The club was established by Molly Rodgers with a group of parents to provide netball for girls to play out of school. Parents were initially requested to assist with netball at the local primary schools. The Rossmoyne Primary Head Mistress suggested establishing a club as the interest in netball grew.
Molly was asked by the other parents to be President. They all contributed considerable effort to cover the formalities and practicalities of creating the Rossmoyne Netball Club. In the second year Faye Morgan became Secretary and the Hon. Clive Griffiths, was approached to be Club Patron.
The games were played at Gibson Park, Fremantle, continuing from where the Primary School teams had played, although now as a community club.
Next the high school age girls wished to join and they first trained at Mt Pleasant High School to have use of the lights for night training.
In those first 6 years, the club grew to over 220 players with 25 teams.
In the meantime the Shelley Reserve was being developed for the local Football Club.
During this time Molly Rodgers and the committee teamed up with the football club to approach the Canning Council for grounds and facilities of their own, rather than using school sites. A “Steering Committee” was developed. The Council’s assistance was finally achieved and resulted in clubrooms, a netball shelter (built thanks to Ross Chamberlain and friends) and lights installed. A condition to the provision of the facilities was that the netball club was required to play at Canning Districts Association at Hedley Park, Bentley. In time, the decision would be made to move some teams to Matthews (Perth) and then Fremantle Association for improved competition.
All this was being done alongside the regular roles of providing club sport. Good sportsmanship was always the message, and at that time in the form of being “good sports on court”!!
A uniform addition was a light grey tracksuit top with club emblem ($12 ea).
“Thank you” to the Hicks Family for being overseers and ‘on hand’ as minders for the courts at Koolan Drive for so many years.
|1975||July – played at FNA as Primary School teams July – meeting held to plan forming a club for 1976.|
|1976||February – Inaugaural AGM held at home of Mrs L. McDonald. Uniform colour – FNA suggested teal or aqua (as brown & gold was not acceptable). “Princess Line dress with matching bloomers, with white letters on aqua bib, white socks & tennis shoes”. July – played at FNA (9 junior teams). Club flag created.|
|1977||Teams to play at Gibson Park, Fremantle. Agreed to take senior players this season – they need lights for training First Aid kits issued to team managers Hon. Clive Griffiths invited to be Club Patron. Presentation event held at Corinthian Park Tennis Club. April – M. Rodgers & F. Morgan attend council meeting requesting courts in our area. Assisted with project by Mal Atwell.|
|1978||AGM – Club agreed to play at Hedley Park, Bentley as part of Canning Council’s terms for provision of local grounds for training etc. Team Managers to also assist in organising transport for players to games.|
|1980||February – Shelley Reserve courts were ready for use and lights installed. Sub-juniors would still train at Rossmoyne Primary School. Dads were welcomed as coaches bringing new terminology such as “Full backs and Full Forwards”!! April – New uniform – Aqua top and aqua skirt (sub-juniors remain in tunic for now.)|
|1981||February – Plans for brick shelter submitted to Canning Council for approval. June – Club emblem design accepted. Shelter completed by Ross Chamberlain & friends, supported by Mal Atwell (retired councillor). August – Opening of the Shelley Reserve by the Canning Council. September – Drawing up constitution by M. Rodgers and committee. Meetings were held at Shelley/Rossmoyne Sports Pavillion. Shelter cost agreed to be carried by Canning Council. Uniform – a light grey club tracksuit top was added as an option.|
|1982||Winter competition – 24 teams, 3 in Summer competition. Played at Canning Districts (Hedley Park, Bentley) Netball meetings now being held at Shelley Pavilion Two representatives attend the Shelley Reserve Management & Sportsmen’s Committee on behalf of the Netball Club ( M Rodgers & K Sprunt) Adoption of RNC Constitution (Special General Meeting held.)|
|1983||Shelley Primary was invited to amalgamate with Rossmoyne for 1984. They were in agreement. (Already occurring on an informal basis). Trialing two teams playing at WANA (Matthews) (Top senior & top junior) First End of Season booklet produced (previously a newsletter in the season)|
|1984||Only 1 Senior team playing at WANA (Matthews) this season. Other teams playing at CDNA. The President reports that the Club is well established and caters for two types of players. “Those who are ambitious to develop to a higher competitive level, and those who enjoy a social game with the additional benefits of fitness and fun”.|
|1985||Reference to the Tenth Anniversary of the Club.|
|1986||For the first time Senior A team competed at Fremantle Association. Other 18 teams played at Canning Districts Assoc. at Hedley Park, Bentley. Played summer netball season at Fremantle.|
|To Be Continued……..|
|1993||Date of Incorporation of Club|
|1995||Current uniform is aqua netball pleated skirt with sleeveless V neck aqua top. Morrell family join the club.|
|1997||Leonie Morrell commenced as President, with strong support from daughters Emma, Lisa and Kylie. Each undertook leadership roles of coaching, umpiring, and committee positions, with Lisa also being Club President Leonie then continued in the Umpires’ Coordinator role developing umpires and club sponsorship to the FNA JUMP program to further encourage players into umpiring, while continuing to mentor at their games. FNA later acknowledged the quality of RNC umpires. To other coaches her reminder was to “keep it fun” to ensure the love of the game continued. “Thank you” to the Morrell family for being the minders and ‘on hand’ for the Koolan Drive courts for over 15 years!|
|2000||Uniform – Introduction of a new white s/s top with light blue trim & collar.|
|2001||First photos in RNC Year Book Training courts resurfaced 2001.|
|2003||Launch of RNC website|
|2007||New uniform – Aqua (Lake) top and skirt with white netball print design.|
|2008||5 Premiers achieved from 5 teams playing in Grand Final|
|2009||Club aqua jacket and polo shirt introduced|
|2011||New A4 colour photo Year Book produced|
|2012||Another year where we have 24 teams! The season commenced welcoming the new committee with new ideas. Committee meetings have returned to being held at the football club hall. Notably significant sponsorship has been achieved, along with commitment from the City of Canning, for surfacing and lights for 2 more courts at the Koolan Drive training ground. The website has been further developed to assist with resource information and the efficiency of running the club. Congratulations to all, as well as the 6 Premiership teams out of 8 playing at the Grand Final – a very successful year!|
(Please note: this is not a formal record. Any additional club memorabilia or records to be donated would be appreciated eg Year Books prior to 1997.)