NETBALL NSW HALL OF FAME

About the Hall of Fame

Through the Hall of Fame, Netball NSW recognises the champions of the game, those who personify the spirit, excellence and skill required to reach the pinnacle of our sport.

These individuals are considered to be the “best of the best”; those who have given to the game beyond expectation, and who through their dedication and ability have achieved at the highest level.

We thank our Hall of Fame Inductees for everything they have done and continue to give to our game.  We are proud that they are part of our netball family, we are proud of their achievements and we are proud of the manner in which they have represented our game.

In 2011, for the first time, members were inducted in two classifications – Player and General.  The General Classification recognises inductees who have given in the administration, coaching, umpiring and officials areas of our sport.

In 2015, a Legend Status was introduced for existing Hall of Fame Inductees to be elevated; NSW netball stalwart Anne Sargeant OAM was the first recipient.

In 2016, Netball NSW introduced a Heritage category to pay tribute to artefacts which have significant historical value for the organisation.

Inductees

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 – General classification

A 2011 Hall of Fame General classification inductee, Marie Dunn OAM has been involved in netball at a Club, Association, state and international level for over 40 years.

A member of the Parramatta Auburn Netball Association, no task was ever too big or too small for Marie who during her time undertook a variety of roles including coach, scorer, manager, recorder, administrator and even an umpire, as well as holding various committee positions including Vice President.

Joining the Board of Netball NSW in 1980 as the Assistant Secretary, Marie was the organisation’s first Director of Marketing; a position she held until 1996.

Marie’s marketing ability was recognised in netball circles around the country and she was quickly invited to sit on a number of different committees including establishing the inaugural All Australian Marketing Committee. This led to roles on the 1991 World Netball Championship Committee, where she was responsible for the overall marketing of the event.

A regular on the score bench at Commonwealth Bank Trophy matches at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre and during Test Matches in Sydney during 2000 and 2001, Marie was also affectionately known as the ball girls’ “mum”; a role she took on during the 2003 CBT season.

Awarded the Anne Clark Service Award in 1987, Life Membership in 1989, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2007, Marie’s contribution to netball will never be forgotten.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011

Starting her netball career at the age of 11 at the Sutherland Shire Netball Association, Lisa Beehag is a former Australian and NSW representative player, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Player in 2011.

Lisa represented Australia on 25 occasions, including at the 1987 World Netball Championships where the team that finished joint silver-medallists with Trinidad and Tobago in Glasgow, Scotland (New Zealand won the gold medal).

Prior to her selection in the Australian Open Squad in 1986, Lisa was a member of the 1985 Under 21 National Squad as well as a variety of National Age Group Squads from 1980 to 1992.

A member of NSW State teams for 13 years, Lisa won 11 National Netball Championships during 1980 and 1993.

Following on from her retirement in the sport, Lisa pursued a career in coaching, working at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1994-2001.

She was also the Australian Team Assistant Coach working with Jill McIntosh during one of Australian netball’s most successful eras from 1997-2003 which included triumphs at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, 1999 World Championships and 2002 Commonwealth Games.

After stints coaching overseas in Canada and Singapore, Lisa returned to Australia to work at the NSW Institute of Sport in the role of Coaching Coordinator where she worked with elite coaches across all the sports supported by NSWIS.

In 2012, Lisa made her ANZ Championship coaching debut at the helm of the NSW Swifts and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Australia Day Honours List in 2020.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2007Maureen Boyle’s umpiring career began at the age of 12 and spans 30 years.  Hailing from New South Wales (NSW) and Manly-Warringah Netball Association, Maureen earned her C badge in 1968 and elevated to an ‘AA badge’ by 1977, making her one of the youngest umpires to receive this accolade.
The 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games, numerous international Test Matches and four World Championships (1987, 1991, 1995, 1999), are a snapshot of the elite netball matches which Maureen has officiated.

Maureen has won numerous awards including the NSW Sports Federation Official of the Year (1996), the inaugural International Federation of Netball Associations, an Order of Australia medal for services to netball (2004) and the prestigious Anne Clark Service Award (1999).

In NSW, Maureen was appointed to the role of Director of Umpiring (1986–1990) and during this time developed and implemented the first junior umpiring program and a range of coaching manuals and visual materials. These pioneering programs are the backbone of the umpiring programs today.

Maureen retired from umpiring in 2000, but continues to play a key role in the development of umpires and umpiring in Australia and internationally. Whether she is working with a junior umpire at the grassroots or developing one of Australia’s elite national pool of umpires, Maureen always display the same high level of interest, enthusiasm and passion for the game.

etball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2015 (Player)

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.

*deceased

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee
The name Anne Clark is synonymous with netball in NSW. Anne Clark was awarded her all Australia Umpires badge in 1931 and she umpired at most world tournaments from 1938 until 1975. Some of Anne’s most illustrious career highlights included the 1948 New Zealand Tour, the 1956 England Tour and the 1967 World tournament in Perth.Outside Australia, Anne is best known for her work in Papua New Guinea. Following her first visit on an umpiring lecture tour in 1966 Anne was chosen as the umpire for the South Pacific Games in Noumea in 1966 and again at Port Moresby in 1969.
Other notable credits in Anne’s’ memory include her selection as Netball NSW President from 1950–1978 and in 1968 she was awarded life membership. Her illustrious umpiring career also saw Anne selected as an umpire for the first A. A team against New Zealand in 1938 and as a senior official and umpire in the second World Tournament in Perth, 1967.

