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Club patrons Adele Simmons and Shirley Christmass cutting the anniversary cake. Picture: ANGIE ROE PHOTOGRAPHY

Northam Netball Association celebrates 70th

MARCH marked seven decades of netball in Northam.

The Northam Netball Association celebrated the milestone with a high tea for life members as well as a dinner dance for all past, present and future members.

In 1948, 40 residents with a passion for netball and community came together to form the association, growing to 450 members presently and about 25 teams.

The association is made up of clubs from Baker’s Hills, Clackline, Cunderdin, Toodyay, Northam and surrounding areas.

Vice president Leanne Hunt said the success of the association and its members was driven by passionate women continuing the hard work of its founding members throughout the years.

She said the anniversary was a sentimental moment for the local netball community and an opportunity to thank its founders.

“We have the upmost respect for these people and are hoping they know how much we appreciate all their work,” she said.

Attendees revived the associations history with photos and memorabilia. 

The association helped build the foundation for the State league team, the Wheatbelt Flames in the 1980s while the Northam Recreation Centre opening gave the association a chance to thrive, seeing a high return of older players more recently. 

One of the original founding members and co-patron, Shirley Christmass and patron and Netball WA life-member Adele Simmons cut an anniversary cake during the high tea.

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