In 1961 the Gosford Women’s Basketball Association (as it was known then) was formed with a total membership of 203 players. 13 Senior and 12 Junior teams.
Due to the untiring efforts of Betty Berg (life member) the association quickly gained a stronghold on the Centre with over 800 members by 1964. Betty was the inaugural president on Gosford Netball Association and held that position for a period of 14 years.
Gosford Netball Association went from being run from the back of Betty’s stationwagon in 1961 to a tin shed which acted as a change room and then in 1969 having its own Clubhouse at Adcock Park at West Gosford. The building was officially opened on the 8th June 1969 by the late Anne Clark the then President of the NSW Association. The new building contained a canteen, games control room, recreation rooms, control centre, first aids rooms and kitchen facilities.
Gosford’s competition originally was all on grass courts back in 1961 but has now progressed to having 27 hardcourts in 2005.
Highlights from our History
June 1978 – NSW STATE WOMENS NETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLDEN JUBILEE
Gosford will be long remembered by more than 1000 players who contested the 1979 NSW State Women’s netball championships, over 3 days at Adcock Park, West Gosford. The players, umpires and officials regarded the championships as a huge success and one of the best series ever staged. Association Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Jan Turner said the co-operation by the Gosford Shire Council, particularly the parks and garden division, in maintaining the courts and grounds and assisting in the organisation was greatly appreciated by the GNA executive.
Over the 3 days of the championships, 2272 games were played controlled by 220 umpires under the guidance of the NSW tournament co-ordinator, Judy Dunbar. Mrs. Margaret Taunton, President of the Gosford Netball Association extended her appreciation to members of the executive and to all Gosford District Netball Clubs, who worked untiringly over the 3 days. Mr. Ken Booth, the Minister for Sport and Recreation and for Tourism officially opened the golden jubilee state championships. The was a formation of a golden ”50” by 300 junior members of the Gosford association.
June 1979 – MBE – HONOURS LIST
Mrs. Betty Berg was award an MBE for her contribution to women’s basketball. Mrs. Berg was instrumental in the formation of the Gosford Netball Association and ensuring that it became one of the strongest women’s sporting bodies on the Central Coast. Mrs. Berg was President of the GNA for many years.
October 1980 – INTERDISTRICT COMPETITION
An “A” grade inter district competition was launched in October 1980 to allow top teams from Gosford and Wyoming to combine and improve the already high standard of netball in the 2 regions. The inaugural Inter-District Gosford/Wyong Competition was won by the “Rebels” from Gosford.
In 1952 Pat first began her long and notable association with netball.
She firsly played and was an executive with the Woy Woy Basketball Association, as it was known then, which was formed by Betty Berg. When Mrs Berg moved to Gosford and started the Gosford Basketball Association in 1961, all the players went with her to Gosford and at that stage the Woy Woy competition folded.
Since 1961 Pat Craig has been involved at executive level within the Gosford Netball Association – a truly dedicated netball person. Pat has played every year from 1952 until 2006. She has 3 children who have also developed a love for the game, playing, coaching and umpiring.
Pat also coaches at least one club team every year, sharing her vast experience and player cunning with the new generations and has had a lot of success and fun doing so. She has also been involved for many years with both Senior and Junior Representative and still is consulted and associated.
Pat’s memories of when the Gosford Basketball Association was first formed are of the wonderful processions of floats down the main street of Gosford and the crowning of the Princess and Junior Princess and also the Debutantes and many other social events. Pat, along with Betty, worked tirelessly in these very successful events. There are probably a lot of the netball community out there who have a lot of memories in this area as well.
Pat attributes her leadership style to Betty Berg, who was a great leader and innovator within the netball community and has passed this style of leadership to both Helen Eadie and now our current President, Lyn Simpson. She is a fountain of knowledge! You will always see Pat Craig at the umpires desk during the day on Saturday, and even though she has retired from executive level association still remains a huge part of our GNA community. Her dedication to the GNA is incredible, her input invaluable and the friendships founded through netball will last a lifetime.
Thank you Pat for your devotion to netball and particularly to GNA.