In recognition of her services to netball Anne was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1975. The headquarters of the NSW Netball Association has been named in her honour to recognise her outstanding contribution to netball.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2006 – elevated to Legend status in 2019

Margaret Corbett has made an extensive contribution to the game of netball for over 40 years.

Margaret has played a number of different roles within the netball community, including NSW Selector (20 years), NSW Convenor (12 years), NSW Coaching Director (20 years), NSW State Coach (20 years), NSWIS Head Coach (6 years), CBT Coach ( Sydney Sandpipers 1997 – 2000) and has spent 14 years as Australian underage Selector.

Margaret has been instrumental in the development of level one, two and three coaching courses. In 1984 she was appointed “Esso Director of Coaching”, and she has made a significant contribution to coaching both on and off the court for Netball NSW. During her period as NSW State Open Coach, the NSW team won Coveted “Golden Boot” in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 – an achievement never attained by any other State Coach.

Margaret has also made a significant contribution to netball at a National, State and Association level. She has developed many players to international standard, and has provided guidance and expertise to many NSW teams and officials. Her dedication to the sport has seen her travel across the state conducting camps, coaching players, providing school clinics and conducting level one and two coaching courses.

There is little that can compare to the dedication and service to Netball NSW provided by Margaret Corbett. It has been said of Margaret that “nothing has dimmed her dedication to her task, shacken her optimism that the best is still to come, or impaired her capacity to inspire the respect and support of her players”.

Margaret Corbett’s name will always be associated with some of the greatest successes achieved by Netball NSW.

At the 2019 she became the second Legend to be elevated within the organisation’s Hall of Fame.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2007

Hailing from Randwick Netball Association, Nicole Cusack showed great talent from a young age and was picked up by New South Wales selectors in the NSW 17/U team in 1982, 19/U team 1983, 21/U team 1984 –1986, and made her first Open team appearance in 1986.

A natural athlete, Nicole excelled in junior sports and could have represented Australia in a number of them. Luckily for us, Nicole chose netball and was a member of the national team for ten years 1989–1998 and state team for 12 years (1986–1997).

Nicole played a key role in the most prolific state team in New South Wales history. The NSW Open team won the national title nine times during Nicole’s era, eight of them consecutively and she captained the side in 1997.

Known to change the course of many games with her great turn of speed and skilful play making, Nicole retired in 1998 after appearing in 52 Australian test matches, securing a world championship title in 1995, and a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

With so much experience and knowledge of the game, Nicole continues to be involved as a mentor and coach developing the next generation of netball athletes.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2005

One of the greatest goalkeepers and goal defence players in the history of Australian netball, Keeley made her debut in the Australian Open Team in 1985 at the World Games in London. For over 10 years, she provided the defensive backbone of both the Australian and NSW teams with her tight circle defence, timing and uncanny ability to draw in rebounds.

Competing in World championships, Commonwealth Games and numerous National Netball Championships, the highlight of Keeley’s career was representing Australia in the 1991 World Championships in Sydney when Australia won the world title by just one goal in the final seconds of the game against the Silver Ferns.

Keeley was also an integral member of the NSW Open team, vice captaining the team to seven of its eight consecutive National Championship victories between 1987–1995. She also represented Randwick in the State League competition and the Sydney Electricity team who won the National Mobile League competition in 1996.

Upon her retirement from netball in 1996, Keeley boasted an incredible 69 test caps, cementing her as one of New South Wales and Australian’s most outstanding netballers.

In 1991, Keeley was awarded an Order of Australia Medal following Australia’s World Title triumph. Keeley’s outstanding achievements were further recognised in 2005, when she was inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions. Keeley has enjoyed a successful career in the media working for Fox Sports.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2004

Amy Dobbie’s outstanding contribution to netball as a player, coach and manager covers many years at the National and International levels.

Amy was first selected a player in the NSW state team in 1938. Following the break in World War 2, Amy was selected as Vice-Captain of the state team in 1946 and was again Vice-Captain from 1948–1949. Amy was appointed Captain of the state team from 1950 until 1952.

Amy’s talent was also recognised at the Australian level when she was an invitee to play for Australia against New Zealand in 1947.

Following her retirement as a player Amy continued with the NSW State team either as a coach or manager of the team from 1954 until her retirement in 1975.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 – General classification

A 2011 Hall of Fame General classification inductee, Marie Dunn OAM has been involved in netball at a Club, Association, state and international level for over 40 years.

A member of the Parramatta Auburn Netball Association, no task was ever too big or too small for Marie who during her time undertook a variety of roles including coach, scorer, manager, recorder, administrator and even an umpire, as well as holding various committee positions including Vice President.

Joining the Board of Netball NSW in 1980 as the Assistant Secretary, Marie was the organisation’s first Director of Marketing; a position she held until 1996.

Marie’s marketing ability was recognised in netball circles around the country and she was quickly invited to sit on a number of different committees including establishing the inaugural All Australian Marketing Committee. This led to roles on the 1991 World Netball Championship Committee, where she was responsible for the overall marketing of the event.

