Club History

In 2003 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Koonung Heights Methodist Basketball Club, now Koonung Heights Netball Club Inc.
The first meeting of that club was on March 20, 1963 at the Koonung Heights Methodist Church on the corner of Belmore and Winfield Roads, North Balwyn and those in attendance established a committee and drew up a constitution.
It was decided that 2 junior teams would be formed to play under the umbrella of the Methodist Girls' Basketball Association. The annual fees were set at 5 shillings per year (50 cents) and players were required to bring along sixpence (5 cents) per week- how times have changed! It was decided that the girls would wear a royal blue tunic tied with a white cord, over a white blouse with white socks and sandshoes - royal blue bloomers were compulsory and mothers could borrow the sewing pattern to make them at home!
To be eligible for team selection (teams were posted in "a selected place in the church"), all the girls had to attend Sunday School at least 3 times a month as well as a monthly church parade. Games were played at our home court at Koonung Heights Primary School (demolished in the late 80's) or at away venues anywhere from Pascoe Vale to Bayswater (and Mrs. Hearn was in charge of the first car roster).

The Club Minutes tell us:
  • 1965 The first seniors team was formed.
  • 1966 A New, very ā€˜60ā€™sā€™ uniform was introduced
  • 1971 We started playing girls netball, previously known as Girls Basketball
  • 1975 Julie Carter was club president
  • 1976 All netballers were required to wear positional bibs.
  • 1978 A Grade players change from tunics to skirts
  • 1985 VNA insists on compulsory player safety
  • 1986 KHNC play games at three venues, either Koonung SC, Heathmont and Bayswater.
  • 1998 ā€“ 2008 KHNC teams compete in the Doncaster & Districts Netball Association
  • 2003 KHNC celebrates 40 consecutive years of competition with the inaugural award for outstanding contribution to KHNC presented to Anne Ericson
  • 2009 KHNC joins Boroondara Netball Association, located in Balwyn North
  • 2010 Introduction of mixed teams to Open competition
  • 2012 New design KHNC netball dresses introduced
  • 2013 50th Anniversary year