Who and What C&DNA is
Years in Existence
Number of teams entered
|VICE PRESIDENT||Linda Sim|
|GENERAL COMMITTEE||Wendy McMillan|
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 with no success. The SEMCNA sub-committee them commenced lobbying and working with some Councilors 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 councilors who were active in working with the Association were Councilors 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 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.
The eight courts were constructed on the area originally used as a junior soccer oval. They were officially opened on 25thJuly, 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. Approximately eight clubs joined. Competition switched to Saturday mornings, with around 55 teams. Since that time, the Association has steadily expanded, and in 2018 has 195 teams participating. Competition has spread to include Friday evenings, when the 11/under competition is run.
On 28thOctober, 2015 the new Pavilion at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve was officially opened, providing C&DNA with improved facilities including canteen and changing rooms. Office space for the Association was relocated to Moorleigh Community Village, 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 17thOctober 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.