Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean

Net­ball stal­wart wins fame

- Sports · Netball · Western Australia · Australia · Perth · Jamaica · Sharks · Super League · Netball Australia

WA net­ball player and of­fi­cial Elsma Mer­illo has been in­ducted as a mem­ber of the Net­ball Aus­tralia Hall of Fame.

Mer­illo (pic­tured) was a player, coach, ad­min­is­tra­tor and vol­un­teer in net­ball for more than 50 years.

On the global stage, Mer­illo rep­re­sented Aus­tralia from 1966 to 1971, in­clud­ing the 1967 World Tour­na­ment in Perth and the 1971 World Tour­na­ment in Ja­maica.

She rep­re­sented WA at a ju­nior level be­tween 1962 and 1964, at an open level from 1965 to 1970 and again in 1974 and 1979, cap­tain­ing the side on two oc­ca­sions.

Mer­illo was the head coach at the WA In­sti­tute of Sport ( WAIS) from 1989 to 1992, in­clud­ing lead­ing the WAIS Gold in the na­tional Mo­bil Su­per League in 1992.

She was also the head coach of the Open State Team be­tween 1990 and 1992 and the 19U State Team in 1994.

She helped de­velop and im­ple­ment the WA Net­ball League in 1989.

She served as coach of the Coastal Sharks in the WA Net­ball League from 1990 to 1996, with the team mak­ing reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances in the grand fi­nal, which in­cluded one pre­mier­ship.

Mer­illo was a WAIS board mem­ber from 1993 to 2004, was awarded life mem­ber­ship in 2016 and re­ceived the Ser­vice to Sport Award at the 2017 RAC SportWest Awards.

Net­ball WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Tay­lor said the Net­ball WA com­mu­nity was in­cred­i­bly proud of Mer­illo’s achieve­ments.

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