Player’s 100th match ends in 29-all draw

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by Greta Yeoman

A South Canterbury netballer celebrated her 100th game last week.

Old Boys’ Lindsay Welch described the match against Mackenzie last Wednesday as a “game of two halves”.

The 30-year-old said the preliminary match included a successful first half for Old Boys, followed by a comeback by Mackenzie in the second half.

Mackenzie made up for lagging 15 goals behind Old Boys in the first half to draw 29-29 at the final whistle.

“I’ve always loved it, I love playing it, watching it, coaching it.” – Lindsay Welch

Welch was pleased to receive a “totally unexpected” gift of flowers from the Mackenzie team members for her milestone match, as well as another bunch of flowers from her Old Boys teammates, causing a small problem.

“[I have] only got one vase,” she said, with a laugh.

Welch has been part of Old Boys netball outfit since its formation in 2011, changing the rugby club into a multisport brand alongside current assistant coach Hayden Newman.

While the first year as newbies had seen them coming from the outside, the team had progressed to premier grade in the first season and retained its top spot since then.

Welch said there was a “great culture” of support and friendship within the team, describing the competitions and training as her “me time”.

Since turning up on the court as a child at the request of her best friend, she had been hooked on the game ever since and even made the South Canterbury representative team.

“I’ve always loved it, I love playing it, watching it, coaching it.”

Growing up in Australia, Welch moved to New Zealand in 2005 when she finished high school.

She said as many of the South Canterbury netballers were also mothers, their once-weekly training on Sunday afternoons was enough in addition to their Wednesday evening matches, but they loved the chance to get out on the court.

“It’s been part of my life forever.”