Bunbury Netball Association

President Report 2016


At Bunbury Netball Association we pride ourselves on our innovative strategies, hard work and commitment. We believe that it is important for us as coach’s, umpires, and at committee levels to continually up skill ourselves and better our knowledge so we can take back to our associations, so we can develop that at an association level. This also means making sure we are financial and the structures are there for the future, that we are also aware of different needs, culturally, and emotionally. The focus must be broad and appeal to all BNA members from early ages to committee level. It also provides a platform for increasing skill within in coaches and umpires for higher levels of netball in the South West for future competitions. It takes all types of people to run and participate in an Association and we aim to bring out the best in all, sometimes we may not get it right but it is always a work in progress. Teamwork, good communication, inclusion, sense of belonging, passion for the sport of netball, and the desire to deliver netball for all ages and skill level in the community, is BNA focus and we were rewarded with the South West Association Award for 2016.


 BNA Board and Committee Members 2016


President/Director of Admin -            Trish Welsh

Director of Administration                 Alison Catelan

Director of Finance-                            Rom Lea

Association Development Officer                   Tanya O'Connor 
Association Umpire Officer                Kerrie Bassett
FUP  Co-Ordinator                                  Vikki Merritt

Director of Risk Management/Facilities/Canteen     Janine Buck

Junior Registrar/Co-ordinator            Kylie Parker- Templeman,                                               

Net Set Go Registrar                                    Joanne Heselwood

Friday Night Co-ordinator                            Cassandra Ward 

Committee Member                           Sue Howard




In conjunction with NAIDOC week, Bunbury Netball Association celebrated their first NAIDOC day this year. Many thanks to Karen Jetta, Sharon Cooke for umpiring and Jo Hill  PCYC Yorgas and Helen Brown Marist Jarrahs. NAIDOC week is a time to celebrate, history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australian make to our country and our society.  We look forward to this growing and being a regular feature on our calendar.


Mental Health Awareness Session – ONE LIFE Youth Focus

This year we held two sessions, which were very well attended with approximately 90 people over the sessions.  Mental Health can be very confronting but those that attended ended up with a different perspective and outlook not only on mental health, but their roles as Team Officials and parents.


Seniors – 61 Athletes

Juniors – 577 Athletes

This year we focused on pushing our Friday night competition with great rewards. Dropping the age entry to 14 we were slightly concerned that this would affect our Saturday Team numbers, but we were very lucky as it had no affect what so ever on our numbers and it created pathway for players who usually work on Saturday to be able to play netball. BNA was very happy with the competition level displayed this year and can see the rewards of educating, Coaches, and Umpires.



The NetSetGo NET program has continued to grow & succeed with 140 NET athletes participating in the NET Skills programs across 6 NSG Centres in Bunbury & nearly 200 SET athletes (20 teams) participate in the SET modified rules competition each week.

The investment in this grassroots program over the past 7 years is just now starting to become obvious with more athletes in the 12+ age groups playing netball & there has been a higher rate of success of our athletes being selected at Association and Regional levels.



For the first time, age group squads were selected in the previous year (2015).  To further improve the fitness and skill level of our squad athletes (11-15yrs), BNA introduced an off-season/pre-season fitness & development program running from Oct 2015 – Mar 2016.  This involved sourcing netball coach & fitness professionals from outside of our association to deliver sessions to expose out athletes to aspects of developing the “whole athlete”.

From these squads 2 age group teams were selected in each age group to represent BNA at regional and state carnivals.

BNA umpiring squad also became involved in facilitating match play sessions & received coaching from our BNA umpire coaches at these sessions.

Regional Representation. Regional Academy – 8 Athletes, Cadet Cup Teams – 14 Athletes, Souwest Jets – 6 Athletes



We had 22 Coach’s involved in our Athlete Development programme this year which involves coaching Representive Netball. We hosted many Coaching Development Programs with 29 achieving National accreditation.  2 x Intermediate Coach, 6 x Development Coaches and 22 x Foundation Coaches

Trish Welsh, Kylie Parker-Templeman and Tanya O’Connor attended the NMA Coaches Conference.  Michelle Willsher provided us with a Coaching Mentoring Program that tied in with our Athlete Development Program. Coaches attended the Knee Injury Prevention Program held in Bunbury and was ran by the Australian Diamonds Physiotherapist. At a Regional level, Bunbury Netball Association had excellent representation. Level 1 x Academy Coach, 3 x Cadet Cup Coaches, 3 x Cadet Cup Managers, Souwest Jets – 1 Reserves Coach & 1 Reserves Assistant Coach, 3 x BNA coaches assisted with delivery of the SWNR Youth Development Camp in Bridgetown in November 2015. BNA Selectors were involved in selecting athletes in the 2016 SW Regional Academy; BNA Selectors were involved in selecting athletes at the 2016 SW Age Carnivals


We are in our third year of our Academy umpiring and we are in the pilot program with NetballWA. We believe that providing the knowledge and educating our athletes to be umpires, they learn to respect umpires, understand the game and overall increase the skill level for players as well.

This year we re-introduced compulsory umpiring for clubs/teams. Although there was some concern for many in the beginning, it was widely accepted, and eradicated a lot of stress within the committee and gave the committee the ability to focus on their roles/portfolios. 

We had 72 umpires that enrol to umpire this year in our Umpiring Developing Programs.

Foundation Umpiring Program – 42 Umpires (Beginners/Green Shirt). Vikki Merritt ran this program again this year with great success. Vikki wrote and composed and Umpiring Workbook to incubuses the new rules, which was well received by the umpires. It was used every week as a tool, to educate and guide the umpires through their course and also outline the pathways for Umpiring.

Development Umpiring Program – 30 Umpires that have progressed from Foundations and working towards C-Badge. Kerrie Bassett Co-ordinated the Development Squad again with her team of Mentors, Teresa Halligan and Christine Worsfold. With the introduction of the new rules in 2016, BNA hosted 2 theory & practical “Rules Clarification Sessions” prior to the commencement of the season - 40 umpires attended. With the introduction of compulsory umpiring, it allowed us to fixture in Coaching theory weekly with the Level 1 theory included in the Development Umpiring Program.

Netball WA selected Bunbury Netball to be involved in the Netball WA Association Squad Umpiring Program, whereby BNA received sponsored umpiring shirts and netball community recognition for our successful and well managed umpire development program.

With excellent structure now in our Umpiring Program it also allowed our Umpire Coaching team to focus on their own personal umpiring growth and attend courses Women in Leadership workshop for Umpires – Renae Guthridge facilitator, Level 2 Umpiring Course, and Umpire Coaching Course - Paula Ferguson facilitator (SWSC).


2016 Susan Fuhrmann carnival. Over 33 teams participated this year, a new record. The SF carnivals aim is to encourage Primary School age club teams from all the SW associations to participate and have fun in a carnival atmosphere.  Manjimup; Year 7's the winners.

12’s Age Carnival- Very wet and wild day with Bunbury Netball Association being the overall winners.



A special thank you to the BNA committee and all the members of BNA. I am only one member of a team and to achieve all, we need the support of each other. To all that support the committee in one shape or form, and especially to the 2016 committee who supported me, I sincerely thank you all.


Trisha Welsh

BNA President