Netball conversations have intensified around the dinner table at the Duynhovens’ Cooriemungle farm in 2018.
The family makes up a large chunk of Simpson’s A Grade team this year after Emily had two family members join her in the squad.
Emily’s younger sister Eliza broke into the Tigers’ senior side at just 14 earlier this season and her new coach just happened to be her dad Pat, who stepped into the role after star defender Paige Mason stood down.
The Duynhovens are preparing to help lead the club to a breakthrough premiership tomorrow when the Tigers take on South Colac.
Emily will also notch up her 100th senior match at Simpson, adding to the excitement of the grand final at Colac’s Central Reserve
The 20-year-old started out her senior career on a similar path to Eliza as a teenager, before blossoming in the A Grade competition.
She has become an integral part of the team alongside Jessie Harding in goals, with Eliza waiting in the wings.
Emily, a second-year biomedical science university student at Ballarat, said she had embraced this season playing under her dad, a former footballer and junior mentor in the opposing code.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.