History

Grange Uniting Netball Club commenced in 1954.

The Club was then known as 'The Grange Methodist Women's Basketball Club' - with ONE team. Miss Margaret McCullouch was Secretary.

By 1970 the name was changed to the 'Grange Methodist Netball Club' when the name netball was brought in Australia wide. In 1970, Lorna Godfrey was Secretary with 8 teams in the club. In 1970 the uniform was a black tunic with white shirt. Players also wore long white socks with black Volleys (no ASICS back then!).

Lorna Godfrey was Secretary from 1970 - 1975. Taking over from Lorna was Miss Helen Plush (now Helen Surplice). Helen was secretary from 1970 - 1972.

In 1977 the uniform changed to the black wrap skirt with blue and white trim and blue tshirt with black trim around the collar and sleeves.

In 1978 the name changed to the Grange Uniting Netball Club.

In 1980 Miss Barbara Dodd became Secretary; in 1982 she married George Morgan. Barbara was secretary until 1983.

In 1984 the Club updated the uniforms to black pleated skirts and blue polo shirts.

In 1985 Barbara Morgan returned as Secretary - holding that position for 15 years until 2000.

In 1987 the Club merged with other Church teams and became the Henley Uniting Parish Netball Club. Again we changed uniforms to the grey pleated skirt and pink polo shirts.

In 1987 we entered the first male team. George Morgan and Geoff Glasson were representatives in the Men's State Team.

In 2000 the name reverted back to the Grange Uniting Netball Club and the A line grey and maroon dress became out uniform.

In 2000, membership was dwindling. Cathy Beales, together with Deb Cashel registered their young daughters in Under 8. This single U8 team had 10 players and was the only Junior Team Grange entered. This was the start of our Junior Competition being revitalised!

This U8 team consisted of: Maeve Cashel, Georgina Sully-Beales, Maddie Stewart, Gemma Rowe, Olivia Nedelkos-Jones, Emily Ahrens, Emma Lisk, Nicole Gray, Sophie Clingly and Maddie Stewart.

The following year, another Junior team entered the Junior ranks, coached by Sue Clingly. So the Club now had two teams in the Junior Division. Word soon began to spread that Grange was back - and more Junior players began to register.

These young players are now play in our Senior Teams - having played for Grange for 15 years! These girls continue their love of netball, the club and playing with strong friendships.

In 2004 the grey skirt and maroon shirt were introduced.

In 2007 the maroon and silver body suit became our uniform for older girls, aged 11 upwards.

In 2014 the Club celebrated 60 years. There were 22 winter teams registered.

In 2014 George Morgan was awarded the 'Golden Whistle' for 40 years of umpiring with the Club.

The maroon and silver body suit and the grey skirt and pink polo top is being replaced with a brand new uniform. The uniform will be worn by all members - one uniform for all.

In 2016 the Club celebrated 10 teams in winter Grand Finals, with four taking out the championship. The Club celebrated 23 winter teams and continued growth from our humble beginnings.


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