A regular on the score bench at Commonwealth Bank Trophy matches at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre and during Test Matches in Sydney during 2000 and 2001, Marie was also affectionately known as the ball girls’ “mum”; a role she took on during the 2003 CBT season.

Awarded the Anne Clark Service Award in 1987, Life Membership in 1989, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and the Order of Australia Medal in 2007, Marie’s contribution to netball will never be forgotten.

A pioneer in Australian sport, Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM represented New South Wales in both the Opens (1984-1987) and 21/U (1981-1983) State Teams, claiming four Championship titles during that period.

The talented midcourter went on to play 18 Tests for Australia after making her international debut against New Zealand in Christchurch in May 1986.  Her career included winning a silver medal at the 1987 Netball World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ella-Duncan was also the first Indigenous athlete to receive a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Born and raised in Sydney, Ella-Duncan – a descendant of the Yuin nation on the NSW far south coast – began her netball career as a nine-year-old at the La Perouse Netball Club, playing in a team of girls five years older than her.

She has received numerous awards over her career, on and off the court, including an Order of Australia Medal for services to netball in 1988, and in 2015 was inducted into the Netball Australia Hall of Fame.

Ella-Duncan continues to combine her loves of sport and championing issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

She is the coaching co-ordinator for the Randwick Netball Association (RNA) in Sydney, coaches the RNA’s State League team and founded the Pearlers Netball Club, which provides an inclusive, diverse and supportive netball environment for all its members.

She is also a member of Netball Australia’s Working Group to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan, and has been a leader and visionary in her desire to see more indigenous people – particularly girls – to be involved in netball and lead happy, healthy lives.

Inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2016

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2013

Regarded as Australia’s most successful netballer and leading circle defender, Liz Ellis AM 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.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 – Player

2011 Netball NSW Hall of Fame Player inductee Sharon Finnan OAM began her NSW representative career in 1987 as a member of the NSW 21/U team. From here she moved up into the NSW Open team where she enjoyed 10 years of success as a wing defence and goal defence. In her final year with NSW, she was bestowed the highest honour by being awarded the captaincy of the team.

Sharon represented Australia on 20 occasions with her first coming in 1990 where she captured a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Her career highlights also include two World Championship victories in 1991 and 1999.

On the national front, Finnan made her debut in the Mobil League for Sydney Electricity. She also played 68 games in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy for the Sydney Sandpipers and Queensland Firebirds before she retired in 2000.

In 2007, Sharon made a return to the international arena as the Assistant Coach of Trinidad and Tobago at the World Netball Championships where the team finished 11th.

Prior to taking on the role of Technical Director with Trinidad and Tobago Netball, Finnan worked as National Netball Development Manager for the National Aboriginal Sports CorporationAustralia.

Finnan was awarded the Medal of the Order Of Australia (OAM) for services to sport in 1992 and in 1995 she was inducted into the Randwick City Council Hall of Fame.

One of the finest NSW netballers to ever grace the court, Mo’onia Gerrard was born in Bathurst in 1980 and made her elite debut with the Sydney Sandpipers in 1999 in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy.

Having won numerous awards at that club, including Best New Talent (1999) and the Players’ Player Award (2003) it was subsequently with the Swifts where she really came into the limelight.

Under the tutelage of Julie Fitzgerald at the Sydney Swifts from 2004 to 2007, Gerrard went on to win three Premierships, as well as make her debut for the Australian Diamonds in 2004.

The 134th player to don the famous Diamonds dress, Gerrard was a key member of the Australian teams which won the 2007 and 2011 Netball World Cups, while she also won Commonwealth Games silver in Delhi in 2010.

From 2008 to 2010 Gerrard left NSW to ply her trade in South Australia with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, going on to win another Premiership in the form of the 2010 ANZ Championship.

She returned to NSW to link up with the Swifts again in 2011 (by that time known as the NSW Swifts), and helped them into another Finals campaign.

Of Tongan decent and from a very talented sporting family (her brother Mark Gerrard represented the Wallabies in rugby union), Gerrard was also the recipient of prestigious awards such as the 2008 Liz Ellis Diamonds and the 2010 Australian International Player of the Year.

Never one to forget her roots, Gerrard has done amazing work in the community with the Australia Post ONE Netball Program, Netball NSW’s Oceania Cup and Mo’onia’s Cup in conjunction with Tonga Netball.

She has also been involved with NSW competitions such as the DOOLEYS State & Metro League, the Netball NSW Premier League and provided specialist coaching for the NSW Swifts, NSW State Teams and Australian underage squad camps.

Gerrard has since coached elite netball in the English Superleague with the Severn Stars and in 2016 received an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to netball and the community.

It was our great honour to induct Mo’onia Gerrard into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame at the 2018 Netball NSW State Dinner.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2015 (Player)

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, 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.

Selina was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame at the 2015 Netball NSW State Dinner.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2009

The Hunter region has produced many fine netballers over the years but one whose influence will never diminish is their first Australian representative player Lois Green.  

A member of the Newcastle Netball Association, Lois along with her younger sister Nola, started her netball career at St Aloysius Girls High School in Hamilton and it was here that her love of netball was fostered.  

Since making her debut for New South Wales in 1954 as a goal keeper and goal defence, Lois went on to become one of the state’s longest serving representatives.  

Her impressive playing record includes ten national championships, as well as the Vice Captaincy in 1957 and Captaincy from 1961–1963.  

