ACC Legacy: Uncovering Netball NSW past

Netballnsw.com continues to shine a light on the history of our netball community and the Anne Clark Centre as we approach our 2013 Netball NSW State Dinner.

First we brought you Kaye Sweeney’s sweet memories from her playing days at the Anne Clark Centre, and this week Netball NSW caught up with a member of our Historical Committee, Beverley Dew.

Like many, Bev began her love affair with the sport of netball as a young player.  She also put the whites on to umpire throughout the years, and has dedicated many hours as a long-standing member of the Manly-Warringah Netball Association.

“I started playing at NSW when I was about 16, so it’s going back a long time,” Bev said. “I first started out at Moore Park … Looking back on it now I think how lucky I was to have that grounding … and the chance to meet Anne.”

It was during her playing days that Bev first met Anne Clark, who she bonded with during her umpiring days and became good friends.

“I was so lucky to meet Anne; she inspired people to be involved in netball and to be able to carry on what she started,” Bev said.

“It’s sad we are leaving the Anne Clark Centre but she would be absolutely thrilled to see the new complex that’s being built.”

Although keeping coy about how many years she has been involved in NSW netball, Bev admits she clearly remembers the construction around the organisation’s first headquarters, the Anne Clark Centre, and the excitement about having “our own home”.

“When the building started here that was the most exciting of all because we thought we were finally going to have a home of our own,” Bev said.  

Now that her playing and umpiring days are over, Bev has dedicated time to documenting the memories of NSW netball by volunteering as part of the Historical Committee. 

Bev along with her Committee colleagues, Ronda Kimble and Lyn Burgess, has spent countless hours discovering many amazing historical treasures hidden within the Anne Clark Centre, collating and tucking away rare artefacts for safekeeping.

Having been a part of the Historical Committee over the past 15 years, ‘Bev’ says she’s been given goosebumps by some of the incredible finds the Committee have made already.

“Now going through the archives, as a member of the Historical Committee, we are finding a lot of different things and it’s just spine-tingling,” Bev said.

 “A couple weeks ago I was going through the cupboards and I came across a book that we picked up.  We were looking at it and it was from 1928 – I thought ‘oh my god, I’m looking at this book and there is just history flowing out from it!’”

“We couldn’t turn the pages, that much, because we were frightened that we might tear them so we had to get gloves to look at that now – and that’s exciting.”

Bev says it’s interesting to see how the organisation has developed and grown over the years by uncovering treasured parts of our history.

“Some years ago I went through all the old NSW uniforms where one particular uniform had holes in it with the old netball shield that they played under.  Now you look at the uniforms coming through and you can see how they’ve changed across the decades.”

Although happy to have won premierships, umpired Australian stars, uncovering amazing documents or spending time reminiscing on days gone by, there is one thing that Bev treasures the most.

“The friendships I’ve made through netball.  I always say it’s my netball family that I treasure, because we are family and we go back a long time,” Bev said.

2013 Netball NSW State Dinner
Saturday 2 November
Anne Clark Centre – Church St, Lidcombe

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