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Remember When

Neil_ Merle Olympics 2000

In this pause between the closure of the Summer Olympics and the opening of the Summer Paralympics in Rio, we remember when Sydney hosted the 27th Summer Olympics and the 11th Summer Paralympics sixteen years ago.

Long term Berowra residents, Merle and Neil Davis, above, show their enthusiasm on the day they attended athletic competitions at the Sydney Olympics, September, 2000. The Olympic flame is seen burning brightly!

Jim Hatfield volunteer 2000

Jim Hatfield, another long term resident of Berowra, is seen above in his uniform as an Olympics and Paralympics Volunteer in the Sydney 2000 Games. Jim recalls that his duty was to work in security, under the authority of the police, checking spectators’ bags at entry points to the venues.

Perhaps you also participated in the energy and excitement of the 2000 Games. Tell us your story. Thanks to the Davis and Hatfield families for the use of their photos.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club Part 9 – Remember When . . .

Netball

Below are the last of the reflections from Berowra Netball’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010.You may like to bring the story further up to date!

After several years the council finally built the asphalt court, which remains today, above the Berowra oval. The Berowra club at this stage made representation to the Eastwood Ryde Association to have some “Home” competition matches played at Berowra. Several games were played on our court- however, after strong objections by visiting teams in relationship to the “Great” distance they had to travel, no further matches were scheduled for Berowra.

 

REMEMBER WHEN:

  • There was no three foot rule as it is now
  • Goal keepers and goal defences could not defend with their arms above their shoulders
  • We loathed wearing girdles (and only did so when the officials demanded same)
  • When games were played at Meadowbank
  • When games were played off The Comenarra Parkway
  • When boyfriends and male supporters questioned umpires decisions

Thanks to Jenny Bentley for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thanks also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club, Part 8 – Ormond

1965 Pennant 01

The correctional school Ormond, in Duffy Avenue Thornleigh, was another venue of play. A couple of our teams as well as umpires (the school could not provide any) travelled to Thornleigh station and walked to the school each Saturday while other teams still played at Brush Farm.

The grass courts were outside the perimeter of the buildings but there were always a couple of house parents to supervise the girls.

Thanks to Jenny Bentley (Olson) for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club, Part 7 – Umpiring

Berowra Netball Club umpire’s skirt

Berowra Netball Club umpire’s skirt

Several Berowra girls sat for their theory exams (held at Eastwood Public School) followed by practical. At this time only one umpire controlled each game. The officials of Eastwood Ryde, especially Mrs Woods, the president were very supportive of their umpires.

Memories will always remain of the grand final played by a team from Parramatta Jail. The inmates were especially granted the privilege of “coming out”. They were escorted by wardens from their bus to their positions on the court and then a warden stood on each corner. The results cannot be remembered but the manner of play can.

Thanks to Jenny Bentley for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club Part 6 – Matches At Parramatta Girls’ Home

Berowra Netball Club Badge

A certain group of Berowra girls decided at a very early age to stay on the straight and narrow after their experience of playing “Basketball” in gaol. Well behaved girls from the girls’ home were included in a team which was in the night competition draw. All games were played within the confines of the “prison”. The team was not always constant as the members were changed around owing to disciplinary measures.

The Berowra girls were very well behaved on their visit to the home….We were too nervous to be anything else. The sounds of the huge doors clanging behind them and the keys and chains rattling, and the warnings given by the escorting “wardens” really put the wind up even the most spirited of the Berowra girls.

After the game the visiting team was escorted to supper which was prepared by the inmates.

Thanks to Jenny Bentley for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club Part 5 – Night Transport

Pennant 1964-02

The first night competition that the club participated in was held at Gladstone Park, North Parramatta. Transport, as usual, was a problem. However, boyfriends who had cars were conned into loading up their cars and getting the girls to the game on time. It was noted that the chauffeurs rarely remained to cheer on the girls as they mysteriously disappeared to entertain themselves elsewhere.

Originally the courts were grass but eventually converted to hard courts. For most of our girls this was their first experience of hard courts and most had an awful fear of falling and gouging out knees and hands on the rough surface.

Thanks to Jenny Bentley (nee Olson) for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

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Berowra Netball Club Part 4 – Travelling To The Game

Mrs Joan Olson at the club’s 50 Year Celebration in 1960

Mrs Joan Olson at the club’s 50 Year Celebration in 2010

Transport to games was by rail in the beginning, as most families didn’t have a car. The girls left Berowra before midday and returned after dark. From Eastwood station the girls walked or ran to Brush Farm depending on the time available. Mrs Olson often walked the route several times in a day to ensure the girls’ safety. After the last game of the day the girls fled from the court, grabbed their odds and ends and sprinted for the station.

Somehow there was always enough time to stop into the milk bar near the station to buy some lollies from their vast selection. The memory of standing, legs bare, beneath box pleats, with only a cardigan for warmth, (track suits were unheard of) on Hornsby station on a cold winter’s evening, waiting for the rail motor home, will always be with those girls involved.

Thank you to Jenny Bentley for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club Part 3 – First Goal Posts

All Hands In  -  Berowra Netball 9A team of recent years

All Hands In – Berowra Netball 9A team of recent years

Our first goal posts were made by one of the fathers. They were timber with a very large stand on the base, one arm of which protruded onto the court. Those playing in the circle became very adept at leaping the posts.

The posts were stored under the (Berowra Public) school building and carried out when needed. They were later stored at the McDonalds’ who lived across Berowra Waters Road from Berowra Oval where we had a grass court scratched out on the corner of the oval. A group of girls carried them out each practice.

Thank you to Mrs Jenny Bentley for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club Part 2 – Our First Court

Jenny Bentley (nee Olson) UmpireJenny Bentley (nee Olson), seen as an umpire on a well kept court

Our first court was scratched out with a stick each time we wished to practise. It was in the grounds of Berowra Public School. The grass (very tufty) was, more times than not, long. The measurements were made with a tape or paced out. Many times team members didn’t meet at the corners.

The adjacent property in Hillcrest Road ran a small number of cattle which had the run of the school grounds. There were no fences, often their visiting cards had to be cleared from the court.

Thank you to Mrs Jenny Bentley nee Olson for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to the members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary (2010) display items and quoted above.

Ann

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Berowra Netball Club Part 1 – The Beginning, 1960

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“Our club began when the men on the committee of Berowra Soccer Club asked Mrs Joan Olson to ‘do something for the girls’.

Up to this time the boys had both cricket and soccer. There was only social tennis played on private courts. If you wanted to join the Brownies you travelled to Hornsby.

Mrs Olson had played Women’s Basketball at school in Invercargill, New Zealand, so Women’s Basketball it was.

The Soccer Club provided the back bone of the ‘club’ for quite a few years. Mrs Olson attended meetings and finances were the Soccer Club’s.”

Thank you to Mrs Jenny Bentley nee Olson for access to records, photos, memorabilia and display items from Berowra Netball Club. Thank you also to members of the first two Berowra Netball teams for their memories drawn from their club’s 50th anniversary display items and shared above.

Ann

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