Walkerville Netball Club was established in 2010 by a group of country girls who wanted to play competitive netball in Adelaide but for a club with a country edge.
We wanted to form a club which had strong ties to a local football club (as is the case in lots of country towns). Pairing with Walkerville Football Club was an obvious choice as we were aware that they had a large contingent of country players across all three grades and was (and still is) committed to maintaining country values on and off the field.
In our first year, we started off with 16 girls making up 2 teams. As we were a new club, both teams were required to start the season in the C5 and C4 divisions of the AMND competition. As our top team mainly comprised of A Grade country players, we managed to shoot up the divisions within a matter of weeks (probably due to our top team beating one of its opponents by over 100 goals in one of the early rounds).
As news began to spread about our “chilled yet competitive” netball club, we found that we had an influx of enquiries about girls who wanted to join the Walkies Cats. In 2011, our club grew from 16 players to 50 players making up 6 teams then in 2012 we had 80 players making up 8 teams.
At the beginning of the 2019 year, we again found that there were numerous requests from girls moving from the country, and even Adelaide born and bred girls who had heard about our club, who wanted to join our side. We have decided to cap our numbers to 180 players this season making up 18 teams – making us the largest senior netball club in the AMND Winter competition.
We generally have teams comprising of 10 to 11 players. This structure has proven to work well as the flexibility provides girls the opportunity to play competitive netball whilst balancing work commitments and it also allows girls the opportunity to travel home to the country or go on a holiday from time to time throughout the season.
Since Walkerville Netball Club was established in 2010, numerous teams have made the finals each year. One of our most successful years was in 2012, with 5 teams making the finals and our B4 team finishing up in second place (after a very competitive grand final) and our B5 and B3 teams taking home the premiership.
The past few years have been fantastic for our club with our teams filling up with players in record time, our social events proving to be (as usual) a little crazy and several teams making finals.
This year, we have 18 teams in varying grades, as well as seven Junior teams. Each of these teams requires a coach and team manager. The roles of timer, scorer and umpire are set by a team roster made at the beginning of the season. Our top two teams are coached by Kate Semiz and mainly comprise of A-Grade former country netballers.
Trainings are held on Wednesday nights from either 6.15pm – 7.30pm or 7.30pm – 8.45pm (alternating weekly) at the Uniting Church netball courts on Goodwood/Anzac Highway. Games are held at the Priceline Stadium at Mile End on Saturdays at either 2pm or 3:30pm (alternating weekly).
At Walkerville Netball Club we believe in working hard, being the best we can be, supporting one another and letting our hair down after a match.
– Jessica Nicholls (President)