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Our association provides competitive and social netball opportunities for all participants who want to play, umpire or coach, and welcome all ages and levels of experience and ability.

Our association values friendship, community spirit, teamwork and respect to all members – from our volunteers to our umpires and parents.

Our Volunteers and Life Members are active and engaged members in our organisation, and we are grateful and thankful for their outstanding contributions to the development of netball with us. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

Our Association

Our History

In 1958, Mr Edgar Bill, Headmaster of Beecroft Primary School, saw the need for Saturday morning sport for girls and so convened a meeting to form an organising committee to get the ball rolling for a Women’s Basket Ball Competition.  It was supported by Rotary and the first competition began.  It consisted of teams from primary schools between Cheltenham and Normanhurst.

Original teams were from Beecroft Sports Club, Cheltenham, Castle Hills, Hornsby and Asquith High Schools.  By 1966, the numbers were almost doubled and teams from Pennant Hills Sports Club, Thornleigh Sports Club, local primary schools as well as Mount St Benedict’s and Pennant Hills High Schools had joined the competition.  Finding courts proved difficult.  Games were played on 20 courts over nine different locations, with the main courts being the four at Cheltenham Oval.

Hills District Women’s Basket Ball Association (HDWBBA) was formed in 1968 with 16 clubs including Kuringai High School, Waitara CYO, St Patrick’s, Asquith, Carlingford High School, Waitara Convent and other sport and school clubs.  It was amazing that within 10 years, Mr Edgar Dill’s dream of a competition for local girls had grown so much.

The first Executive Committee consisted of Mrs Beth Blackshaw, President; Mrs Margaret Waterman, Secretary; Mrs Phyl Dixon; Mrs Lesley Sutton (Milner), Registrar.  These ladies faced many mammoth tasks in these early years.  In particular, they had to find suitable umpires and assistance was given by Mrs Neita Matthews from the Eastwood Ryde Association.  This resulted in Beth Blackshaw becoming the first NSW badged umpire from Hills.  To alleviate the venue problem, representations

were made to Hornsby Council and the construction of the Pennant Hills Centre was started in late 1968 with 14 courts completed over the summer.

Jennie Thompson

President

Ruth Bowman

Vice President

Cate Newman

Treasurer

Lisette Smith

Secretary

Clare Ashpole

Registrar - Senior Comp

Phil Wheeler

Registrar - Junior Comp

Kirsten Gossip

Umpires Convenor - Senior

Lisa Robertson

Umpires Convenor - Junior

Jen Baker

Rep Convenor - Senior

Margaret Coe

Rep Convenor - Junior

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We acknowledge and pay respect to all traditional custodians of the lands of which we play netball. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country and recognise the role and value of culture in all our communities.

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