STEPH Vick (pictured) is never satisfied with second-best.
It is her determination to constantly out-do herself which makes her a formidable force on the court, striking fear and awe into the hearts of her opponents.
And as a tireless centre for the Bombers, this insatiable drive to do better has seen her play a key role in the A grade’s undefeated season.
“Centre is such a dynamic position. You have to be constantly aware of what’s going on, you need to have both attacking and defensive skills, and you need to be fit – you literally run and run all day,” she said.
“Thankfully I have good baseline fitness but I know when I’m not challenging myself. I know when I’m unfit, I know when I’m not doing the best I can do and I know I need to work hard to be the best for my teammates.”
Since launching her career at 16 in Echuca Football Netball Club, Vick’s history has been studded with achievements.
Joining the Victorian Netball League in 2008 in Ballarat Pride, Vick moved to the City West Falcons in 2015.
While playing in the VNL she scooped up two premierships – one as captain – before pulling out of the league at the end of the 2016 season.
Last year she was crowned the Goulburn Valley Netball League’s A grade best and fairest.
A week later, she saw her team win a flag.
Despite this glittering career, Vick said she doesn’t face any grand final with complacency.
“Last year we were underdogs but this year we are undefeated. Having already played a grand final with these girls, I know how hard we need to work to win,” she said.
“But we’ve had a taste of victory and it’s awesome. So hopefully we can do it again.”
While there has been a wave of strong new players coming up through league ranks this year, Vick admits she was always quietly confident the Bombers would make the grand final.
“Every week we would go back to basics and focus on our systems and what we wanted to achieve. We’re always trying to improve,” she said.
“I know we would do well and I know the girls are extremely talented so if we didn’t make it to the grand final we’d be doing something seriously wrong.”
Up against Shepparton United this weekend, Vick said she was bracing herself for a challenge.
“I’m definitely nervous. I’ve played a few grand finals now but the nerves don’t change,” she said.
“That’s because I care so much. I want a win so bad and I know we’re good enough to do it.
“It means a lot to my teammates, which makes me even more nervous. I want to do it for them.”