Associations celebrate anniversaries in 2015

2015 will always be remembered as a landmark year for netball in New South Wales with the hosting of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.

However, 2015 also marked significant anniversaries for Baulkham Hill Shire, Manly Warringah and Tamworth Netball Associations. recently caught up with members of the Executive from each Association to look back on their accomplishments to date and their plans for the future.

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Julie Poole, Baulkham Hills Shire Netball Association President
The Association’s first winter competition commenced on Saturday 5 April, 1975.

How did BHSNA celebrate their 40th anniversary during 2015?
During our 40th year, BHSNA had a number of celebrations, but the highlight was the 40th Dinner held at the Novotel Norwest Grand Ballroom with over 250 people attending.  Current and former members had a great night catching up and reminiscing on the years past.  The evening was hosted by Anne Sargeant, attended by Baulkham Hills Shire Council Mayor, Andrew Jefferies; Councillor Robyn Preston and Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams, together with Netball NSW President Wendy Archer AM, CEO Carolyn Campbell, Board Members Ruth Havrlant & Carol Murphy.  Four past Presidents – Carol Murphy, Cathy Aird, Jenny Pike (nee Giles) and Leanne Perigo attended the evening.

What does the Association perceive as their most significant accomplishments to date?
The most significant achievement for the Association was the move from three venues to our current one-stop complex in Kellyville.  The vision and hard work by those early pioneers to establish the largest single sporting venue in the Hills Shire is truly inspirational.  Since the move to Kellyville the Association has built an administration building, two amenity buildings and additional netball courts (now totalling 38) plus the refurbishment of the canteen.

What is the vision of the Association for the next 40 years?
Our vision for the next 40 years is to continue to be leaders in providing an exceptional environment for netballers in the Hills Shire.

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Mary-Jane Hauser, Manly Warringah Netball Association President

Although MWNA only became affiliated with NSW Women’s Basket Ball Association in time for the 1966 season, we have been playing organised netball on the Northern Beaches since the 1950s. Women’s Basket Ball, as it was referred to then, was played in some schools since the 1930s and players would travel to compete at Raleigh Park during the ‘40s and ‘50s. Our logo for this year was “50 years an Association, over 80 years playing”.

How did MWNA celebrate their 50th anniversary during 2015?
The highlight of our celebrations was a dinner for 200 on July 3rd at Miramare Gardens, Terrey Hills. Hosted by Steve Robilliard, the night involved past and present players, umpires, administrators, sponsors and supporters.  Past Presidents included Noelene Helman, the earliest surviving past President.  Players from the first year of affiliation, as well as players from our first Rep team of 1966 attended.  Evie Langbein OAM and Roz DeLuca OAM, founding Members were present, along with past Australian players Anne Sargeant, Karan Smith & Wendy Glassman.  A photobook has been produced entitled ‘MWNA – A Snapshot of 50 years” and was launched at the Dinner.

What does the Association perceive as their most significant accomplishments to date?
The accomplishment we would be most proud of is being able to provide a consistently high class netball competition for thousands of women on the Northern Beaches since the 1950s.  To be ranked as one of the top Associations for all that time is testament to the quality of volunteers who have given their time and expertise over that period and provided a solid base for it to continue for another 50 years.  It is exciting and pleasing to see three generations of families involved weekly and the prospect of the 4th generation not far away.

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Dot Lockwood, Tamworth Netball Association President
Tamworth Netball Association became affiliated with the then NSW Women’s Basket Ball in June 1965.

How did Tamworth Netball Association celebrate their 50th anniversary during 2015?
TNA celebrated its 50th Birthday in conjunction with our winter competition presentation function, in what was a wonderful evening for all.  A full house was on hand at the Tamworth Town Hall, with the junior participants dancing the night away, while the seniors loved reminiscing over all the old publicity books that TNA had on display.  Many Life Members and plenty of former representatives were in attendance.

What does the Association perceive as their most significant accomplishments to date?
After playing on various temporary courts to be given a permanent home at “Carter Street” in the mid ‘80s, with the Official Opening in 1989, was a major achievement for the Association.  Later building and financing 18 hard courts (12 with acrylic surface) at the Dome, a new Indoor Sporting Complex with six indoor courts.  Also hosting both the 1981 Netball NSW State Age Championship and 2012 Masters were real highlights, and having teams qualify to participate in Championship Divisions of State Age on more than one occasion.
We pride ourselves on growing the sport throughout the region and have been delighted with the successful implementation of NetSetGO plus a social competition for People with Disabilities.

What is the vision of the Association for the next 50 years?
We want to continue to create an environment which fosters increased participation and leads to improved netball competitions, locally and regionally.  Our aim is for the Association’s representative teams to play at a higher standard and have them all eligible to compete in Championship Divisions of both State and State Age.  As an Association we would love to produce a State or an Australian player.  A real focus for us it to continue the education and qualifications of our coaches and for at least one of our umpires to gain an “A” Grade Badge.  Tamworth Netball Association is also looking to build our own Clubhouse at the Dome and hopefully host another major Netball NSW event in the future.