Shining a light on our clubs


In each edition of Netball News, we’ll introduce you to one of Netball SA’s 340 affiliated clubs and one of their key players. First up is Charleston Netball Club, which despite being one of the smallest clubs in the Mid-Hills Association, with three teams and 30 players, experienced a stellar 2017 winter season.


Size no barrier to success


This year Charleston NC had two senior teams and one junior team competing, so it was a wonderful achievement when the senior teams won the premierships for B3 and C grade.


Secretary of Charleston NC, Liz Young, said the icing on the cake for the club was the recognition of two of its senior players in the association’s best and fairest awards. Rebecca Jesiman was awarded best and fairest for B3, and Jasmin Russell was recognised as runner-up best and fairest for C grade.


Working together


Liz said the family-focused club pulls together to make sure that every player is supported and encouraged to perform to their best, while having lots of fun.


“The club committee put in the hard yards to ensure the club is a success so it was fantastic to see the hard work of Charleston NC president Amy Lee also recognised this year,” she said.


“Amy was honoured to win the 2017 SportPower Local Legend competition for her contribution to the club after being nominated by a senior player. The prize was a $1000 voucher to spend at SportPower Mount Barker. The Charleston NC thanks SportPower for being a local business who supports local sporting heroes.”


Looking forward


With all eyes set on growing the club, the committee are now on a campaign to install lights at the tennis/netball courts in Charleston and develop more of a home town presence.


The committee has applied to the Premier’s Fund My Neighbourhood initiative in the hope of attracting enough funds to erect suitable lighting so the courts can be used for training, while also benefiting other recreational pursuits in Charleston.


Meet player… Amy Lee

How many years have you played for the club?

Since 2004 -13 years.


What division/ team are you in?

B3 grade in winter and currently playing S4 in our summer competition.


What position/s do you play?

My main position is WA however I also play WD, C, GD and GK.


Why and when did you start playing netball?

I never played a lot of sport as a child as my family moved to a new house often due to my father’s work. My first attempt at playing club netball came in high school with the Barmera Netball Club, but was short-lived due to my lack of skills and commitment and it wasn’t until my adult years that I found a true love for the game. This started out with playing a relaxed brand of social mixed netball at Turramurra Recreation Centre, which was loads of fun!


Upon meeting my husband, I moved up to the Adelaide Hills and before I had even moved, unbeknown to me I had been already committed to the Charleston Netball Club (great recruiting there!). I had attended a wedding in which some of the guests at our table (who were Charleston netballers) found out I was moving to Woodside and that I play netball, my details were taken and in the coming weeks I got a phone call which was “practice starts on Wednesday”. This was back in 2004.


What does the netball club mean to the community?

Netball is a pretty big part of the Adelaide Hills community with the Mid-Hills Association’s 18 courts being full on a Saturday from 8.30am till 5pm in winter, and with summer competition having to now be split over two evenings.


For the Charleston community there is an 82-year history of a netball club and the club has contracted and grown over the years. We are currently in a growing cycle with the re-introduction of a junior team and a new uniform planned for the 2018 winter season.


Netball is a great opportunity to connect, have fun and form lifelong friends.


What has been your most memorable club moment?

This is hard as I am sure there has been a few over our long history, but for me certainly the achievements of our past season have been truly amazing.


Who is your netball idol and why?

I have no particular netball idol, I think that anyone who has a go and finds a sport they enjoy is a legend. I find inspiration in stories of those that have beaten the odds just to take part in their chosen sport.  Equally for small clubs like mine the legends are the committee members, umpires and coaches that volunteer their time to keep our club alive.


Do you have pre-game superstitions?

All hands in and GO CHARLIE!!! That is about as far as it goes!


Who is the larrikin of your club and why?

Hmmm… I’m not sure there is one that stands out. We have a great bunch of people in our club and being small means we are just like one big family.


Charleston NC is always seeking new players so if you or your child would like to play netball, you would be very welcome at Charleston. Contact Amy Lee on 0412 336 100 for more information.