Berwick Netball Club commenced in 1955 as the Berwick Women’s Basketball Club playing in the South West Gippsland Football League “Women’s Basketball Competition” against clubs such as Beaconsfield, Lyndhurst Hampton Park, Officer, Narre Hallam and Cranbourne. In late 1971, the Berwick Netball Club was named, moving from the Berwick Women’s Basketball Club to align with the introduction of the name of netball across the country in the previous year.
Berwick’s home was at Buchanan Park which was renamed by Cr Bill Hudson in 1978 ‘Arch Brown Reserve’ in recognition Brown’s 58 years of service to the Berwick Football Club. On 1st July 1979 under the leadership of President Hazel Cooke a new netball court was opened at Arch Brown Reserve by Cr Ron Irwin and was celebrated with a junior netball tournament of Under 12s and Under 14s.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Berwick participated in netball association based netball, predominantly in the Dandenong and District Netball Association where there were more than 200 players. In 2000 the club moved to the outdoor netball courts between the athletics track and football ground which were developed as part of the 2000 Olympics Torch Relay that visited the Reserve. 2002 saw the Berwick Netball Club join the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League (MPNFL), partnering with the Berwick Senior Football Club, re-establishing the club’s participation in a football/netball competition.
The club celebrated its 50th anniversary on 23rd April 2005 with a function at the Berwick Football Club Social Rooms, and its 60th anniversary in August 2015 in similar fashion. At the conclusion of 2014, Berwick Netball Club together with other football league netball and football clubs joined together to leave the MPNFL and establish the South East Football Netball League (SEFNL). After many years of campaigning the courts were resurfaced with an acrylic coating in 2014 and the spectator and storage areas were completed in 2016.
Code of Conduct
BNC prides itself on being an inclusive and family friendly club. To ensure this, all members are required to abide by the club’s Code of Conduct.
Player Commitment and Discpline
The Player Commitment and Discipline Policy seeks to promote and strengthen the good reputation of Netball, and the Club by establishing standards of performance and behaviour for Berwick Netball Club Players.
All members (players, parents, coaches, umpires) are expected to adhere to the Clubs By-laws which cover a variety of topics on how the club is to be run. In addition to the day to day running of the club, the by-laws also cover the following areas:
Player selection on court during season
Player selection on court during finals
Dispute resolution process
Berwick Netball Club is an Incorporated Association. The constitution is a formal document that sets out the club purpose, structure and methods of operating.