Preserving our heritage, celebrating our history

The Australian netball team has etched its name into sporting history as arguably this country’s most successful national team.

That tradition and culture of success was established from the very first international played against arch rivals New Zealand in 1938.

1956 Australian Netball Team_first tour of EnglandOver the last 77 years Australia has dominated netball like no other country, winning the Netball World Cup 11 times and three Commonwealth Games Gold Medals.

There have been 168 athletes wear the green and gold dress – some for only a handful of Tests, others that have forged magnificent careers for their country.

All of them have contributed to Australia’s winning ways.

Netball Australia has undertaken a significant project that will celebrate the sport’s rich history at international level and announced a new `History and Traditions’ feature on its website.

It documents the careers of every player to represent Australia – from the inaugural captain Becky Douglas right through to our recent retirees after the triumphant Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 campaign.

It will also feature the result of every Test match that Australia has ever played.

Australia’s most capped player Liz Ellis is delighted that the contribution of the sport’s pioneers right through to the modern greats is being recognised and recorded for posterity.

“I am really excited that the playing history of our great game is being recorded and stored in one place where everyone – family, friends and fans – can access it and learn about the women who have represented Australia,” Ellis, who has 122 Australian Test caps and also captained her country to the 2007 Netball World Cup title, said.

“As a player I loved hearing the stories of generations gone by and I always felt we were mere mortals standing on the shoulders of giants.

“Now we not only know the names of these giants, but their playing history and biographies.

“This is a long overdue project and I congratulate Netball Australia on the initiative.”1982 Australian Netball Team (NZ Tour)

With a major project of this nature, there will inevitably be some key information that has been lost or overlooked.

We’re asking for former players, families and friends of our past greats to help us `fill in the gaps’ where needed by emailing and ensure we celebrate their contributions to Australia’s dominant history for future generations to absorb.

Donations of any old, unseen photos – whether that’s team or individual – are also welcome.

Click here to visit the History and Heritage section on Netball Australia’s website.