Liz Ellis AM & Barbara Long inducted into Hall of Fame

Netball Legend Elizabeth (Liz) Ellis AM and administrator Barbara Long were inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, 2 November at the 2013 Netball NSW State Dinner.

Stay tuned to next week as we place a spotlight on the winners and award recipients from this prestigious evening.

To be considered for the prestigious Netball NSW Hall of Fame, nominees must meet the award criteria which includes having been retired for at least five years from active involvement. Liz and Barbara are only the 25th and 26th members of the NSW netball community to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“What do you say about Liz Ellis that would do her justice as a player and as a worldwide ambassador for Netball,” Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM said.

“Liz was not only a champion netballer but is revered as one of Australia’s finest athletes. Liz continues to give tirelessly of her time to promote the sport through coaching clinics, and her media profile puts netball to the fore in the broader community.”

Due to a prior commitment, Liz was unable to attend this year’s event but was delighted by this news and will be celebrated in front of her family and friends at the 2014 Netball NSW State Dinner.

“Barbara’s involvement to our sport spans seven decades and her contribution during this time has been enormous,” said Wendy Archer when inducting Barbara Long into the Hall of Fame.

“Her dedication, administrative skills and sense of loyalty has inspired all who worked with her.”

Netball NSW also paid Special Recognition to the 2006 Sydney Swifts, who during the 2006 Commonwealth Bank Trophy competition became the first team to go through an entire National Netball League season undefeated, winning 16 successive games to lift the title.

Hall of Fame Citation: Elizabeth Ellis AM
Regarded as Australia’s most successful netballer and leading circle defender, Liz Ellis played a record 122 times for Australia from 1993 – 2007, and was the most capped Commonwealth Bank Trophy player in history with 173 matches.

Hailing from Hawkesbury Netball Association, Ellis was an ever present in Netball NSW junior and senior State teams, and was a member of the NSW Open Team who won four national titles (1992, 1993, 1994, 1997), three of these during the Golden Boot era.

In a career full of highlights, Ellis won three World Championships (1995, 1999, 2007), two Commonwealth Games Gold Medals (1998, 2002), and four National Premierships with the Sydney Swifts (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007).

In 2006, led by Ellis, the Sydney Swifts achieved an historic undefeated season and were awarded National Team of the Year at that year’s Australian Sport Awards.

Ellis, who captained her country from 2004-2007, also received a number of individual accolades during her career, being named Australia’s Most Valuable Netballer on four occasions (1996, 1998, 2002, 2006).

Since her retirement from domestic and international netball in 2007, Ellis has forged a highly successful media career and is a leading television netball commentator.

In 2008, Netball Australia paid tribute to the revered champion and former Australian captain by introducing the Liz Ellis Diamond, the sport’s premier individual award which is presented to the player who is voted for their outstanding achievement in both the international arena and ANZ Championship each year.

Ellis was awarded an Australian Honour, a Member of the Order of Australia Medal, in 2009 for services to netball and the encouragement of women in sport, and to the community through support for a range of charitable organizations. In the same year, Ellis was inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.

Hall of Fame Citation: Barbara Long
Barbara Long’s contribution to the sport of netball in NSW spans seven decades, from her days as a young netballer in the mid 1940’s, to her involvement throughout District Association and State level organisations and up into the National arena.

In 1965, Long formed the Southern District Sports Association Women’s Basketball for youth club, followed by the Southern District Women’s Basketball Association the following year. This Association would later be known as Liverpool City Netball Association, of which Long was the Foundation President for 18 years from 1968 – 1985.

Her commitment to Liverpool City extended well beyond the Committee Room, as Long coached both Liverpool City Representative teams (1965-1980) and Liverpool City State League Team (1996-98), and was a member of the Selection Committee (1965-1980).

Long also managed (1966-68) and coached at junior State (1970-73 and 1981-1986), senior State (1974) and night State level (1974). She was also a Netball NSW Selector for 15 years (1973-1988) and was Netball NSW Junior Vice President in 1976.

She has been on most Netball NSW sub committees during the years of her involvement, including the first sub-committee formed to alter the Netball NSW constitution and incorporate District Associations. Long was on the first building committee before the Anne Clark Centre was built.

At a National level, Long has been a member of the All Australia Netball Association Coaching Panel and held the position of Australian Selector from 1985-1991.

In recognition of her achievements with Netball NSW, Long was awarded the Anne Clark Service Award in 1978 and then in 1982 was awarded with Life Membership of Netball NSW.