PROMISING young Redan netballer Sally Riley will leave the club to embark on her first full-time teaching role in Australia’s Top End.
Riley, a senior premiership player with the Lions in 2011, will depart the region next week to take up a role at the Katherine High School in the Northern Territory.
The 22-year-old, who also plays for Brown Hill in the Ballarat Netball Association premier league competition, said it was a hard decision to make but is looking forward to her time away from Ballarat.
“I’m jumping in the deep end. I’m very scared and nervous about it,” Riley said.
“Leaving behind friends, family and netball was a very big decision because those three things have been massive parts of my life.”
Riley will live and work with two of her good friends in Katherine, where she will specialise in physical education, outdoor education and science.
The centre-court player has enjoyed a decorated career with Redan, where she has won under-18, reserves and senior flags and collected the past two club senior best and fairest awards.
Redan coach Kate McMahon said Riley would be a massive loss for the club.
“There is a great sense of loss for the club of Redan at the moment, and as a coach it will be a case of very big shoes needing to be filled to come close to mirroring the impact Sally had on the senior side,” McMahon said.