About Tuggeranong Netball Association

1982 - TNA commenced in operation under the guidance of the Tuggeranong Sports and Recreation Association (TSARA) and the Arawang Netball Association. Games were conducted at the original netball facility in the Valley at the Kambah No 1 oval with nine grass and four asphalt courts with no lighting. The competition included a very well attended summer/twilight competition.

1984 - TNA achieved separate status as an incorporated body on 28 December. It was subsequently admitted as the fifth District affiliated with the ACT Netball Association. The inaugural president of TNA was Michael Rudling. It was at this time that TNA became an affiliated member of the Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union & Amateur Sports Club sports council. Such an alliance has seen TNA receive significant annual funding in the form of grants and raffle proceeds which we have directed to a number of our development programs. It has also been highly advantageous as TVRUC is a very strong campaigner at all levels of government and community for the provision of sporting and recreational facilities in the Valley. They are also leaders in sports administration and development. They willingly and consistently share this knowledge, and their facilities, to ensure the development of excellence in sporting administration and performance across the full range of activities offered in the Valley.

1984 and 1985 - TNA entered teams in the ACT State League competitions with Helen Cain and Lyn Grant coaching a young and enthusiastic team to one win. Players included in this team were Kelly Ford (now Lawler), Amanda Burnett (now Campbell), Simone Harris, Francine Alves (now Austin), Melissa Dewhurst, Wendy Coombes-Pearce (now Cooper) and Donna Grant. The first umpires to receive State Accreditation at the C Badge level were Mary Monaghan, Sue Smith (Hutchinson), Sharon Coombes-Pearce, Christine Walker, Helen Cain (Harris), Pam Bennett and Fay Bean. Member numbers continued to grow steadily and Sue Smith and Helen Cain continued to lobby the ACT Government for a permanent site for TNA. We were originally scheduled to move to Monash (which was barely there in 1984), however, the Government decided to locate TNA even further south to its present location, which at the time was even more remote. But we were promised it would be the centre of a large community in time.

1988 - After much consultation and development the courts in Were Street Calwell were officially opened by local member Ros Kelly on 16 April 1988. The lease granted to TNA included four asphalt courts and a small pavilion. Teams were entered in all ages for ACT Junior and Senior Championships.

1989 - The next project at TNA was lighting our courts. Edna Couch and Wendy Henderson were instrumental in applying for a grant which allowed this and additional toilet facilities to be constructed. A team from TNA entered the second Australian Masters Games in Adelaide and were given the status of ambassadors for Canberra to promote the next games to be conducted in Canberra. On the representative front TNA had two girls selected in ACT Teams, one in the 14s Development Squad and one tine the ACT Under 17’s. We also hosted a carnival with the Greenpoint Netball Club from Sydney. Jo Winchester completed the requirements for her level 2 coaching accreditation.

1990 - Saw the lighting of the four asphalt and the purchase of our first computer. This enabled club training to be held at the courts for the first time. A district umpires badging scheme was introduced to assist junior umpires development. Coaching development became a higher priority and particular attention was paid to achieving improved results at the ACT Junior Championships. Numbers for selection of juniors were markedly higher and resulted in the 11 years Championship team, and the 13 and 15 years Carnival division teams all achieving runners up. Four members of the 14’s team were selected in the ACT 14 years Development Squad. Our mature age athletes took to the heat of Alice Springs to attend the third Central Australian Masters. The Association conducted Coaches and Catch ’n’ Play clinics and ACTNA conducted a Shooting Clinic.

1991 - About 120 teams competed in the Winter Competition with one Senior team competing in and Interdistrict competition with South Canberra and Queanbeyan. The team, Coolabahs came fifth in the competition. In addition to the 120 teams playing in the winter competition we had 12 playing the Twilight competition. This increased to about 140 teams in 1991 with the addition of netta and 25 teams in the twilight including 9 mixed teams.

1992 - Kirsten McDonald became our first scholarship holder with the Tuggeranong Valley Rugby Union & Amateur Sports Club.

1994 - TNA Junior Representative teams started to show their potential with four winning teams, two runners up and 3 shooting awards. Kate Lauchland was selected in the ACT U/17 squad, and another 8 girls in the 14 and 15’s development squad. A State B Umpiring Badge was awarded to Kate Lauchland and 4 other State C Badges were awarded. About 125 teams competed in the Winter Competition and a mid week competition was introduced with 7 teams competing. Four umpires were awarded State C Badges. On the representative scene we had 4 winning divisions, 2 runners up and all others placed 5th. 3 shooting awards were won, An ACT Government Grant was gained for two additional asphalt courts to be ready for the 1995/6 season.

1995 - Over 130 teams competing in Winter Competition and the Mid Week Competition continued during terms 2 and 3 although numbers started to fall due to an expansion of the recreational sporting and activity opportunities during these times. However, many of the mid week players from 1994 went on to play in the 1995 Winter Competition. TNA employed the specialist coaching services of Coach Lee Cover to assist with the Junior Representative Program and to improve on our previous performances and successes. The result of this effort was a highly successful ACT junior Championship tournament with six winning teams, one runner-up and 4 shooting awards. Eighteen TNA players were selected in the ACT 14’s and 15’s Development Squads, two were selected in the ACTNA Talent Squad, one in the ACT 17’s squad and two in the ACT 19’s squad. Representative players were also rewarded for their efforts with coaches awards and most improved awards. Three more State C badges were awarded in 1995. TNA formed a State League team to compete in the ACT State League Division 2 competition. Coaching skills clinics were conducted by Lee and her fellow members from the ACT Elite Squad for all association coaches, with a Year 3-4 skills clinic conducted for their coaches by Sue Bain.

1996 - Two more hard courts were officially opened on Gala Day. Our first two life memberships were presented to Sue Smith (Hutchinson) and Helen Cain. Both were recognised for their contributions to the establishment and development of TNA. Year 2 players were incorporated into the Saturday morning Netta Program. TNA conducted its first School Holiday Clinic with over 200 children attending with approximately 30 coaches contributing to the overall success of the event. TNA’s Major League team successfully contested the Grand Final.

1997 - The 17 Years Championship and Challenge teams both won their divisions in the ACT Premier League competition.

1998 - The pavilion at the Calwell courts was extended to provide a segregated canteen, an office for the Administrative Assistant, a merchandise room, a convenor’s office and extended storage for property and equipment. For successive years the 17 Years Championship and Challenge teams both won at the ACT Premier League competition.

1999 - This was the first year that TNA players were represented in State squads. Carla Howman was the first TNA player to be selected for the ACT Academy of Sport Netball Program. Four other players were selected as associated Academy members. Three players were included in the ACT U16’s Schoolgirls team and six were included in the ACT Primary Schools Netball Exchange Program.

2001 - TNA continued a strong commitment to junior development through conducting the FunNet Program for 4 to 7 year olds, the School Holiday Program catering to over two hundred children and the School Development Program attending eight local schools.

2002 - The Asphalt courts were extended to eight with rubber surfacing being applied to all courts. The courts were officially opened by TNA’s patron, the Hon Annette Ellis and the Minister for Sport and recreation, Mr Ted Quinlan in August 2002. The TNA Junior Representatives were extremely successful with seven teams winning their divisions and two teams achieving runners-up. The School Development Program provided development and skills sessions to players in 10 local Primary schools.

2003 - TNA made significant improvements to the administration of the Association with the introduction of better technology and the streamlining of processes to achieve more efficient services being provided to our members and business partners. Major achievements for the year included: - Paving of the footpath outside the front of the courts. - Upgrade of building security around the pavilion and courts. - Upgrade of the PA system by installing state of the art equipment