Family ties and an opportunity to play A Grade netball were too good to miss for Apollo Bay recruit Hannah Woods.
The South Colac product crossed to the coastal club on its return to Colac district’s top grade in 2017, playing a new role in goals and across the midcourt.
Woods, 18, is the cousin of Hawks rising football star Dustin “Duck” Walters and is a regular visitor to the Bay.
She said club president Michael Harrison and senior football co-coach Craig “Snags” Rippon talked to Woods about a possible move to the Hawks.
“I love it down there, it’s a good club and everyone is so nice,” Woods said.
“Michael Harrison and Snags were talking to me about how they wanted to get an A Grade team up and running so I decided to come down.
“Duck was one of the main reasons I came down because I’ve got his family there.”
Woods started her netball career with the Roos and graduated from the 17-and-under ranks last year.
She will face her former club tomorrow for the first time since crossing to the Hawks.
The versatile netballer said she was enjoying stepping up to the A Grade ranks for the first time, testing herself in unfamiliar positions down the court after spending most of her junior days in defence.
“It’s good to get the opportunity to play in a grade I’ve never played before,” Woods said.
“I filled in with C Grade last year and it’s been a big step coming into A Grade from under-17s.
“I’m loving it, and it’s different because I’m coming from South where I was a defender, to going down to the Bay where I’ve been playing in goals and the midcourt.”
The Hawks have had a tough return to A Grade netball, sitting on the bottom of the ladder winless after seven rounds.
But Woods said netball was in a strong position at the seaside town, with promising youngsters stepping up into the senior ranks during the course of the season.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.