50th Birthday Celebrations
This year marks a huge milestone for Emu Plains Netball Club, with the local club celebrating 50 years since they first began back in 1969.
Formed by founding members Jill Beckhaus, Denise Newland and Lola Milsom, the club’s humble beginnings began with just three teams, consisting of one team in the Under 8’s and two teams in the Under 12’s. Their first uniform was the Emu Plains Public School sports uniform and they played in the lower Blue Mountains Association, before later joining the Penrith Netball Association when it was formed in 1972.
The 2019 netball season began last month, with the Annual March Past taking place at Jamison Park. Some of the younger players wore old uniforms dating back to the late 1970’s and founders Jill Beckhaus and Denise Newland proudly carried the flag.
This was followed by a special high tea at Emu Sports Club to celebrate 50 years and was attended by many past and present members of Emu Plains Netball Club. Some travelled from as far as Newcastle and Queensland to join a fun-filled afternoon where many memories and photos were shared, as well as a delicious birthday cake!
“Our club has gone from strength to strength, because of the hard-working people who take on to coach, umpire and fill committee positions. Without the dedication and contribution of all of them, we would not be celebrating our 50th year this year.
“We have 20 teams this season, ranging in age from 6 years to 57 years. We look forward to another great season and wish all our teams, coaches, umpires and families a wonderful 2019 netball season” said Elizabeth De Marzi, President of Emu Plains Netball Club.