In 2010, the RSL, Netball SA and the SANFL joined forces in creating an annual program of ANZAC Day Medals.
So the Kangaroo Island Netball Association began the process of finding a servicewoman on the island who also contributed to netball.
“It has been extremely difficult and we ask for input from the wider community to help identify a prominent local, so that next year we can join the program and assist the RSL in naming the ANZAC medal,” KINA president Sharon Gaskin said.
“While saying that, KINA and the clubs felt it was necessary to still commemorate ANZAC Day in our own way. So this year at Gosse and Kingscote, medals were awarded to A Grade players whose court play reflects the ANZAC spirit – skill, courage in adversity, self-sacrifice, teamwork and fair play.”
In 2011, Kangaroo Island’s Jamie Larcombe became the 23rd Australian soldier to give the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Afghanistan.
The Larcombe Family medal winner was chosen by his sisters Annemarie, Emily and April at the Western Districts versus Dudley United game and was awarded to Sharee Eichner.
At Kingscote, Jean Griffith, who served in the army between 1942-1945 and played netball for many years for Penneshaw in the late 1930s, selected the recipient in the game between Kingscote and Parndana – Yaeda Dorrestijn.
Ms Griffith (nee Howard) played netball for Penneshaw in the late 1930s. They didn’t have a set program but played periodic games against Kingscote.
The Penneshaw girls would travel around on the back of a truck and play netball at the courts where the Soldiers Memorial garden is now in Kingscote.
In 1942, Jean joined the army and worked in the pay office in Adelaide. She was later discharged in 1945 and married Alan that same year.
Jean and Alan Griffith went on to build a successful business and raise three children, Howard, Ian and Rosalyn. Rosalyn played for Kingscote and along with her daughters, Kate and Alison also Western Districts.
Their daughters, Abby Murray and Zoe Berden are currently playing in Netta for Parndana and Wisanger. Lily Griffith, daughter of Ian and Annie has also played for many clubs – Western Districts, Wisanger and Kingscote.
Any information about other servicewomen who contributed to netball on Kangaroo Island would be greatly appreciated and can be emailed to [email protected]南京夜网.
Jean Griffith in her service days.
The Penneshaw “Basketball” Club of 1938-39, left to right: Diminy Bates (Flemming), Beryl Mansell (Blyth), Jean Howard (Griffith), Edna Howard (Townsend), Jean Cain (Willson), Joan Murray (Vincent), Sadie Stevens (Willson).
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