Willunga Netball Club

Operating Dates:

1934 –

Although it is known that the Willunga Netball Club, then known as the Willunga Basketball Club, was formed in 1934, there could have been a club in Willunga during the 1920s. Records from newspaper clippings show that the first State A1 Premiers were the YMCA in 1922, four years before the first recorded interstate match and six years before the first official All Australia Carnival. Although a Willunga Basketball Club is not mentioned, school basketball was played in Willunga in 1925 and 1927:

”McLAREN VALE August 9 — On Saturday afternoon, August 6, in the McLaren Vale public school ground, a triangular basketball match was played between teams of girls from McLaren Flat, Willunga, and McLaren Vale. The latter was beaten by each of the two former and Willunga was beaten by McLaren Flat. The visiting teams were .entertained at afternoon tea provided by the local girls. The names of the players were: Willunga – Pauline. Aubrey (captain), Hazel Culley, Raye, Foreman, Marjory Aldam Patty Aldam, Mona Delaney, Rita Brown. McLaren Eat — Jean Little (captain): Winnie Truscott, Edna Chapman, Veronica Harris, Freda Osborne, Irene Stephens, Hazel Truscott. McLaren Vale – Daphne Hunt (captain), Mavis Nielsen, Dorothy Reeves, Vera Klingner, Olive Morgan, Mary Chapman, Melva Gates. The umpires were Misses Skewes, Parker, and. Jeffs.” (1)

The formation of the Willunga Basketball Club was probably associated with standardisation of the game (and possibly the creation of local Associations like the Southern Basketball Association) after the establishment of the All-Australia Women’s Basketball Association (AAWBBA) in 1927. The South Australia’s Women’s Basketball Association (SAWBA) was formed in 1928.

There was strong development of Basketball in SA during the 1930s – a team existed in McLaren Vale in 1931 and in 1933 a Willunga team is mentioned;

”GEELONG GIRLS HERE FOR BASKETBALL About 23 girls from the East Geelong Congregational Band of Hope arrived in Adelaide today to play basketball against South Australian teams. Tomorrow afternoon matches will be played at Port Adelaide, and on Tuesday a visit will be made to play against Willunga.” (2)

The first record of the Willunga Basketball Club is in 1934:

”ALDINGA The Willunga Basketball Club was defeated by the local team by 7 goals. Afternoon tea was served”. (3)

The 1934 Willunga Basketball Team won the Premiership in the Southern Basketball Association. The team was Marj Fuller, Nancy Jackson, Beth Aldam, Paulie Vaudrey, Molly Jackson, Mona Delaney (vice captain) and Rae Foreman (captain).

References:

(1) 1927 ‘ALLENDALE NORTH.’, Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 – 1954), 20 August, p. 17. , viewed 04 Mar 2024

(2) 1933 ‘GEELONG GIRLS HERE FOR BASKETBALL’, News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 – 1954), 20 October, p. 5. , viewed 04 Mar 2024

(3) 1934 ‘OUR COUNTRY SECTION‘, The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 – 1954), 30 August, p. 13. , viewed 04 Mar 2024

National Trust folder 44-4

 

 

 

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