Foundation ANZ Championship player Emily Beaton says she feels lucky that her decision to retire from netball was a clear one.
Beaton, who has played 100 games for the Adelaide Thunderbirds, says she is excited for the next chapter of her life which will begin after the Thunderbirds’ last game for the season this weekend.
“I’m really lucky that it felt really clear for me that I’ve done everything that I want to in netball and I’m really excited about moving on to the next thing,” Beaton said.
“It’s obviously going to be hard not playing because I still love the sport but I’m excited for what’s to come.”
Beaton played her last game in front of the Adelaide faithful in Round 13, and feels grateful to have the support of the crowd throughout her career.
Not seeing her teammates every day is what she will miss the most.
“I always love playing at home. I’m feeling really grateful that I got to experience playing in front of that home crowd so many times throughout my career,” Beaton said.
“I’m going to miss getting to see everyone every day. It’s like school when you don’t have to try hard to see your friends, they’re just always there. That’s what I will miss the most I think, all of the friendships that you make.”
For Beaton, who has been involved with netball from the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (31 games), right through to the ANZ Championship says her two Premierships with the Thunderbirds are some of her best memories.
Through her journey she has noticed changes to the sport.
“(Netball) has grown heaps from when I started, it’s huge,” she said.
“The professionalism is what I’ve noticed the most and the expectations upon players and how you go about your business, that’s been the biggest change.
“When the expectation has risen across the board it has had a huge impact, sped up the game and changed the way it has played.”
Beaton will turn her attention to her crafty business ‘Cleverhand.’