Angle Vale has returned to the Adelaide Plains Netball Association in 2019, impressively submitting teams in all senior grades to maximum capacity.
After joining the APNA in 2016, following the Owls football team when they entered the Adelaide Plains Football League, the club left the following year due to a lack in numbers.
AVNC President, Jo Roberts, said numbers were looking amazing at training, with nearly 60 girls attending each Tuesday evening, and some names still on waiting lists.
“The season is looking great with massive support from our sponsors SAJE Exports and the Cheesecake Shop Munno Para, who have helped subsidise the uniform and fees for players,” Jo said.
“We have always worked hard on uniting with the football, and with a committee who has been very supportive and encouraged the WAGS of the football players to also come on board, this has helped us achieve good numbers on the netball front.
“The APNA committee and majority of the opposing clubs have been very supportive towards Angle Vale which has given us the confidence to push on.”
Although the netball club was unable to secure a win in its inaugural season in the APNA, it will be interesting to see how the club fares in 2019 with the increase in numbers and support.
“We hope to be competitive, however given we have had a break from APNA, we will see how it goes,” Jo said.
It was Jo herself who helped establish the Angle Vale Netball Club in 2009, commencing their first season at Gawler and Districts Netball Association, and then moving to the Elizabeth Netball Association the following season.
From there the club grew from strength to strength.
“We have always tried to get into the country league, however without the football, we were unable to,” Jo said.
“I was also president of the Angle Vale Football Club in 2014 and was able to get the women’s football on board and in conjunction with the vice president, Paul Healey, we worked hard to try to join the Adelaide Plains league for our senior men, which eventually happened.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough interest on the netball side as it was new, people were reluctant to travel and we didn’t have a lot of support or appropriate facilities to do so.
“We joined APNA in 2016 with two senior teams and two junior teams, however due to a lack of clubrooms to call our own, no toilet facilities, no way to make money etc, we ran at a loss.
“We have tried to get people on board since, however it was only this year we had to try to get people to join with an incentive, hence the need for sponsors.
“With this as well, Playford Council are in the process of building our new clubrooms which has been great and hopefully we get to use these in the next month or so.
“It’s an exciting time for Angle Vale.”
Good luck Owls! We look forward to seeing you go from strength to strength in the coming years.