Ex-Saint shines in new league

Birregurra product Jess Wheadon, pictured with son Sebastian who recently turned 1, has fitted in at Cobden on and off the netball court. The gun utility will represent Hampden’s interleague squad tomorrow.

Former Birregurra netballer Jess Wheadon says a Colac district counterpart has had a major influence on her rise to become one the Hampden league’s most influential players.

Wheadon will cap off a successful return to netball a year after the birth of her son Sebastian, when she lines up for Hampden in its interleague clash with Ballarat tomorrow.

The versatile netballer has become a regular at representative level in her new league since crossing to Hampden club Cobden from the CDFNL Saints in 2016.

Wheadon made a move to the Bombers when former South Colac premiership captain Nadine McNamara took on a coaching role at the club.

The 25-year-old said McNamara was instrumental in helping her reach new heights on the netball court at her new home.

Wheadon is now a multiple interleague representative, claimed a league MVP award and won a club best-and-fairest in the top grade during her first three seasons at the Bombers.

“Nadine just really had faith in me and that’s been the difference, she’s brought out probably the best in me,” she said.

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