Shepparton vice-captain Breanna Davison considered switching to rival Mooroopna during the off season.
When the Cats decided to enter a team into the Northern Country Women’s League, there was motive for the reigning best and fairest winner to change.
But for Davison there was too much which needed to be achieved with her teammates at the Bears.
‘‘The question was put there and I thought about it because I live a stone’s throw away (from Mooroopna Recreation Reserve) and then I thought no there’s unfinished business with the Bears being the first (women’s team in the region),’’ she said.
‘ Last year I made friends, but this year I’ve made good friends, mates that will stay with me forever and that’s probably the main reason and I think too we do have a strong side but there was unfinished business being beaten in the preliminary final (last year).’’
Shepparton was defeated by Melton Centrals in the penultimate match of the season in the now defunct north-east division of the Victorian Women’s Football League
Come tomorrow Shepparton has another chance in a preliminary final, taking on Benalla.
The points have been shared in the two matches this season, but Davison is hopeful the team can grab a grand final spot.
‘‘We need to be first at the ball and that’s where we’ll probably win it, especially with Mel (Weston) getting in and under and she does that incredibly well,’’ she said.
It is an impressive feat that Davison has reached two preliminary finals and won a best and fairest having only started to play the sport competitively last year.
Always enjoying football and having a kick with cousins, there was just not the opportunity to play the game.
But Shepparton’s call for a women’s team came a the right time for Davison, who had finally decided to have a knee reconstruction after sustaining the injury while playing netball for Tatura a decade ago.
‘‘I went down to Melbourne two years ago to get it done and the rehab was going good and on Facebook I happened to see the Shepp women’s team,’’ she said.
‘‘I was a bit hesitant because you pay so much to get your knee done, but I went down to get the all clear from the doctor and then turned around and went ‘yep let’s play’.’’
Coach John ‘Box’ Wilson has helped Davison on her way, picking up where playing-coach Britt Tancred left off as she did make the call to return to her youth girls club of Mooroopna.
‘‘When I found out Britt was leaving that was going to be a decision breaker, but when they said to me about Box coming on and after meeting him (I was convinced to stay),’’ Davison said.
The affirmation her decision to remain in Bears colours will be none stronger than tomorrow as Shepparton fights for the chance to meet Bendigo Thunder in the big dance.