Love of game strong for respected Demon

Danielle Mitchell credits her love of the game for her long and successful netball career. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d417840
Danielle Mitchell credits her love of the game for her long and successful netball career. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d417840

The goal defender played in her 250th Smarter than Smoking State Netball League match against Darling Rangers last Tuesday to break former Fever player Lisa Millman’s record.

Mitchell (33) celebrated the milestone in style with the Demons winning 66-44 to maintain their standing at the top of the ladder.

The Parkwood resident said she started playing at the Southern Districts Netball Association in Langford when she was in primary school and ‘would never go to another club’.

‘The love of the club and being around friends is what keeps me motivated to play,’ she said.

‘It is a unified club and we have enjoyed great success over the years.

‘I am really satisfied with my career. I trained with the Orioles when I was younger, which was a great experience.’

The Langford-based Demons have made the grand final every year for the past decade and Mitchell rated last year’s success as her greatest memory.

Despite suffering many injuries during her career, Mitchell hopes to prolong her time on the court.

‘I still love competing and I really enjoy being a mentor to the younger players at the club,’ she said.

South East Demons head coach Nicole Prothero described Mitchell as a ‘great role model’.

‘She is dedicated and always gives 100 per cent,’ she said.

‘Her defending lean is one of the best in the league and she has been a great defender for many years.’