Orroroo netballer notches up 750th game


Orroroo Netball Club Life Member Julianne O’Dea played her 750th game for the club on Saturday 4 August in a milestone that marked a record for the Northern Areas Netball Association (NANA).

In Julianne’s milestone game the Roos enjoyed victory, defeating Broughton Mundoora by four goals in the D Grade match, 31 to 27.

Julianne started her senior playing career in 1972 and has remarkably played every season for 46 years for Orroroo. In this time, she has racked up plenty of individual and team successes, with 10 premierships under her belt as a player, a remarkable 12 Club Best and Fairest Awards in grades ranging from A to D and has represented NANA a total of 10 times at the Netball SA Country Championships.

However, Julianne’s favourite netball memory was her 700th game when she played with her daughter Kaila and it snowed!

“The premierships are great memories but playing in the snow with my daughter is definitely my favourite moment,” Julianne said, who predominately dons the GS, GA and WA bibs.

Julianne said the Orroroo Netball Club is very strong.

“We have lots of people that are not only eager to play but to help off the court too. The standard of our A Grade team has also improved over the years and at the moment we have players in the team that gel really well.”

While her body allows her to keep playing, Julianne said she will continue to pull on the netball dress.

“My husband tells me that as long as I can play, I should play. I’m happy playing and I’m also here to pass on my knowledge to the younger players.

“My daughter is living in England at the moment and wants to play with me in my next milestone game, which would be 800 games and about three seasons away, so I’ll see how I go.”

Orroroo Netball Club President Kate Pearce said “all credit to Julianne. She has been such a great loyal contributor to the club on and off the netball court, serving years on the committee, as an association delegate, as well as coaching, selecting and umpiring.”

“Julianne has such a huge amount of wisdom and such a great netball brain, and it’s great she can pass this knowledge onto the younger players at our club.

“We are very proud and think it’s a wonderful achievement.”