In 1961 Lois became Newcastle’s first Australian representative player when she was selected in the Australian Squad.  

Lois and her sister Nola also created history by being the only two sisters from New South Wales to be in the Australian Squad at the same time.  

Lois received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her participation and support of netball for over 50 years.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2008

Nola Green is a name synonymous with netball in Newcastle across the state of New South Wales, and etched in history as an Australian shooter with poise and grace.  

A member of Newcastle Netball Association for over 45 years, Nola started playing netball at St Aloysius Girl’s High School in Hamilton as she wanted to emulate the talents of her elder sister Lois, also an Australian representative in later years.  

Nola was a natural at netball, and was a representative player for Newcastle Netball Association for over two decades from 1957 until 1978 and captained the Newcastle side during the first Australian Club Championship in 1977 and a tour of Singapore that same year.  

Nola debuted for New South Wales in 1958 and played in state representative sides during the next 14 years, with roles as Captain in 1966, Vice-Captain in 1968 for a tour to New Guinea, and as Captain/Coach in 1969 for an international tour in Singapore.  

In 1965, Nola was selected in the Australian Netball Team which was invited to tour New Zealand where the team won nine of their eleven matches.  

After retiring from her representative playing days, Nola then gave her time to Newcastle Netball Association as an Executive Committee member for over 20 years.   Nola received the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and was inducted into the Hunter region Sporting Hall of Fame in 2002.

A Life Member of Newcastle Netball Association, Nola’s contribution to the game was significant as a player, administrator and as a passionate netball advocate.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 – General classification

Marjorie “Marj” Groves AM* was involved in the administration of netball at all levels for over 40 years and was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame as a General classification member in 2011.

A dedicated and committed administrator, Marj filled many roles for the state body including Netball NSW Vice President, Minute Secretary, Assistant Secretary and was the Secretary for 17 years. She was also responsible for designing the Waratah Emblem in 1970, which is worn with great pride by all who represent Netball in NSW.  Marj was instrumental in the organisation of the 60 years of Netball celebrations in 1988.

Marj was the Sutherland Shire Netball Association Returning Officer and served on the Grading and Fixtures Committees for 16 years.

At the National level, she managed Interstate Teams and was a member of numerous committees ranging from appeals to internal tours.

Marj played an active role in Sydney’s successful bid to host the 1991 World Netball Championships. As a member of the Local Organising Committee she undertook the role of Convenor of the Programming and Ticketing Committee.

Marj’s service to netball was recognised in 1990 when she was awarded the Medal of Australia. She is also a Life Member of Netball NSW (1981) and a recipient of the Anne Clark Service Award (1977).

*deceased

Terese Kennedy has represented Australia internationally in both netball and Basketball. With 15 international test caps to her credit Terese was in integral part of the Australian line-up for almost a decade.

She was Vice-Captain of the Australian team which won the third World Netball Tournament in Jamaica in 1971. Playing in the vital goal keeper and goal defence positions she was also in Australia’s team which competed successfully in the Fifth World series in Trinidad in 1979. Terese was Captain/Coach of NSW for the 1971 Australian championships. In 1976 and again in 1979 Terese captained NSW to joint premierships at the Australian Championships. She was also Captain/Coach of Randwick which were inter district premiers in 1977.

Terese represented NSW in 1970 as Captain, 1971 as Captain/ Coach, 1972 as Coach, and in 1976–1979 she captained the team to joint National Champions.

Terese was known to be a fierce competitor, however is well respected in both netball and basketball circles and is known as a true sportswoman and ambassador for women’s sport.

On 26th October 1979 Terese became the first netballer to be inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 – General classification

Inducted into the Hall of Fame as a General classification member in 2011, Nance Kenny OAM* joins her daughter Sue as an inductee into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame. This is the first mother-daughter combination to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Nance has over 50 years of administration experience at an Association, state, national and international level.

Vice President of Randwick Netball Association for 35 years from 1971 – 2006, Nance was also involved on many Netball NSW sub-committees including selection, finance, national affairs and building.

Whilst holding down this role Nance was a valued member of the Netball NSW Executive where she was the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Liaisons Officer and Director of Finance for a period spanning 50 years.

Nance had two stints on the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) from 1963 – 1967 and again from 1987 – 1991. She also played an active role on many Netball Australia committees ranging from publications, selections, finance, and appeals and was also involved on the World Tournament Organising Committee in 1967 and 1991.

Receiving the Order of Australia Medal in 1980, Nance is also a Life Member of Netball NSW (1966) and Randwick Netball Association (1983), recipient of the Netball Australia Service Award (1975) and Australia Day Service Award (1998) and in 2000 she was presented with a Special Recognition Award from the NSW Sports Federation for her contribution to netball.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2004

A member of the Australian Netball Team from 1986 until 1994, Sue Kenny was Vice-Captain from 1989 until 1994. Sue represented Australia in the winning team at the Commonwealth Games in 1990 where netball was a demonstration sport. In 1991 Sue was a member of the World Championship team that defeated New Zealand by a solitary goal.

For 12 years from 1985 until 1996 Sue was a member of the NSW Netball team and for seven of those was State team Captain. Sue remains the most capped NSW Captain in history and over this period of leadership the NSW team won the National Championships for eight years in succession.

