Netball association celebrates long history

NARACOORTE Netball Association celebrated its long history on the weekend.

About 100 guests gathered for the "past and present" reunion held at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms on Saturday evening.

Maureen Biggins (left) and  Erica Hyslop unveil the old squad blazer at the Naracoorte Netball Association "past and present" reunion on Saturday. It was worn at country carnivals in Adelaide sometime before 1957/58.

Maureen Biggins (left) and Erica Hyslop unveil the old squad blazer at the Naracoorte Netball Association "past and present" reunion on Saturday. It was worn at country carnivals in Adelaide sometime before 1957/58.

Most came from the local area; however, a woman who played in the mid-1960s, Margery Ludwig (nee Wade), travelled all the way down from Adelaide especially for it.

Records officer and life member Erica Hyslop said she was happy with how it all went.

"The night went really well," she said.

"Everyone had a great time looking at memorabilia and reminiscing about their days at Market Sq and the shift to the sports centre."

A special framed blazer, which was worn by the squad team at the Adelaide country carnivals, was unveiled by Mrs Hyslop and Maureen Biggins, a former squad player.

Its origins were unknown but it was discovered that it dated back to sometime before 1957 or 1958.

Life members Marj Haynes, Norma McInnes and Robert Hack were all present and spoke about their years playing, umpiring and coaching, or doing all three, with the Naracoorte Netball Association.

It was a full-house at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms on Saturday night as locals and visitors celebrated the long history of the Naracoorte Netball Association.

It was a full-house at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms on Saturday night as locals and visitors celebrated the long history of the Naracoorte Netball Association.

Stories were told about the hard training sessions with one of the stronger teams, Goldwyns - players warmed up by running from MacDonnell St up to the swimming lake hill, past Naracoorte Primary School, to the Shell roadhouse and back to the courts.

This would also be done with weights attached to the players' ankles and arms.

Games were played regardless of the weather - in rain, hail or shine - and Goldwyns were the dominant team in the association for many years.

Arrows were usually the runners-up; however, one year they managed to win three grand finals in the A, A2 and B grades.

The Naracoorte Netball Association started sometime before 1948, although the exact date is currently unknown.

It was first called the Naracoorte Women's Basketball Association up until 1973 when it changed to the Naracoorte Women's Netball Association and then later to the Naracoorte Netball Association.

Over the years it has given out nine life memberships - the first one in 1966 and the last in 2000.

There are currently 11 teams and it is a popular choice for locals who want a fun, social atmosphere to exercise in.

Over 100 people gathered at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms for the town netball association's "past and present" reunion.

Over 100 people gathered at the Naracoorte Football Clubrooms for the town netball association's "past and present" reunion.

The framed country carnival squad blazer which was unveiled at the reunion on the weekend. It dates back more than 50 years.

The framed country carnival squad blazer which was unveiled at the reunion on the weekend. It dates back more than 50 years.

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