TESS Angarane was only 13 years of age when she played her first A Grade game for Dalyston, in Round 12 of the 1999 season.
And she has been a permanent fixture in the side since the start of the 2000 year, going on to reach the 300-game mark, in the first round of the season, against Phillip Island.
And despite being feted before and after the game for reaching the major milestone, she soon knew she had a game on her hands when she lined up in the goal keeper’s bib opposed to one of the players of the year last year, Janelle Smyth, who has moved across to Phillip Island this year.
Phillip Island got away to a flyer in the match and had 7-1 on the board before the Dalyston girls kicked into gear and steamed right past them late in the first term.
But it was all about Tess’s milestone game, once the team had dispensed with the main business of the day.
“I’ve been playing a long time but I’m still really enjoying it so why not keep going,” said Tess before breaking the 300-game barrier.
According to a well-written bio in ‘The Barracker’, Tess’s achievements in netball easier fill the trophy cabinet but despite winning eight club best and fairest awards, including a first in 2001 at age 15, and a league best award in 2014, she rates her A Grade premierships at Daylston in 2010, 2011 and 2016 as easily her biggest highlights in the popular team sport.
Tess has also lent plenty of support to representative netball as well, being a regular player and also a captain of the Alberton and Gippsland representative teams.
“Tess has been an ornament to the game and her superb athleticism, never say die attitude and absolute commitment to the contest is legendary and she fully deserves all the accolades heaped on her this week,” said The Barracker.
That was certainly in evidence again on Saturday in her uncompromising defence work against a strong team in Phillip Island.
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