BIG V PLAYERS REACH MILESTONES THIS WEEKEND

Warrandyte Venom will celebrate two more player milestones this weekend with team captains Meg Dargan (D1W) and Bree Waugh (YL1W) both taking centre stage.

Dargan, who played her first Big V games as a 14-year-old, will step out on Saturday night against Mildura in her 100th game for the ‘Gardiner McInnes’ Senior Women, a huge achievement for the now 20-year old who this year has also taken on captaincy of the senior team.

Having coached her through much of her junior career and for all of her senior career, Justin Nelson has no hesitation in rating Dargan as one of the best local products to come out of the Warrandyte Venom program.

“To be honest, the day I walk away from coaching, I’ll always look back on my time with Meg as being both successful and character-building for both of us. I’d like to think I’ve helped her develop as a person and as a player, because she has certainly done that for me as a person and as a coach,” said Nelson.

“I’ve known Meg since she was playing as a 10-year old, maybe even at nine, so it’s been a long time and I knew from the first time I saw her that she was going to be a really special player.”

Dargan won the Big V Golden Hands Award in 2012 and is one of the most respected point guards in the competition, earning such recognition via her competitive nature and amazing courage.

“Meg just has a huge appetite to compete,” said Nelson, adding “She never takes a backward step, is always in the thick of the action and has massive amounts of courage. They really are trademarks that you can see have rubbed off on younger players coming through the program.

“Meg’s mum and dad, Di and Dave, should be very proud of Meg and her achievements. They have raised a quality young lady that is so passionate about her club, is always there for her teammates and never, not once, has done anything outside of what has been asked of her.

“Like I said, to me Meg will always sit right up on the top level of players I’ve worked with. She is an absolute ripper and will no doubt play many more milestone games for the Venom,” added Nelson.

Rated by many as another gutsy, quick and competitive point guard, Bree Waugh steps out for her 50th game this Sunday when the ‘Porter Davis’ Youth Women play at home against Coburg.

Not surprisingly, Waugh has played plenty of junior basketball with Dargan, both of them forming a strong friendship and sharing a desire to always give their all out on court. While similar in so many ways, they also have their own unique talents that they bring to their respective teams.

For Waugh, her ability to take rebounds amazes not only her teammates, but also every team that tries to contain her. At just 164cm in height, Waugh is averaging more than seven rebounds per game this season, to go along with 3.7 steals and 3.5 assists per game, stats that helped her win the YL1W Player of the Month in June.

Like Nelson with Dargan, youth team coach Nicole Howard rates Waugh extremely highly.

“Bree is the ultimate team player who represents herself, the team and the club with integrity and passion. She sets the standard for work ethic and endeavour and is well respected by every other player,” said Howard.

“Bree should be very proud of her first 50 Big V games and we all wish her the very best for her milestone game.”

In other Venom news, the club is expected to announce a raft of coaching appointments for 2014 in the coming week.




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