Doncaster &Districts Netball Association - Our Heritage
Doncaster & Districts Netball Association was founded in 1981 after a few parents grew tired of travelling far and wide to other Associations, such as Melbourne East and Lilydale.
In its first year, DDNA ran one season, with 47 teams playing in the U10, U12, U14, U16 and Open age groups. The Association has since grown to around 1350 members.
DDNA had many homes in the early years, including Park Avenue Reserve where teams played on grass that had to be mowed and lined each Saturday.
In 1987, DDNA moved to The Pines Reserve, which was the same year that schools introduced four terms. The Association was now offering two seasons of netball.
DDNA moved to its current location in 1996 after Manningham City Council purchased the Templestowe Primary School site for $1,475,000.
Our first Representative Teams started competing in tournaments back in 1982.
Opens, 17s & 15s started playing at Parkville in the late 1980s, with Opens playing State League on Tuesday night, 17s playing Thursday night and 15s on Saturday morning. Every Saturday, the 15s had to rush back to their respective associations to compete in club games.
In 2004, our first 13/U team was entered at Waverley. Our 15/U teams subsequently moved to Waverley in around 2008.
In 2014, DDNA has 14 teams across the 11/U – Open age groups.