Induction as an Athlete Member of the Hall of Fame is limited exclusively to the top echelon of Australian netballers who have achieved excellence at the highest level of the sport.
BAYLIS (nee Craddock) (dec.)
All-Australian Netball Team: 1946-49; 1952-54
Australian captain: 1953
Test Number: 10
Test Caps: 3
Myrtle Baylis was a pioneer in women’s sport, representing both Australia in what was know as women’s basketball, which would later become known as netball in 1970, and cricket in the same year. A notable goal attack for Victoria between 1937-1954, Baylis made her international netball debut in August 1948 – just five months after making her Australian cricket debut. Both came against New Zealand. Selected in the Australian Netball Team between 1946-49; 1952-54, including as captain in 1953, Baylis played in the only three international Tests between 1939-1955. She was a member of Australia’s first ever Australian international netball tour in 1948 and contested the second ever international trans-Tasman Test match on debut in Dunedin. Baylis was named in Netball Victoria’s ‘Team of the Century’ in 2000 followed by her induction in Netball’s ‘Legends of the Game’ a year later.
CALDOW OAM BEM
The talented goal attack captained Australia for eight years in an international playing career spanning 17 years, from 1962-1979, including three World Championship triumphs. Marg mentored many future Australian players at the AIS, VIS and as national Assistant coach. She coached England at the 2007 World Championships. A member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Marg was also awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM).
COWAN MBE (dec.)
A trailblazer ahead of her time, Jean Cowan’s passion for the game never waned during five decades of outstanding service as an administrator, umpire and player. Jean debuted for Victoria in 1932, played for Australia in the historic first-ever Test match in 1938 against New Zealand, was appointed Australian vice-captain and awarded the All Australia Umpires` badge. For more than 40 years, Jean was an inspirational administrator and represented Victoria on the All Australian Netball Council. A member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and the Netball Victoria Hall of Fame, Jean was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1976 for her service to netball.
den DEKKER OAM
Michelle den Dekker (nee Fielke) made her Australian debut in 1985, Michelle went on to play 84 Test matches in the green and gold, captaining Australia from 1988-1995. Michelle held a 92 per cent winning rate as captain, winning 65 of 71 games. Michelle won two World Championships as captain (1991, 1995) and a led Australia to a Commonwealth gold medal in 1990. Michelle was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1992 and awarded the SA Great Award, for services to sport in South Australia in 1993.
A talented defender, Keeley Devery represented the Australian netball team for nine years recording 63 Test caps. After suffering a knee reconstruction in 1987, Devery took the long hard road of rehabilitation to regain her position in the Australian team.
Australia’s first Aboriginal netball representative, Marcia Ella-Duncan played 18 Tests for Australia after making her international debut against New Zealand in Christchurch in May, 1986. Her career included winning a silver medal at the 1987 Netball World Cup in Glasgow, Scotland. Ella-Duncan was also the first Aboriginal athlete to receive a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Ella-Duncan is also a member of Netball Australia’s Working Group which developed the Reconciliation Action Plan in 2015.
Liz Ellis is a legend of Australian Netball and regarded by many as one the greatest defenders to play the game. With three World titles, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, four national league titles and MVP awards with the Sydney Swifts, Ellis retired from the sport having achieved every individual and team accomplishment possible. Ellis made her debut for Australia in 1993 and played a record 122 Test caps in an international career spanning 15 years. She became the national Captain in 2004 and remains the most capped player in Australian netball history. Ellis retired from the sport at age 34, capping off a remarkable comeback from a knee reconstruction to Captain Australia to the World Championship in 2007.
With an international career spanning over a decade, South Australia’s Julie Francou was regarded as one of the nation’s finest centre court players. First selected in the national squad at 18, Francou competed in two successful World Championship campaigns in 1979 and 1983. Francou defied the odds throughout her career to overcome two knee reconstructions and played 32 test caps in the green and gold. She was named Captain of the Australian team for the 1983 World Championship team and never lost a game as Captain.
Former Australia team captain, Harby-Williams was a tenacious defender. First selected in the Australian team in 1992, Harby-Williams wore the green and gold for 11 years which included three World Championships and two Commonwealth Games.
Playing 80 games for her country, Shelley O’Donnell epitomised the tough, attacking player and dominated the centre court through the 90s. Winning three World Championships and one Commonwealth Games gold medal, there was little in netball O’Donnell didn’t achieve.
McCARTHY (nee Doherty)
All-Australian Netball Team: 1952; 1956
Test Number: 16
Test Caps: 4
First selected in the Australian netball team in 1952, she captained her country on its maiden tour of England in 1956. In the first ever Test played between the two countries at London, Australia won 14-11. Despite her diminutive stature, McCarthy’s speed and ingenuity has her credited with introducing passing on the run in netball.
One of the cleanest wing defences to ever wear the green and gold, Simone McKinnis recorded 63 Test caps for Australia between 1986 and 1998 and was a key part of the 1991 and 1995 world championship victories. Regarded as one of the world’s best, McKinnis retired after the Australian team won the inaugural gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.
SIMPER (nee Foley)
All-Australian Netball Team: 1960-63; 1968; 1970-71
Test Number: 33
Test Caps: 12
A two-time World Champion, known for her versatility on court, Annette Simper (nee Foley) is generally regarded as one of the finest defensive players ever produced in Western Australia. Comfortable in just about any position on court, it was her extraordinary defensive efforts that lead to her selection in WA State Open team in 1959 at the age of just 15 years old, going on to represent the state until 1974. Simper won All-Australian selection in seven of those years however international opportunities were few and far between at that time. When the World Netball Championships were introduced in 1963, Simper took the opportunity with both hands, representing Australia at the triumphant inaugural tournament, where Australia beat New Zealand in the final by a goal, 37-36. After withdrawing from the 1967 world championships due to the impending birth of her first child, Simper would again wear the green and gold at the victorious 1971 World Netball Championships, this time playing in the mid-court. Not just a skilful player, Annette was awarded an AA Umpires badge in 1969 and coached the Australian 21/U team in 1984.
A talented centre and wing attack, Gaye Teede represented Australia for 13 years (1966-1978). Gaye wore the green and gold in three world tournaments, in Perth (1967), in Jamaica as captain (1971) and Trinidad and Tobago as vice-captain (1979). She also represented Australia in the New Zealand Tour in 1966 and the England Tour in 1978. Gaye mentored many up and coming netballers when she was the Australian Institute of Sport coach from 1982-1989 and head coach from 1990 through to 1998. During this time she coached the Australian 21/U team to win the inaugural World Youth Cup. In 1991 Gaye coached the Australian Open team with success against New Zealand and England. Gaye has also been inducted into the Hall of Champions in Western Australia.
TOMBS (Dalwood) OAM
A superb all-round athlete, Carissa Tombs was a tireless centre court player. With three World Championships and one Commonwealth Games gold medal to her name, Tombs was at her peak in a sublime period for Australian netball.
An agile and accurate shooter, Anne Sargeant proudly wore the green and gold for 11 years from 1978, the last six as captain. A three-time World Championship player, she steered the Australian Team to victory at the 1979 and 1983 Championships and captained NSW to four national Open championship titles. A member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Anne is also a member of the NSW Hall of Champions and has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to netball.
Regarded as the world’s best shooter of her time, Vicki Wilson represented Australia for 15 years from 1985, the last four as captain. A dead-eye shooter, Vicki played in four World Championships, winning three and skippered Australia to victory at the sport’s Commonwealth Games debut in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. A member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Vicki was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).