Sue’s uncanny ability to read the games and create attacking opportunities earned her the on court nickname of “The General”.

In recognition of her outstanding netball abilities and achievements in 1991 Sue was awarded the Order of Australia and in 2001 was inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.

Vicki Kerr (née Poat) embodies what it means to represent the Waratah of New South Wales, having been both a player and coach during an unrivalled period for NSW State Team netball.

The dynamic circle defender began her netball career with the Sutherland Shire Netball Association, and was a Member of the NSW Open Team from 1971-1978; captaining the Team in 1973 and Vice-Captain from 1974-1977.

Her success as a player transferred to the coaching ranks, when Kerr held the position of NSW 21/U Head Coach from 1982-1990. During this time, the NSW 21/U team won six National Netball Championships (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989), which to this day remains an unbeaten benchmark.

Kerr continues to pass on her vast knowledge and experience, coaching Sutherland Shire Netball Association representative teams across all age divisions.

In 1985, Kerr was made a Life Member of Sutherland Shire Netball Association, and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for services to Netball.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2013

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. She was made an OAM on Australia Day 2014.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2015 (General classification)

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.

*deceased

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2010

Dorothy ‘Dot’ McHugh OAM was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2010.

Dorothy first became involved in netball as a player in the early 1940s. Unfortunately injury prevented her from following that path but it steered her in another direction as she became involved in the administrative side of netball and also in umpiring, earning her All Australian Umpires Award at the National Tournament in 1957.

Dorothy was introduced to netball administration at Association level and went on to hold a number of executive positions for the state  including NSW Vice President in 1953, Secretary from 1954-1960, Insurance Officer 1961-62, Treasurer in 1963 and  Umpires Convenor in 1965 and 1968. In recognition of her service she was awarded with Life Membership of Netball NSW in 1970.

Dorothy also served as NSW Delegate to the All Australia Netball Association (known now as Netball Australia) for many years; 1954-1959 and 1966-1989 and also served on many AANA Committees.

In recognition of her contribution to the sport at the national level, Dorothy was presented with the Netball Australia Service Award in 1974.

In the years following Dorothy had the honour of representing Australia as Delegate at the International Federation of Netball Associations Councils at the World Tournaments in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987.

Her international representation did not end there, after the 1987 World Tournament in Scotland, she was appointed as General Secretary of IFNA, a position she held until 1991.

In 1995 Dorothy became the first NSW member to receive the prestigious IFNA Service Award.

Ms Helen Mann* was a true pioneer for the sport of Netball, making an outstanding contribution to administration at both the State and National levels.

From the early 1930s, she was involved in what was known as the “playground movement” for over thirty years. Run by the Council of City of Sydney, the movement provided recreational facilities for children living in Sydney’s inner city areas.

Mann introduced an inter-playground netball competition and eventually formed the NSW Junior Association. She became the first Secretary of the NSW Junior Association, which was affiliated with the NSW Association. Mann’s commitment to the cause drew many admirers wishing to assist, and as the movement grew in numbers, many playground teams entered the NSW Association’s Saturday afternoon competitions.

Girls from various playgrounds went on to represent at the State Level, namely Daisy Barlett, Pat Chadwick, Kay Ryan, Pat and Therese McCarthy and Carole Sykes; others became administrators at District Associations. The “Coronation” Playground provided a venue which was one of the few hard courts in Sydney for State training, State selection and badging for umpires.

Mann became secretary of the NSW Association in 1947 and held the position until 1951; during this time she was also NSW Delegate to the All Australia Netball Association (1947-1951), NSW Opens State Team Manager (1950), NSW Liaison Officer All Australia Netball Association (1951), then in 1952 was elected Secretary/Treasurer of All Australia, a position she held until 1957.

For her distinguished service to netball, Mann became the first NSW Member to receive All Australia service award in 1959.

*Deceased

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2011 – General classification

Neita Matthews OAM was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame as a General classification member at the 2011 Netball NSW State Dinner.

Neita Matthews OAM started her netball career at the age of eight at Mayfield West Primary School in Newcastle and since then has gone on to become one of the most respected umpiring figures in NSW and Australian netball.

In 1966, she became Newcastle’s first All Australian umpire when she achieved the feat at the National Netball Championships held in Sydney.

Moving to Sydney with her family in 1967, Neita continued her career with Eastwood Ryde Netball Association and in 1968 she was elected Umpires Convenor before being elected President in 1994; a role she continued in until 2004.

Her administrative service to the sport did not stop at an Association level; she was elected Netball NSW Junior Vice President in 1968 and also held the position of NSW Umpire Coordinator for 17 years. During this time she assisted with the implementation of modified rules, as well as coordinating many seminars and camps and assisted with the badging and testing of umpires across the state.

From 1968 – 1976 she was a member of the Netball Australia Umpires Committee whilst continuing to umpire at National Netball Championships. In 1987 she moved into the role of secretary of the Oceania Netball Association, a position she held until 1991.

In 1978 Neita was one of four umpires within Australia to be allocated a game in the Test Series between Australia and Trinidad & Tobago.

Neita has an impressive list of achievements which is highlighted by Life Memberships of Eastwood Ryde Netball Association (1977) and Netball NSW (1980), Patron of Netball NSW (1987 – present), recipient of the Australian Sports Medal (2000) and Centenary Medal for service to the community through amateur sport (2003), Anne Clark Award for services to netball (2004) and the Order of Australia Medal on the 2007 Australia Day Honours List.

