Sunraysia netball: Ouyen United merging mind and spirit

Ouyen United's Megan Jardine. Picture: Ben Gross

Ouyen United's Megan Jardine. Picture: Ben Gross

MERGERS can be tricky.

Finding common ground between clubs sometimes isn’t as easy as it sounds.

But in Ouyen they have had plenty of practice.

Where do I start?

I won’t go all the way back, but if ever you are going through Ouyen, take the time to stop off at the local footy ground and have a quick look at the totem poles painted in the club colours of teams from years gone by.

It is a tribute to all the former sides and the mergers which eventually resulted in Ouyen Rovers becoming Ouyen United in 1997 and now the Ouyen United Kangas, a team forged through the amalgamation of Ouyen United Demons and the Walpeup Underbool Kangaroos in 2016.

The merger has brought instant success for the football side – one premiership, a runners-up and this year a third successive grand final.

But for the local netball girls it has taken a little longer.

Today they have the chance to join the footballers in the Sunraysia Football Netball League (SFNL) grand final when they travel up to Calder Highway to take on Merbein in the preliminary final.

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