded as one of those people who can always be relied upon.
“Originally my sister Julie Goldsmith dragged me out there – she played out there. She passed away nine years ago, but she was a past president and had a big involvement with the club,” she said.
Wendy has kept something of her sister’s spirit alive at MDU, with an unwavering commitment to the red and the blue.
“They actually have a memorial award in her name – the Goldie Award – which I did win one year,” she said.
The award is given to those who have made a profound and sustained contribution to the club. It was a touching moment for Wendy. But she has never been one for individual accolades. The team is all.
“MDU is a really good club. Everyone is really friendly and I just love being out there,” she said.
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