Who are we and what do we do?
Years in Existence
Number of teams entered
The Caulfield and District Netball association (C&DNA) was created to provide and facilitate a competition for domestic netball teams at the Duncan Mackinnon Reserve, on the corner of Murrumbeena and North Roads, Murrumbeena.
The C&DNA consists of a volunteer committee and several part-time staff who work together to deliver the competition each week, as well as provide a canteen service to players and families during game time.
The C&DNA also select, coach and manage a number of Representative (Rep) teams to compete against Rep teams from other associations at a higher level of competition.
In addition the C&DNA host an annual Tournament, assist with inter-school competitions that are held at the courts, host and run the Net-Set-Go program for young players and work continually to develop umpires.
A brief history
During the 1980s, local netball clubs were members of the South Eastern Metropolitan Churches Netball Association (SEMCNA). Teams came from Glen Iris, Sandringham and surrounding areas, and included the Caulfield South Netball Club and Kooyong Road Methodists’ Netball Club.
Teams played at local schools and churches before finally basing themselves at Dales Park and St Peters in Bentleigh. Competition was held on Saturday afternoons.
The Association petitioned the local council, the City of Caulfield, for facilities within the municipality but without success. The SEMCNA sub-committee them commenced lobbying and working with some councillors to obtain the requisite funding to establish their own home base. The sub-committee included Prahran Netball Association who were also seeking their own premises. Two councillors who were active in working with the Association were councillors Ed Biggs and James Barrett.
After successfully lobbying the Federal (Labor) Government, a grant of $175,000 was obtained. The City of Caulfield then supplemented this with an additional $75,000. This money was to construct the courts, establish the Association and make available some facilities in the existing pavilion at Duncan MacKinnon Reserve.
Eight courts were constructed on the area originally used as a junior soccer oval and were officially opened on 25 July, 1993.
The Caulfield and District Netball Association(C&DNA) commenced in 1992 and selected its name due to being located in the (then) City of Caulfield. Committee members were all volunteers. The first President was John Boorn, who had been an active member of the sub-committee seeking to establish the courts.
To obtain members, expressions of Interest were called for from local clubs and approximately eight clubs joined. Competition switched to Saturday mornings, with around 55 teams. Since that time the Association has steadily expanded, and in 2020 has 200 teams participating. Competition has spread to include Friday evenings when the 11/under competition is run.
On 28 October 2015 the new Pavilion at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve was officially opened, providing C&DNA with improved facilities including a canteen and changing rooms. Office space for the Association was relocated to Moorleigh Community Village, East Bentleigh where several staff work part-time to complete all the administrative and “behind the scenes” operations.
In 2018 two more courts were created as a result of funding from Sport and Recreation Victoria and the City of Glen Eira, under the Community Sports Infrastructure Fund. The additional courts were officially opened on 17 October 2018. Courts and facilities continue to be maintained with the involvement and support of the City of Glen Eira and volunteer C&DNA Committee members.