Simpson premiership stars share special journey

Exciting news for four Simpson premiership stars has signalled a new era for netball at the club.

Kelly Thompson, Paige Salmon, Jessie Harding and Ash Arnold.

Grand final-winning captain Paige Salmon is the latest Tiger to take time away from the sport due to pregnancy, announcing Saturday’s interleague clash would be her last game for the year.

She joins premiership teammates Jessie Harding, Ash Arnold and Kelly Thompson as expecting mums.

The quartet has played a major role during a successful era for the club, which reached the pinnacle last year when Simpson claimed its first A Grade flag in Colac district netball.

The Tigers have featured in the past three grand finals, reaching two preliminary finals before that, to stamp their authority as a modern-day force of the league.

Salmon shared the league medal last year with Otway Districts’ Emma Hillman, Thompson claimed her own in 2016, while Arnold, in defence, and goaler Harding have played a pivotal role at Simpson for the best part of a decade.

Arnold also held the roles of president and coach during that time, while Salmon coached the team to two grand finals in 2016 and ‘17.

Current coach Pat Duynhoven said the Tigers family was thrilled their beloved netballers could now share pregnancy together.

He said Salmon, Arnold, Thompson and Harding had set the benchmark for the club’s new crop of A Grade netballers.

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