The fierce rivalry between Contax and Garville began in 1988 when the two teams played in State League Grand Final. Contax won the premiership by one goal.
It would be the first of many famous games between the two clubs who came up against one another in the next eight grand finals.
In 1980 Marg Angove was appointed Contax Head Coach and remained in the role until the end of the 1996 season. In her last season as Head Coach, Contax defeated Garville by three goals putting an end to their four-year premiership run.
However, the 1988 grand final win is the fondest for Marg.
Her daughters Sarah Vidmar (nee Angove) and Jane Woodlands-Thompson (nee Angove) were the team’s shooters.
“Jane missed a goal in the dying seconds of the last quarter which meant we went into extra time,” Marg said.
“Going into extra time Jane was very disappointed at missing the shot, but our captain Karen Schulz said to Sarah and Jane – who at the time were very young shooters – ‘we are going to keep giving you that ball’.
“Those 15 minutes of extra time were extremely traumatic for me, because I was the coach and my two daughters were playing!”
Across the following eight grand finals, Contax would go on to win three premierships (1990, 1991 and 1996) and Garville five (1989, 1992-1995).
Marg said the rivalry between Contax and Garville elevated South Australian netball.
“For the grand final matches, we would sell out Apollo Arena (now Titanium Stadium) with 7000 people attending and the games were broadcast,” she said.
“This rivalry was immense, and the games were always tough. All the games were neck and neck, there were draws and the extra time, and the margins never blew out. There was nothing ever in it, it was always anyone’s game for the taking.”
The 1988 premiership team featured Karen Schulz (captain), Sarah Angove, Jane Angove, Michelle den Dekker, Kathryn Harby, Kim Delaney, Vicki Neale, Lee Smith, Sarah Sutter and Leanne Bottrill. The team manager was Helen Ward.
Marg said the teammates were great friends and still are.
“These women have not only shared their lives on the netball court, but they’ve also had great memories away from netball too.”
2018 Netball SA Premier League Grand Finals
Reserves Division: 6.45pm Matrics vs Contax
Premier Division: 8.30pm Contax vs Garville
Tickets available at the door.