History of the Lakers Netball Club

Lakers Netball Club was founded in 1992 by Kath Hoschke and Greg Ryan. Four netball teams, two senior and two junior, were entered into the Western Suburbs District Netball Association. There was immediate success for the new club with the A reserve grade taking out the premiership in their first year.

In 1994 Lakers won the District march past which is undertaken by all junior teams at the beginning of the season.

The club slowly grew and by 1998 Lakers had it’s first modified team - mini-magpies and the first Under 10s teams (youngest age group which incorporates senior rules). These teams, despite having little success, found great enjoyment for the game.

Their are currently ten winter competition teams and four night competition (summer) teams at Lakers and we are hoping to continue to grow in years to come. Training takes place on Tuesdays at Richard Murden Reserve, Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield and we play each Saturday, during winter, months at Cintra Park, Concord. Night Comp is played on Tuesday nights at Cintra so there is naturally no training for this, however it has a much more relaxed atmosphere.

On Grand Final day each year, it has become the custom for all teams involved in the day to meet at one of the players homes for a post grand final party. After the season a presentation day is held at Cabarita and trophies are awared to the best and fairest and most improved player in each team and junior and senior club persons. Also the club awards purple and gold jerseys to all members of any premiership winning side.

Lakers, much like any other local sporting club, has been involved in number of major fundraising events over the years. Some of these include: trivia nights, netball fun days, lamington and chocolate drives and a car rally.

In a relatively short history fourteen Lakers teams have taken out premierships and a number of others have been finalists.