Classics Netball Clubs celebrates 40 years

Shelley Jamieson with her mum Dot Lavater and sister Dianna Glynn (far right) with players Alex Smith, Lily Quinlivan, Delta Meade and Hannah Gulev showing how the club's uniform has changed
Shelley Jamieson with her mum Dot Lavater and sister Dianna Glynn (far right) with players Alex Smith, Lily Quinlivan, Delta Meade and Hannah Gulev showing how the club's uniform has changed

CLASSICS Netball Club celebrates its 40th anniversary this season.

To celebrate, the club is hosting a party on Friday, May 10 from 7pm at Reabold Tennis Club and is inviting former and current members to attend.

The Perth Netball Association club was formed in 1979 by a group of friends who all had daughters around the same age, including Dot Lavater, Elaine Manning and Yvette Auckett (deceased) who are now Life Members of the club.

Classics entered one team in the senior A3 competition with players aged between 14-16 years and entered its first junior team in 1980 consisting of talented younger players who were recruited by Lavater and Manning, mainly from Embleton and Deanmore primary schools.

Lavater’s daughters Shelley Jamieson and Dianna Glynn are inaugural players along with Manning’s daughter Debbie Ridge.

Jamieson’s two daughters Taylah and Macey currently play for Classics, Glynn’s daughter Niamh previously played for Classics and Ridge’s daughter Ashley also currently plays for Classics.

Glynn retired from the club last year after 40 years of playing, coaching, selecting and holding committee positions

Lavater is still involved with coaching and selecting at Classics that has now grown to 18 junior and nine senior teams.

Last year, the club won the junior and open division 1 premierships.

Current president Davinya Ferguson, who first joined in 1986, said the club was so grateful to the group of women who banded together in the late 70’s to form Classics.

“Our Club has grown so much since that time, and we are excited to be celebrating this milestone,” she said.

“There have been so many bonds and friendships formed in the club, and we would love to see as many past and present members come along to reminisce about the best game in the world.”

Tickets to the 40th celebration are $35 tickets and are available at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=488103&.

For more information, email classics@westnet.com.au.