Singleton Netball Association's annual march past a sea of colour

THE Singleton Netball Association had much to rejoice on Saturday.

Not only did the club host its annual march past, but it celebrated its 60th anniversary and the “official” launch of the 12 resurfaced courts at Rose Point Park.

“It’s a big occasion for the association,” president Kerri Koosmen said.

“The march past is always popular with the girls.

“But, I think the weather had an impact, with a few last-minute withdrawals.

“We’ve got almost 50 teams, equating to more than 500 players, hitting the courts this season, which we’re extremely thrilled about.

“And, we’re particularly proud of our 60-year milestone.

“Club patron and life member Peg Moore instigated the first competition games of netball at Singleton in 1958.

“As we stand here six decades later, we take the time to reflect on how far our association has come.

“From the humble beginnings, playing on the grass courts at Victoria Park with the weekly competition coordinated off a card table (out of Peg’s boot), to the fabulous Peg Moore Pavilion – which was unveiled in 2016 – and sensational new courts we occupy today.

“We’re delighted Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen officially opened them.

“It was an $180,000 project; and he secured $110,000, which started the ball rolling.

“Singleton Council contributed to the funding shortfall, too.

“The association would also like to thank the community for its support.

“We are certainly the envy of many other clubs in the country area.

“We’re now looking to focus on mixed competitions in the future, as male participations numbers are increasing.”

Hundreds of youngsters took part in the tradition “parade”, too, with the Wetawi Warriors claiming the senior honours.

The intermediate winners were Explosive Chicks while the very colourful Zappers took out the junior title.

The “littlies” didn’t miss out either, as the Crazy Crew snared the Netta crown.