Club History

Since 1938

saint francis netball club wellington historical photo

Throughout the years we have created a proud reputation as a friendly and sociable club where good friends are made. Once joining the club, members rarely leave, and if they do (usually to travel overseas or have a baby) they come back!

St Francis Netball Club History

The St Francis club started up c1938 under the aegis of the Children of Mary at the request of Father McGrath. Chris Rump was charged with the task of convening the first meeting, which was attended by enough enthusiastic young women to form two teams.

The teams played successfully in competitions under the control of the Wellington Basketball Association, winning the occasional championship and trophies.

During the 1960s the format of the game changed from a nine-a-side to seven-a-side, and became known as Netball. Basketball now refers to the indoor game which is altogether different.

Apart from a short recess sometime in the late 1960s, the club has kept going, and in recent times has had up to five teams playing in competitions.

This is a great success story: the only parish group that can claim the distinction of staying together for nearly 70 years.


Life Members

We have several members who have been involved in the club in a playing or coaching capacity for 16 years. One life member has been with us since the 1960’s.

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Long Service Awards

A new award introduced in 2009, this recognises members who have been financial members of the club for ten years or more.

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Annual Happenings

2012 – We took delivery of new playing uniforms and bibs for all teams in June. While still featuring the traditional club colours of maroon, black and white the design has been updated.

2010 – For the second year in a row a team attended the post -season Hastings tournament. The team was made up of players from different St Francis club teams. Despite not many of them playing together before, and unfortunately a broken arm, they won their grade’s trophy!

2009 – Two teams attended the pre-season tournament in Lower Hutt and one team went to the post-season Hastings tournament for the first time in years. $900 funding was received from NZCT for equipment and new first aid kits, practice bibs, netballs and gear bags were purchased (though gearbags not available till after season’s finish). Life membership was awarded to Kylie Summers. A new Long Service Award recognising ten years membership of St Francis was introduced and awarded to six existing members. A new award for Personality of the Year was also introduced. Shona Raemaki was awarded the Wellington Netball Service Award for her contribution to netball in the capital.

2008 – The St Francis uniform was amended to incorporate a black polypropylene top to keep us warm in the Wellington southerlies. Team 1 had a great season and were promoted back to Prem 3 grade for 2009. Team 5 won the Barbara Marchant cup for best defensive team in Senior grades. The first annual survey of club members was introduced asking about fundraising and social activities. A 70th anniversary ball was held for the end-of-year function – a glamourous affair, it was held at Westpac Stadium.

2007 – Team 4 (Presidents) won their grade. The dress-up Derby event was re-introduced. Tracksuits were purchased through a grant and provided to each player and coach. An additional team meant a number of new uniforms were purchased, though for the first few weeks, uniforms were washed between games.

2006 – Team 3 (Presidents) won their grade. Team 1 lost their relegation match by one goal which was heart-breaking and were relegated from Prem 3 to Prem Reserve 1 grade. The Blind Date was introduced for the Charity Auction.

2005 – An fundraising auction night was held plus some filing work for ANZ raised $1000. Fees were increased form $110 to $130.

2004 – Debbie Matoe was employed as a selector whilst Francis Solia came along as a guest coach. New trackpants were purchased. An auction night was held to raise funds.

2003 – St Francis won the Club Championship – the Lady Iris Trophy, with the highest average team championship points of any club in the competition. The Premier 4 team won the Premier Cup for winning 4C, Senior 3 team won the Senior 3 grade, as well as Barbara Marchant Trophy for Best Defence Play in the Senior Grades, the Betty Armstrong Cup for the highest goal average in the senior grades and the big one …… the Wgtn City New World Trophy for Senior Team of the year. The club purchased jackets for club members, new uniforms and lots of new balls.


2001 – Taita tournament was attended. Club drink bottles were provided to members.

2000 – Sponsorship received from Ferrymans and Bull & Bear. Fees were $110 and members were given a pair of club socks. New shirts, fleeces and beanies were bought as well as $400 of new balls. One club event was a tango and mambo class.

