Four esteemed members of the netball community were inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, 14 November, at the 2015 State Dinner held in the Grand Ballroom at The Sydney Boulevard Hotel.
Former New South Wales representatives Alison Broadbent, Selina Gilsenan and Evie Carpenter, along with long-time administrator Moira McGuiness MBE became the 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th members of the NSW netball community to be entered into prestigious company following their great individual service to the sport.
Along with the new inductees, Australian netball great Anne Sargeant OAM became the first member of the Hall of Fame to be elevated to Legend status following the introduction of the award in 2015.
Sargeant’s latest elevation to Legend is the third of its kind, following the former goal shooter’s promotion in both the NSW Hall of Legends (2014) and Sport Australia Hall of Fame – Legend in October.
Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM paid tribute to all five Hall of Fame members, saying their individual efforts have gone a long way to growing our humble sport.
“Netball has always had a strong, healthy following in NSW and these women have all assisted in its continued growth and maturity as a sport,” Archer stated.
“These women have had outstanding careers, whether it be on the court or behind the scenes, and have all contributed long-lasting impressions on the game. As we continue our historical new chapter in NSW netball’s history, we pause to acknowledge these fantastic role models who embody everything which is great about our sport.
“It’s also a wonderful honour to elevate Anne Sargeant OAM as the first recipient of Netball NSW Legend status. Anne has devoted her career to growing netball, whether it is through her clinics with grassroots, to her role as Australian Diamonds selector. She has been at the forefront of netball for many decades and tonight’s celebration is our way of saying thank you.
“These women are richly deserving of this great honour, and it is my privilege to welcome them into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame,” Archer concluded.
Along with welcome the newest members of the Hall of Fame, the NSW netball community celebrated the following 2015 Award Recipients:
- Marilyn Melhuish OAM NSW Swifts Player of the Year: Susan Pettitt
- Marj Groves AM Scholarship: Kiera Austin (Eastwood Ryde)
- Nance Kenny OAM State League Player of the Year: Kaitlyn Bryce (St George District)
- Lynn Quinn OAM Bench Official Award: Lynette Bonnett (Hills District)
- Neita Matthews OAM Umpires Encouragement Award: Rowena Gibson (Hills District)
- Margaret Corbett OAM State League Coach of the Year: Margaret Murrin (Blue Mountains)
- Anne Clark BEM Service Awards: Laurel Cunico (Baulkham Hills Shire), Linda Free (St George District), Margaret Spackman (Forbes), Margaret Thoms (Woy Woy Peninsula), Beverley Thorpe (Shoalhaven)
- Judy Dunbar Media Awards: Sunday Telegraph, News Corp (Best Overall Media), Adam Hawse, Network 10 (Best Feature), Gregg Porteous, News Corp (Best Photograph), Michelle Cook, Nick McGrath & Matt Findlay, Central Western Daily (Community Media Excellence)
Hall of Fame Citation: Alison Broadbent (nee Williams)
A fierce defender and the third highest capped New South Wales representative, Alison Broadbent built a strong career as a cornerstone of the Waratah defence.
Earning her first State selection with the NSW 17/U Team in 1991, Alison went on to represent NSW in the 19/U, 21/U and Open National Netball Championships over a ten year period; finishing her career with three Championship titles in 1992, 1993 and 1999.
During this time Alison also made her elite netball debut with the Ku-ring-gai/Sydney Cenovis team in the MOBIL League, in which she contested from 1994-1996, before becoming a foundation member of the Sydney Swifts in 1997 with the introduction of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.
Alison made 152 appearances for the Swifts during a ten-year period and finished her career with three Commonwealth Bank Trophy Championship titles in 2001, 2004, and as an integral member of the historic 2006 Swifts team which finished the season undefeated and were awarded the 2006 Australian Team of the Year.
Alison’s career also included stints in the Green & Gold, having made 35 appearances for the Australian Netball Team from 2001 to 2006. This includes winning a 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal in Manchester, 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver Medal in Melbourne, and Silver at the 2003 Netball World Cup in Jamaica.
Hall of Fame Citation: Evie Carpenter (deceased)
The State’s second Captain, Evie Carpenter represented New South Wales over a ten-year period from 1924 to 1936, and was voted as Australia’s best defensive combination alongside Edna Pritchard in 1929.
Evie first began her representative career in 1924 when she was selected in the NSW Team to travel to Brisbane for a School’s Carnival while still attending Leichhardt School. The following year Evie joined the Ironhearts Basketball Club, in which she played for the Green & Gold of the Club over the next decade.
A talented sportswoman, Evie Captained NSW from 1932-1935, was Vice-Captain from 1929-1930 and 1936, and also a NSW Selector during this period (1933-36). During this time Evie was also actively playing cricket, which she also represented her State in, and in 1931 took time away from netball to concentrate on her Athletics career as a respected long-distance runner.
