Club History

STARTING OUT

The First Decade (1952 – 1962)

Contax Netball Club was formed in 1952 consisting of a group of young girls predominantly members of the 1951 Junior State Team. Lena Pomeroy was coach of the newly formed Contax Club, a position she held until 1955. Lena was known as a strict but fair coach, and a good motivator.

The name Contax resulted from a discussion between inaugural captain Margaret Rankin and her brother-in-law who was a camera enthusiast. He suggested a short simple name for the new club. “Contax” was the brand name of a camera used in that day.

The Contax Netball Club would play in a fawn box-pleat tunic, white shirt, brown sandshoes, white socks and a chocolate brown v-neck jumper. Training was held on Wednesday nights on a court situated between the up and down tracks on Port Road at Woodville. The Contax home court for matches was Court 3 at Sports Park. The courts had a dirt surface, and teams were responsible for lining their own court prior to the match.

Contax won the premiership in their first year, defeating Tango by 2 goals in the 1952 Grand Final.

Information about the club for the following few years is scarce. Fay Dumont coached Contax in 1958. Jenny Badman joined the club. By 1960, the club was struggling to survive. Jenny kept the club together by performing multiple functions, including A Grade captaincy, arranging uniforms, and matches.

In 1961, the club did not have a coach to start the season. Jenny, together with several other players convinced Mavis Buckingham to take over the coaching role.

We thank Jenny for working so hard to keep the club together in difficult times, and recognise her contribution in helping the club to grow to the strength it is today. The next A Grade coach was Merle Oldham.

NETBALL AT ITS BEST 2010 to present day

ETSA CONTAX RAISING THE BAR IN THIS DECADE – 2003 to 2009

THE NEW ETSA CONTAX – 1997 to 2002

HIGH EXPECTATIONS – 1991 to 1996

THE EIGHTIES – 1980 – 1990

PLOUGHING THROUGH THE SEVENTIES – 1973 to 1979

GROWING IN THE SIXTIES – 1963 to 1972