1999 – Fees increased to $100. Pre-season Taita tournament attended. Casino night and mystery bus tour were mid-season events. Sponsorship received from Bull & Bear. New shirts purchased. Balls and new gear bags bought.

1998 – Fees increased to $95. Beanies produced and given to club members. Sponsorship again received from Ferrymans and also Community Trust and Bull & Bear. Pre-season Taita tournament attended. Mystery bus tour held as mid-season club event. Wine trail held post-season. New balls purchased.

1997 – Club attended the pre-season Taita tournament. Club jackets were available for $50 each. Sponsorship received from Ferrymans.

1996 – Club received sponsorship funds from Ferrymans and from Wellington South Licensing Trust.

1995 – The club attended the annual Giorgi Tournament in Hastings and won two trophies. New skirts and bibs purchased during the year.

1994 – The club held a dress-up Derby night where each team played against all the others. Later in the season, some players attended the annual Giorgi Tournament in Hastings. Fees for the year were $90 and included a pair of bike pants. Sweatshirts and trackpants were purchased and sold to club members

1993 – The club attended a pre-season tournament in Levin and the Hastings tournament in August. New team bags andgear bags were provided to club members. A dress-up Derby night was held between teams. Fees for the year were $80.

1992 – Fees for the year were $70. The club attended the Hastings tournament at the end of the season.

1991 – Fees for the year were $65. The club attended the Hastings tournament at the end of the season. Club sweatshirts were provided for free to club members.

1990 – A team from the club were runners-up for the Hong Kong Cup played for in the South Pacific Tournament held in Hong Kong over a 3 day period, March 24-27. A very successful fund-raising programme produced $19,000 towards the cost of sending a squad of twelve players to the tournament. Club wet weather gear was purchased at cost of $1785. The Hastings tournament was attended post-season.

1989 – The club attended the pre-season Levin tournament and the Hastings tournament at the end of the season. Two balls purchased for $115. Fundraising for Hong Kong trip through Housie evenings. Rickyi Love joined as coach of Team 1, a position he held for several years.

1988 – Fees increased to $52. Club headbands produced. Sale of chocolates added to raffles and social events as a fundraising activity. Fundraising began for planned Hong Kong tournament Tournaments attended in Palmerston North (pre-season) and Hastings (post-season).

1987 – Fees increased to $36. Two netballs purchased for $216. Hastings tournament attended.

1986 – Four new netballs purchased at cost of $264. Hastings tournament attended.

1985 – Club sweatshirts sold to club members for $15. Tournaments in Palmerston North and Hastings attended.

1984 – New skirts purchased by the club for $1225 (cost to each player of $25.60) and old ones sold for $70. Three sets of bibs purchased for $105. Mini-tournament held in May. Club socks purchased and provided free to members. Hastings tournament attended.

1983 – Subs were $25 for the year. New netballs purchased. Trip to Palmerston North tournament. Also, a club mini-tournament held.

1982 – Two new balls were bought for $107. The club attended the Palmerston North and Hastings tournaments. Fundraising activities included raffles and a Goalathon.

1981 – Two sets of bibs were purchased and $199 of material for skirts was purchased. The club attended the Palmerston North and Hastings tournaments.

1980 – The Hastings tournament was attended.

1979 – Fees increased by 50% to $15. New skirts were made up at a cost of $2 each. Two new balls were purchased at a cost of $93 – other balls were repaired. A tournament was played in Palmerston North and an end-of-year tournament was attended in Hastings. A bus was chartered and shared with Kia Ora club.

1978 – Subs were $10. An end-of-year tournament was attended in Palmerston North.

1977 – Subs were $9 for the year. New bibs were bought for $91. The drinks order for the end-of-year function included: 2 Bourbon, 1 Bicardi, 1 Gin, 1 Whiskey, 1 Vodka, 2 dozen large Coke, 1 doz large lemonade and 5 dozen Lion Brown. The total cost of the spirits was $28.86.