Frew marks personal milestone in style
In the closing minutes of Southern Steel's win over the Magic in Invercargill on Monday night, the ball spilled loose in the midcourt.
With the game in the balance, Steel veteran Wendy Frew, playing her 75th game for the franchise, dived full length for the ball and managed to hand it off to fellow midcourter Shannon Francois.
Steel carried on to claim a 62-57 win over the competition leaders, their first win in four starts in the rebuilt ILT Stadium Southland.
It was the perfect example of the type of player Frew is - gutsy, physical and possessed with a steely will to win.
"The adrenaline was pumping. It was a pretty tight time in the game, bodies on the line stuff. As a team we really gelled and played some good netball," Frew said.
"It was so exciting. I just wanted a first win in the stadium, and to be 3-0 was pretty frustrating. To come up and beat a quality team like the Magic was a great feeling and an awesome way to celebrate the 75th [game for the Steel]."
Frew said there were some obvious highlights from her time with the franchise.
"Making the semifinals a couple of years in a row [2009, 2010], that was a pretty cool feeling. I've enjoyed playing week in, week out. There was also the win over the Thunderbirds, the first win in Aussie was exciting too. I just love being part of this team and this franchise and I'm glad they've wanted me for 75 games."
The 29-year-old has not targeted reaching the 100-game mark.
"We'll how that goes - two more seasons if I want to get that. I'll just keep chipping away and hopefully put on two good performances to finish the season."
The Southland Times