Marilyn Melhuish OAM has made a significant and lasting contribution to netball at a District, State, National, and International level for over fifty years.

She has been a long serving volunteer and has credentials in the technical areas of umpiring, coaching and administration.

Hailing from St George District Netball Association, an Association she still remains involved with until this day, Melhuish first held the position of Secretary (1974-75) and later as President (1977-1988).

For sixteen years from 1981, Melhuish was a NSW State Team Manager and also Australian Team Manager from 1985-1996; being awarded the All Australia service award in 1997 and Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992 for services to netball.

She brought her extensive knowledge and experience to the role of Netball NSW President between 1997-2003, while sitting on the National Affairs Committee, and as Convenor, Netball NSW Appointments Panel.  From 1999-2004, Melhuish was also a Director, All Australia Netball Association.

To acknowledge her contribution to Netball NSW, Melhuish was made Life Member in 2004, with the governing body’s National Netball League Player of the Year Award being named in her honour.

Melhuish held the position of President, All Australia Netball Association from 2004-2006, and was the All Australia Delegate to Asian Netball Federation during this period.

Over the past decade, Melhuish has continued to be a proud advocate of netball across all facets of the game, providing support and mentoring where needed.

A school teacher by profession, Margaret’s netball career started at Manly-Warringah and she went on to play for Sydney Teacher’s College and at Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). It was here at YWCA that her talent came to the fore and she was selected to represent New South Wales.

Making her NSW debut in 1946, Margaret went on to represent at eight National Championships and was appointed Vice-Captain in 1954, 1955 and 1958 and Captain in 1956 and 1957.

Her outstanding performances for NSW were rewarded with selected in the 1948 Australian Team to tour New Zealand. However, a teaching opportunity in the United Kingdom prompted Margaret’s withdrawal from the team.

Returning from the UK, Margaret picked up from where she left off, representing NSW at National Championships and gaining selection in the 1956 Australian Team.

In 1958, while still playing, Margaret obtained her National Umpire’s Badge. Her umpiring and administrative background saw her represent Australia at the first and second World Tournaments in England (1963) and Perth (1967). She was also the author of the first Umpire’s Guide Book for the All Australian Netball Association (AANA).

Margaret’s contribution to netball wasn’t just on the court, she was also an astute administrator holding Executive positions with Netball NSW for nearly 20 years and acting as a delegate to the AANA Council for four years.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2014

Edna Pritchard* made a significant contribution to the sport of netball in NSW, being selected in the first NSW State basketball side in 1928. Pritchard captained this team and remained a member of the team and captain for the next four years, before her retirement from representative basketball in 1932.

She will forever be remembered as the first NSW State Captain and a fantastic defensive player. In 1929, Pritchard and Evie Carpenter were voted “the finest defensive combination in Australia” at the Interstate Carnival, and in 1930 she was a NSW Delegate to the All Australia Netball Association.

Pritchard was also a champion cricketer, representing NSW during the years 1928 to 1935; she went on to play baseball and golf, and was Patron of Orange Netball Association from the 1960’s until 1985.

*Deceased

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2012

Edna Medcalf’s love of netball, or as it was known in the 1920’s as women’s basketball, began when she started playing the game at Arncliffe Domestic Science secondary school in 1925.

After beginning employment with WD & HO Wills at just 14 years old in 1927, she continued to play netball by joining the Vice Regal Club and it was there that she met and became good friends with netball legend, Anne Clark.

Edna was always considered an athlete; she played women’s basketball, cricket and golf at representative levels, as well as involved in swimming carnivals and she claimed victory in the City Girls Diving Championships during her teens.

Edna was first selected to represent NSW in netball when she was 19 years old, and would run out for her state from 1932-1939.  Edna first took on a leadership role in 1935 when she was named Vice-Captain, and in 1936 was elevated to the role of NSW Captain becoming the third NSW Captain, a role she continued to do until 1939.  Edna was also the captain and coach of the NSW side in 1938.

In 1938 Edna also became the first NSW player to be selected to represent Australia. In that year, the All Australia (AA) team defeated New Zealand in a match played at Royal Park in Melbourne.

A recognised Goal Shooter, Edna also took the court at Wing Attack and after her playing career ended she continued to be involved in the sport.  She was a NSW state selector from 1948 to 1950 and 1952, after taking over as NSW Opens Coach in 1951, where she was joined by her good friend Anne Clark as Team Manager.

In 1952 Edna was inducted as a Life Member of the NSW Netball Association.

Edna conducted her netball career, reflecting her Vice Regal Club’s motto: “It is not the prize – but the game”.

Edna was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2012.

*deceased

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2004
Netball NSW Hall of Fame Legend 2015

One of Australia’s greatest netball players ever, Anne Sargeant represented Australia for eleven years from 1978–1988 and captained the Australian Team for six years from 1983–1988. During her time with the Australian Netball team Anne played in three 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 of 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.

In 1987 Anne was inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame and in 1988 she was admitted to the NSW Hall of Champions. 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 Netballer Ever”.

Following her retirement from National and International playing Anne has continued to contribute to Netball firstly through coaching at the National level and subsequently as an outstanding netball commentator at Commonwealth Bank Trophy, National and International matches.

