‘I have thrived in this environment’: Gun midcourter Casey Adamson is loving every moment back home at Seymour

Love it: Seymour midcourter Casey Adamson loved being back with Seymour in 2022. Photo by Zac Standish

The motive behind star midfielder Casey Adamson’s return to Seymour ahead of the 2022 season was simple – to play with her pals.

Adamson began her netball journey with Seymour as a junior and developed her talents alongside many of the girls currently serving in the A-Grade profession, having climbed the Goulburn Valley League A-Grade mountain as a Lion back in 2015.

Since then she has taken her game to new heights and has become one of the stars of the Victoria Netball League with Boroonda Express.

But bonding with her friends at Seymour has always brought her back to maroon and gold, and now some six years later she has a chance to compete for glory again on the GVL grand finals day.

“It’s great (to be in a grand final with Seymour again). I played 2015 and 2016 and we won one and lost one, so it’s good to be going back to Seymour and playing with some of my best friends,” Adamson said.

“I loved coming back and playing with this group of girls and being part of such a rewarding journey throughout the season.

“And yes, how good it is to be in a granny.”

This year marked the biggest season of Adamson’s career, with the 24-year-old fulfilling her VNL commitments and training partner with Super Netball team Collingwood while playing for her hometown Lions.

She even managed to make her first professional appearance in June when she was substituted late after COVID-19 raged through Collingwood ahead of a game against city rivals Melbourne Vixens.

However, she said returning to Seymour at every opportunity has been “the best thing for her” this season.

“It was a big, big, big season. Looking back, I’ve played for five teams this year so I’m really looking forward to next week and then a break,” she said.

“But the best thing for me was going back to my local soccer netball club to play and get involved in the community. I just developed well in this environment.

“My partner also plays for Seymour so it was great to go to the same club as him, my best friend also plays so it was great to get back in the Lions colors and play with my mates.”

As for this weekend, Adamson is emerging as crucial to Seymour’s chances of a repeat premiership, with the Lions triumphing over this week’s opponents Shepparton United in the 2019 decider.

Watching from the sidelines in 2019, she said she can’t wait to go to court this time.

“I watched from the sidelines when they won that game in 2019 and celebrated with them afterwards. Hopefully I can be on the pitch this time,” she said.

“However, Shepparton United are a strong team, they have a lot of great players and experience in big games, so for us it will just be about playing our own game and sticking with the process.

“If we get along and keep that positive energy going, we’re going to be hard to beat.”

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