On the ball for 40 years

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Lucy Jarvis

THE Quinns Dis­tricts Net­ball Club is cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary this week­end.

Pres­i­dent Michelle Martin said it started in 1978 as the Quinns Rocks Pri­mary School Net­ball Club with ju­nior teams train­ing on one court at the school and par­ents coach­ing and um­pir­ing.

“The club name was changed to Quinns Dis­tricts Net­ball Club af­ter pri­mary school stu­dents had moved to high school and wanted to con­tinue to play net­ball and as new schools be­gan ex­pand­ing in the area,” she said.

The club played at Kingsway from 1978 to 1996 un­der the Wan­neroo as­so­ci­a­tion, then came un­der the Joon­dalup Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion um­brella when that was founded in 1997.

“This year each reg­is­tered player was pre­sented with a com­pli­men­tary com­mem­o­ra­tive train­ing shirt to cel­e­brate 40 years,” Ms Martin said.

“Our club is built upon a cul­ture of in­clu­sion and com­mu­nity spirit and we pride our­selves on be­ing a fam­ily­based club.”

The Min­darie res­i­dent said the club now had 23 teams with play­ers aged six up to those in their 30s, as well as 14 com­mit­tee mem­bers.

“Quinns Dis­tricts Net­ball Club is go­ing from strength to strength and is now one of the largest clubs at the Joon­dalup Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion,” she said.

Ms Martin said her son was one of three boys play­ing at the Gum­blos­som courts, and said the club would wel­come more.

“It’s so im­por­tant nowa­days for boys and girls to get out­doors,” she said.

Life mem­ber Carol Roberts joined in 1989 as a par­ent coach when her daugh­ter was in Year 1 and the club had six or seven teams at the time.

The club will mark the 40th an­niver­sary at Min­darie on Sun­day.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d483104

Quinns Dis­tricts Net­ball Club pres­i­dent Michelle Martin, life mem­ber Carol Roberts and vi­cepres­i­dent De­van Perry.

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