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Judy plays 500th game

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June 14, 2017

Judy Plattfuss with her husband Andrew and their children Drew, Jake holding his son Will, and Tess Plattfuss.

Blighty netball legend Judy Plattfuss took to the court for the 500th time for the club in a momentous occasion on Saturday.

Playing in her 34th season for the Redeyes, Plattfuss celebrated the milestone in style with a 10-goal win in B grade against Yarroweyah.

Before the game the club formed a guard of honour with junior and senior footballers and netballers lining the court.

At the end of the guard of honour was a banner held by her three children — Jake, Drew and Tess — who all play for Blighty in footy and netball.

Plattfuss was overwhelmed by the celebration of her achievement, showing her emotions and appreciation on the day.

‘‘It was so humbling and I feel so honoured that the club would do that for me (form a guard of honour),’’ she said.

‘‘I’m so thankful for everyone at the club for making the day so special.

‘‘All the work behind the scenes that Andy Lostroh and Courtney Plattfuss did was just fantastic.

‘‘Nearly all the life members were in attendance, too. It was just so lovely.’’

The versatile netballer has had a storied career, first playing as a part of the ‘Red Robins’ in 1974.

Her first senior game for Blighty came in 1980, while her first A grade premiership with the club was not until 1999.

The season prior, in 1998, Plattfuss claimed the league A grade best and fairest, but in 2007 was her greatest honour when presented with a life membership of her beloved club.

The star netballer has also claimed 10 club best and fairests along with 10 highest goal scoring awards and was last year’s Club Person of the Year.

‘‘Blighty is such a welcoming community club,’’ Plattfuss said.

‘‘Once you’ve played out there once, you’re always a part of the Blighty family.

‘‘Everyone here is so caring and I’m just so appreciative to have been part of such a wonderful club for most of my netballing life.’’

The club veteran has coached numerous teams throughout her career, in both the junior and senior ranks, claiming a few premierships along the way.

While all of the awards collected over the years have been special to Plattfuss, it’s her current role at the club as a leader and mentor for the younger generation that she believes is most rewarding.

‘‘It’s all about developing the juniors for me,’’ she said.

‘‘They’re the future of our club and we want to ensure they stick around and develop their netball to the best of their abilities.’’

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