Pass­ing on love of the game

EVE­LYN Robin­son (right) joined the Souths Netball Club just four years af­ter it started in 1938, when it was known as the South Bel­mont Netball Club. The for­mer club pres­i­dent, coach and now life mem­ber will be part of the club’s 80th an­niver­sary cel­e­brat

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THE Souths Netball Club is cel­e­brat­ing its 80th year next month, mak­ing it one of the old­est netball clubs in WA.

For­mally South Bel­mont Netball Club, it was founded in 1938 by a group of friends who de­cided to form a team to play at the WA Women’s Bas­ket Ball As­so­ci­a­tion.

The club grew from that ini­tial team and has had an un­in­ter­rupted in­volve­ment with Netball WA and Perth Netball As­so­ci­a­tion ever since.

Eve­lyn Robin­son (91), a for­mer club pres­i­dent, coach and now life mem­ber, joined the club in 1942.

In 1953, Mrs Robin­son helped the club win its first A1 divi­sion at Matthews Netball Cen­tre. To­day, the club has three se­nior teams.

Stephanie Law (27), a cur­rent player and coach, said she would love to see the club con­tinue for another 80 years.

“I started play­ing netball at a very young age,” she said. “My mum played and coached the Souths, so it seemed nat­u­ral that I fol­low suit.

“It is a won­der­ful club to be­long to, not only for the game but for that his­tory.

“We have many mums play­ing daugh­ters, grand-daugh­ters, sis­ters and aunts, and it’s that com­pan­ion­ship we want to cel­e­brate.”

The club’s 80th re­union event is on June 17, 3-5pm, at Perth Netball As­so­ci­a­tion. Call An­nise Law on 0438 858 882.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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Stephanie Law and Eve­lyn Robin­son on court to cel­e­brate their club’s 80th an­niver­sary.

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