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.

This was followed by her elevation to Legend status in the Netball NSW Hall of Fame at the 2015 Netball NSW State Dinner, the first Hall of Fame inductee to be honoured in this way.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2012

Karan Bulloch started her netball career playing as a junior at Manly-Warringah Netball Australia at the age of nine.  Since first lacing her netball shoes in 1970, Karan had a meteoric rise through the netball ranks.

Karan first made the NSW Open team in 1978 at the age of 17, at which time she was coached by NSW legend and Hall of Fame Inductee (1982) Margaret Corbett.

An aerialist defender with superior timing and ability, the NSW State teams benefitting from Karan’s talent from 1978 to 1984, in which she represented the Waratah in six consecutive seasons.

And, it was during this time that Karan was selected in her first Australian team in 1981.

She was included in the Australian Team tour of New Zealand in 1982 and was part of the victorious Australian Team which competed at the 1983 World Netball Championship team conducted in Singapore.

During her national career Karan represented Australia 16 times as a defender, renowned as a player beautiful to watch in action, guaranteed to make an impact for her teammates and could always be relied upon to create ‘something’ special for her side.

Since her retirement, Karan has remained involved with the sport by taking on various coaching roles.  She is currently the Head Coach of the Narrabeen Sports High School netball program, and frequently assists her good friend and fellow Australian team mate, Anne Sargeant with her private netball clinics.

Karen was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2012.

A member of the Randwick Netball Association, Carole first represented NSW in 1959 as a member of the NSW Night team.

Selected in the NSW Opens Team in 1962, Carole spent nine years in the team; three as Vice-Captain and two as Captain. Her performances for NSW earned her selection in the 1970 Australian Netball Squad.

After retiring from playing in 1979, Carole turned her attention to coaching. Prior to coaching the NSW 17/U team to three National Championship victories from four attempts, she was a member of the Australian Team staff as a satellite coach.

In 1991 and from 1993 through to 1996, Carole coached in the ESSO Super League and MOBIL League competitions, claiming the Prime Minister’s Cup as MOBIL League National Champions in 1991 with Sydney Pulsars and 1995 with Sydney Electricity.

Returning from a six year break in 2001, Carole coached in the NSW Indigenous State of Origin Series for a number of years, whilst juggling her commitments to the National program as a selector for the Opens, 17 and 19 age groups.

Awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her services to the administration of netball, Carole was also a selector for the NSW Swifts that claimed the inaugural 2008 ANZ Championship.

In recognition for her extensive contribution to netball, Carole was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2008.

State Representation: 1959–1961 NSW Night State Team; Player 1962–1971 NSW Open Team – Vice Captain for three years, Captain for two years; 1992–1995 Coach, NSW 17/U Team, three time National Champions; 2001–2004 Coach, NSW Indigenous State of Origin Series.

International Representation: Carole was named in the 1970 Australian Squad; 1989–1992 Australian Team Satellite Coach; 2002-2008 Australian selector – Opens, 17/U & 19/U.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2005

A superb all-round athlete and tireless centre court player, Carissa Tombs played netball at the elite level for over a decade and represented both her state and her country on numerous occasions.

Carissa was selected in her first Australian team in 1989 for the Milo series in New Zealand and was on court for the thrilling final of the 1991 World Championships when the Australian team defeated New Zealand by one goal. Carissa was also a member of the 1995 and 1999 Australian World Championship team and then retired from international netball in October 1999, having helped Australia win its third consecutive World Championship. The previous year, after having recovered from a knee reconstruction, Carissa was a member of the gold medal winning team at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Carissa played in the Australian team for 11 years from 1989–1999 and with the career record of 94 test matches, retired as Australia’s second most capped player.

Carissa helped NSW win eight National Netball Championship titles, seven straight between 1988 and 1994. In the early years of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy 1997–1999, Carissa captained the Sydney Sandpipers .

In 1991, Carissa’s achievements as part of the World Championship-winning Australian team were recognised with an Order of Australia medal. Further recognition of Carissa’s outstanding career came in 2003, when she was inducted to the NSW Hall of Champions.

Netball NSW Hall of Fame Inductee 2010

Catriona Wagg OAM was inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame in 2010, joining a distinguished list of players, umpires, coaches and administrators with the prestigious honour.

Catriona is well known as one of the greatest attacking players for New South Wales and Australia.

Her first taste of representative netball came through Ku-ring-gai Netball Association, and she quickly graduated to state teams, national leagues and national teams during her 12 years of elite netball.

In 1986 Catriona made her state representative debut for the NSW 19 & Under team and NSW 21 & Under team the same year.

She was a prominent member of the NSW Open Team that dominated the late 80s and early 90s; she joined the team in 1989 and the side reigned as national champions until 1994 – the Golden Boot Era of netball.

Catriona made her international debut at the 1990 Commonwealth Games at age 22, going on to win a gold medal.

The highlight of Catriona’s international career came in 1991 as part of the Australian Team which defeated New Zealand by one goal in the thrilling World Championships in Sydney, the players were rewarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia for their efforts.

Catriona underwent a knee reconstruction in 1996 but returned to the court in 1997 to captain the Sydney Swifts in the Commonwealth Bank Trophy and toured with the Australian team. She wrapped up her on-court career in 1998 after 41 appearances in the green and gold and 49 games for the Swifts.

