Another Narrandera resident has gone on to enjoy sporting success, with Shelby Perram (pictured right) finding herself on the premiership-winning side in the Northern Football Netball League, based in Melbourne.
Ms Perram, who is the daughter of Peta and Mark Perram, is currently in Melbourne studying osteopathy at RMIT University.
The Northern FNL is played amongst teams from the Diamond Valley region of suburban Melbourne.
“I play for Bundoora, which is in the Northern Suburbs. It’s about 18km from the city, so it’s not that built up,” Ms Perram explained.
“We won the division 3 championship. We were undefeated for the whole season.” The grand final was played against Eltham.
“They scored the first goal, so that put us off. We got a goal and a few points. We played a lot of it in our front 50m, and they’d smother it in our 50m. That’s why they couldn’t get many goals.”
After Eltham’s first goal, Bundoora responded with two goals to grab a sevenpoint quarter time buffer. A hotly contested second term saw the Bundoora add only three points to their tally but took a handy 10-point buffer into half time.
A beautiful running goal produced a 25-point lead for the Bulls at the final change. Eltham secured a goal within the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter, but Bundoora responded almost instantly.
The final score was 6.9 (45) to 2.0 (12). As women’s teams often contain players who are newer to the sport, Mr Perram said she often found herself playing in different positions on the team.
“I got chucked around a lot. I’d only played a year or two of Auskick when I was growing up in Narrandera, so I played the back pocket, and then they had me out the front, trying to kick goals,” she said.
“There were a lot of us who hadn’t played before. In a lot of games, our coach would chuck us around so we could get a feel for different positions, especially if we were
ahead by a lot.”
As Ms Perram is only part way through a five year degree, she has plenty of opportunities to continue to develop her AFL skills.