In 1935 Evie also acted as NSW Delegate to the All Australia Netball Association alongside NSW legend Anne Clark BEM.
Throughout her netball career Evie consistently tasted success, with her Ironhearts Basketball Club team either crowned Champions or Runners-Up throughout her ten-year playing career.
Hall of Fame Citation: Selina Gilsenan
One of netball’s most determined defensive midcourters, Selina Hornibrook (nee Gilsenan) compiled an impressive record in her netball career, which included appearances with the Australian Diamonds, the Sydney Swifts and the NSW Swifts.
A long-time New South Wales representative, Selina started with the Sutherland Shire Netball Association at age 11, before being selected in her first NSW side in 1997 which finished third at the 19/U National Netball Championships. Selina went on to represent the Waratah on five more occasions in both the NSW 21/U and Opens sides, claiming two Championship titles and two Runners-Up in the process.
In 2000, Selina made her elite netball debut with the Sydney Swifts in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy; going on to make 121 appearances during a seven year career. Selina was also an integral member of their Championship winning sides in 2001, 2004, their undefeated 2006 season, and final season in 2007 in which she was named the Grand Final MVP.
Selina made her international debut in 2005 and went on to represent Australia on 24 occasions, claiming a 2006 Commonwealth Games Silver Medal in Melbourne (alongside our previous inductee Alison Broadbent), and a Gold Medal at the 2007 Netball World Cup, in which was her final appearance in the Green & Gold.
In 2008 Selina joined the NSW Swifts as the Club’s Foundation Vice-Captain following the introduction of the ANZ Championship. Selina made 15 appearances for the Club, who were crowned the inaugural ANZ Championship Premiers after defeating the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in front of 12,099 spectators in Sydney; her efforts seeing Selina finish her career with the 2008 Marilyn Melhuish NSW Swifts Player of the Year Award.
Hall of Fame Citation: Moira McGuinness MBE (deceased)
Moira McGuinness’ (nee McLean) passion for netball spanned 40 years and many roles; from Club and Association to National levels.
Moira’s introduction to netball began in 1944 when she joined the local Women’s Basketball competition at Moore Park with the “Gaslight Girlies”, which were taken under the wing of NSW legend Anne Clark BEM.
Through the next five years Moira was a reserve player, umpire, Secretary and Chairman of the Scarborough Park Club, was the Moore Park delegate to the NSW Council, before taking up the position of Vice-President of the NSW Executive.
In 1963 Moira moved to St George Group, sparking a long-standing involvement with the Association. Moira was named the foundation President in 1968 when St George Group was voted to be included as a Netball Association, and in the same year took up the Secretary position on the NSW Executive – a position she held for a decade.
Later in life, Moira stated she had three ambitions whilst in the Secretary position – for all Associations and Districts to come under the NSW Women’s Basketball Association umbrella; to change the organisation’s name to the NSW Netball Association, and; to realise a 20-year dream of a NSW Netball headquarters. History shows Moira was successful in all three aspects, with the Anne Clark Centre opening for business in 1980.
From 1978 to her retirement in 1984, Moira was the Secretary/Treasurer of the All Australia Netball Association. During this time Moira was influential in the national body securing headquarter premises at Martin Place, the first paid Netball Association employee, and the introduction of the first Coaching Director.
Moira’s list of accolades include a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Commemorative Medal, an All Australia Service Award, is both a Netball NSW and St George Life Member, and a recipient of the Anne Clark Service Award.
Hall of Fame – Legend Citation: Anne Sargeant OAM
One of Australia’s greatest netball players ever, Anne Sargeant OAM represented Australia for Eleven years from 1978-1988 and captained the Australian Team for six years from 1983-1989.
During her time with the Australian Netball team Anne played in 3 World Championships where Australia was equal first with Trinidad and Tobago in 1979 and achieved first place in 1983.
Anne retired in 1988 leaving behind a record, which will almost certainly never be matched. This included the tour of Wales in 1985 when she captained an undefeated Australian side and posted a career personal best o0f three consecutive 100% shooting games.
Anne Sargeant was also a member of the NSW Netball from 1978-1988 and captain of the team from 1982 until 1988, in these last eight years leading her team to an impressive four Australian titles.
Anne’s outstanding contribution and achievement in netball was further recognised with the award of an Order of Australia in 1988 and in 2003 the award of ‘Sydney’s greatest Netball player ever’.
Following her retirement from national and international playing Anne has continued to contribute to Netball, firstly through coaching both at grassroots and National levels, and subsequently a netball commenter during the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, ANZ Championship and international test arena.
After being inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame (1987) and NSW Hall of Champions (1988), Anne has since become the first netball player to be elevated to Legend status in both sporting Hall of Fames in recent times.