After 20 seasons of premier grade netball, Miranda Hart was looking forward to a season on the sideline, watching her daughter play and perhaps filling in once-in-a-while in the lower grades.
But the 2017 season hasn’t been a break at all and this Saturday she has a chance to win her fifth premier netball crown after a fill-in game turned into playing the entire season with Price’s Pharmacy.
Miranda, who has played for Price’s since she left school in the late 90s, vowed to retire at the end of last season, having won her fourth Nelson Netball premier title.
She told coach Mandy Whiting that she was happy to fill in once-in-a-while if needed but didn’t expect the first phone call to come before the season had even started.
“I filled in every week and when we got to the last round I said to Mandy ‘I may as well start coming to training’. She just said ‘yep, good idea’.”
The only two games she missed all season were when Price’s lined up against Waimea College, which Miranda’s daughter Bailee plays for.
“Mandy let me sit those ones out so I could just watch Bailee play.”
Now the Victory School teacher has the chance to win another title after Price’s earned a place in this Saturday’s final by beating Jack’s OPD in the first semi-final last Thursday.
The other finalist will be decided on Thursday night as Jack’s OPD get a second chance in the minor semi-final against Richmond Glass, which beat Stoke NBS last week.
Then it will be all eyes on Nelson Netball’s final day this Saturday starting at 9am, with games in various grades played all day until the premier grade final, which is due to start at 3.15pm at Saxton Stadium.
For Miranda, the full time whistle will definitely be the end of her premier grade career.
“Definitely. I might fill in for teams at lower levels but that’s it. No more.”