In retirement the accolades continued for Catriona; she was presented with an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for her contribution to netball and in 2010 was inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions.

Heritage Category

The 2018 State Age Championships took place from 7-9 July 2018, and were hosted by the following Associations:

Championship Division – Liverpool City Netball Association
Division 2 – Camden & District Netball Association
Division 3 – Eastwood Ryde Netball Association
Division 4 – Inner Western Suburbs Netball Association

Almost 3,000 players, representing 300-plus teams from 88 Associations from all over New South Wales, took part in the 50th hosting of the event.

Each age group – 12/U, 13/U, 14/U and 15/U – had a Championship Division, as well as Divisions 2, 3 and 4. The winner of each Championship Division was crowned State Champions of their respective age group. 

For full results and standings please visit the MyNetball Fixtures & Results page. Below the winners and runners up from each Division.

Netball NSW also would like to thank the following Partners for their support of the 2018 State Age Championships: The Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), BBX, Tafe NSW, QBE Insurance and The Kids’ Cancer Project.

The 2018 State Championships were hosted by Gosford Netball Association from Saturday 9 June – Monday 11 June, 2018.

They marked the 50th hosting of the iconic Championships and 96 teams from 71 Associations travelled from all over New South Wales to participate on the Central Coast.

It was an incredible competition, with spirits high despite the rain and grey skies, but the sun came out in full force to shine a light on the closing afternoon.

Two sets of State Champions were crowned: Manly Warringah, who won the Opens Championships Division, and Manly Warringah again, who also won the 17/U Championship Division.

There was also success for Newcastle, who won the at Weston OAM Country Championship Trophy, awarded to the highest ranked regional team in the Open Championship Division.

Sponsored by footwear company Dunlop, The Golden Boot was the prize awarded to the victorious State at the National Open Championships throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

It was a tournament that NSW dominated as the State Opens team won an amazing nine national titles under the stewardship of Head Coach Margaret Corbett OAM and Team Manager Marilyn Melhuish OAM.

Great stories also developed around the game at that time. Corbett became famous all over NSW as she went from town to town, and Association to Association, in her trusty Mazda 626 to find the best talent she could to bring success to the State.

Thus it came to pass that NSW won Golden Boots in 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. That the netball shoe was dipped in gold was fitting to mark a golden age of success for Netball NSW.

“Long before Suncorp Super Netball, the Trans-Tasman Netball League and Commonwealth Bank Trophy there was The Golden Boot,” Archer said when inducting the Golden Boots into Netball NSW’s Hall of Fame Heritage Category at the 2017 State Dinner.

“Not only did the NSW dominate the Golden Boot, players such as Lisa Beehag, Susan Kenny OAM, Nicole Cusack, Carissa Tombs OAM, Keeley Devery OAM, Marcia Ella-Duncan OAM, Sharon Finnan, Wendy Etherington, Natallie Avellino, Cheryl McCormack, Marianne Murphy, Annie Sargeant OAM, Karan Bulloch and Catriona Wagg OAM all became staples of the Australian Diamonds team.

“No matter the weather, come rain, hair or shine – and in an era when Diamonds would star for Australia against the Kiwis one week then play on their local Clubs’ outdoor courts the next, netball in NSW excelled backed then as it does today.

“It was one of our golden periods and we are delighted to induct these nine Golden Boots into the Netball NSW Hall Of Fame.”

Hall of Fame – Heritage category

The 1969 NSW Netball Association team consisted of ten players: Captain/Coach Nola Green (2008 Hall of Fame), Vice-Captain Carole Sykes (2008 Hall of Fame), Frances Hayes, Nancy Atterton, Carol Trimble, Lorraine Burton, Eileen Jones, Kaye Thomas, Jan Meades, and Vicki Kerr (2014 Hall of Fame inductee).

Their manager was the great Nance Kenny OAM (2011 Hall of Fame), and Umpire Neita Matthews OAM – also 2011 Hall of Fame inductee and our current Netball NSW Patron.

The team was selected from the NSW Netball Association to represent Australia at a Tournament in Singapore to mark their 150th anniversary.

The Tournament was played over five days; from 11 August to 15 August 1969 at the Singapore Netball courts.

There were 15 other countries competing in a range of sports at the tournament, but there was great interest in netball, with Army, Navy and Airforce teams also participating.
Our NSW Team went through the tournament undefeated.

At the Closing Ceremony Nance Kenny was presented with a 150th year Anniversary Memento Of the Pesta Sukan (Festival of Sport).

If we consider the era in which this team travelled and the resources available to our sport, it was truly an outstanding effort to attend the Tournament and compete internationally, let alone to return home without a loss.

Inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame – Heritage in 2016

The NSW Women’s Basketball Association Minute Book is one of the most significant artefacts in our 87-year history.

This minute book is almost 90 years old, as such in a very delicate condition, and is the original documentation by which the foundations of the sport were built in 1927.

Some of the content that lies within this book includes:

Minutes from 18 September, 1935, which includes our Constitution
Details of the first annual Membership Free
And finally, minutes which included the City Girls’ Amateur Sports Association to register as NSW Women’s Basket Ball Association.

Inducted into the Netball NSW Hall of Fame – Heritage in 2016