Stawell Warriors' Rachel Wood loves the challenge of being the last line of defence on the netball court.
The key defender said she has come up against some tough competition, including players who were much taller than her.
"I'm not the tallest person on the court," she said.
"I'm not tiny but I'm normally up against someone who's taller than me and a steady shooter.
"The Warriors are a short team compared to others - we do have a laugh about it sometimes when we see other teams and think; 'where do they get all those tall players from'.
There isn't much we can do about it but play our own game and how we want to play."
Wood hails from Horsham and started her netball journey at the Horsham Demons.
"I played all my junior netball there and one year in seniors," she said.
"I went to Melbourne to study and drifted away from the sport.
"When I returned to the region I went and played out at Navarre for two seasons."
Wood said since returning to netball after a few years off, she enjoys the social side of the sport as much as the competitive game.
"I use netball as an outlet on a Saturday to keep busy and a break from working," she said.
"I enjoy playing netball for the social atmosphere - but I am still pretty competitive.
"When I was younger I took my netball a bit more seriously. Now I enjoy getting out there with the girls."
Wood said with the changed mentality she finds she is enjoying her netball more.
"When I was younger I had a lot of wins with Horsham Demons," she said.
"As I've grown up I've realised that netball can be bigger than the wins and losses.
"It's about being part of a club."
In her second year at the Warriors, Wood said she felt the team had "jelled" a lot better.
"There are similar players to last year and I feel like we have become more comfortable as a team," she said.
"I find we match up against our players quite well it's just the height factor, accuracy around goals and bits of a quarter where we let ourselves down.
"There's been a few surprises this season. I try and take each week game by game and see how things pan out."
Wood said her defensive game had improved under the guidance of coaches Tracey Dark and Toni Stewart.
"We get a lot of pointers and great instruction at training which we can take into the game," she said.
"I'm lucky to have the experience of both Tracey and Toni to help develop my netball game."
Wood missed out on playing against Dimboola in round eight but said she was looking forward to getting onto the court at the weekend.
"It will be a tough game but we're all feeling confident," she said.
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