Netball Celebrates 25 Years in BFNL

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A big crowd gathered to celebrate 25 years of netball in the BFNL last Sunday at the Bendigo Club.  Players, coaches, umpires and administrators from each era reminisced about their time in the BFNL.

Each club provided memorabilia from uniforms to photos to newspaper articles.  Cath Wicks, Jenny Tardiff and Kylie Ellis entertained us with their memories of their time on the netball executive.  Including playing on grass courts, undersized courts and who could forget the sloping QEO court marked on the road!! 

We celebrated our graduates.  Rebecca Bulley has gone from winning the B Grade Best and Fairest Medal in 1998 to a Commonwealth Games Medallist and World Champion.  Chloe Watson won the Carol Sing Medal in 2009 and Rising Star in 2011 and is now a member of the Melbourne Vixens and the Australian 21/U Team.

It was great to see so many Betty Thompson medallists, from Irene Klein to Meg Gilbert and many in-between, including the dual medallists Carol Sing, Rosanne Gallagher (Walgers), Kris Greene and Tiana Newman. 

The BFNL inducted netball's first 300 game Life Member last year, Alisha Chadwick.  A further two will be inducted this year, Alicia Cassidy and Katrina Walters.

A certificate of appreciation was presented to our executives from the last 25 years. 

Bendigo FNL Headspace Round

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Round 17 in the Bendigo Football Netball League is the headspace round.  headspace Bendigo provides support, information and assistance for young people aged 12-25 years who are going through a tough time.

The showcase game between Sandhurst and Golden Square Football and Netball Clubs at Queen Elizabeth Oval will see a representation from the Bendigo headspace team and the players in the senior match will wear green armbands which will symbolise headspace.

At headspace Bendigo you can receive support form a range of professionals including youth workers, sexual health workers, social workers, alcohol and other drug workers.  These workers are skilled in listening to young people and can help you identify problems, goals and achieve creative solutions to issues.

AFL Central Victoria Partnerships and Bendigo Football Netball League Manager, Carol Cathcart said “We are excited to have such an important relationship with an organisation such as headspace. We are committed to helping our Clubs both on and off the field within the region, and I strongly believe that our relationship with headspace will offer much needed assistance for anyone who needs information and support in a broad range of areas. headspace is helping thousands of young people get their lives back on track, and within our immediate region we have a responsibility to offer support and assistance to our players and Clubs” Cathcart said.

“We are so pleased and really excited to be working with the team at the Bendigo FNL, as we are both working towards the same goal of supporting and helping our young people.” Jenny Singe, headspace Bendigo Program Manager explained. “We know that a high percentage of young people drop out of sport and we know that some small towns and rural areas don’t have access to services and this is where we can help, not only our young people but their support networks too, such as parents and grandparents.”

Gisborne Twilight Game Launches New Lights

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Gisborne Football Netball Club will officially launch their new lights and new electronic scoreboard in a Twilight Game this weekend in round 17 of the Bendigo Football Netball League.

All games between Gisborne and Strathfieldsaye Football Netball Clubs will move by two hours on Saturday 22nd August. 

President of Gisborne Football Netball Club, Colin Rogers said “This will be a community celebration to showcase the fantastic improvements made to Gardiner Reserve and thank everyone that has made this project such a success. A little over 18 months ago we established the steering committee consisting of all user groups and community members and successfully applied for funding through the State Government and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.  We raised $130,000 in community funds, tendered and completed all the works involved.”

Carol Cathcart, AFL Partnerships and BFNL Manager said “The lighting upgrade will provide opportunities for the club to host night matches next season in addition to benefiting other reserve user groups.”

Everyone involved with the Gardiner Reserve Community Project welcome people to attend the games on Saturday to see the new lights on both the football oval and netball courts and the new electronic screen in action.

Game times for this week are:


  • U/18 – 12.45pm
  • Reserves – 2.32pm
  • Seniors – 4.20pm


  • U/17 – 12 noon
  • B Reserve – 1.20pm
  • B Grade – 2.40pm
  • A Reserve – 4pm
  • A Grade – 5.20pm

KG plays her 150th

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Congratulations to Golden Square's Kathryn Graham (KG) who played her 150th game last weekend.  KG is currently vice captain of B grade and was part of the A Reserve 2014 premiership team. 

KG is very loyal to the club often working in Melbourne (as a physio) during the week and returning to Bendigo on weekends to play netball.