Our Mission

The Eastern Districts Netball Association (EDNA) is committed to promote and encourage netball in the Eastern areas of Adelaide.

EDNA provides a junior and senior outdoor competition for adults and children. It will provide a positive netball experience while developing skills and encouraging sportsmanship, participation and success in a friendly environment. The welfare of all players, coaches, umpires and officials is paramount. All adults and children, regardless of their age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial origin or religious beliefs are welcome.

The Eastern Districts Netball Association Executive would like to acknowledge the roles, responsibilities and services of all officials whether paid or volunteered that make the Association the success it is, as officiating in any capacity is one of the most responsible jobs in sport, be it on a social/volunteer level.

About The Association

The Eastern Districts Netball Association (EDNA) was formed in 1979.

The Association is administered solely by volunteers and caters for approximately 1600 members per year. Currently our netball community comprises around 180 teams from 30-35 Clubs/Schools taking to the court each week.

The AGM is held on the last Thursday in May each year where all positions become vacant and office bearers are elected. The AGM must be attended by at least one representative from each Club/School. A fine will apply for those that don't adhere.

The Executive Committee meets on the last Thursday of each month.

The Association shall enforce the rules as recognised by the All Australian Netball rule book for all competitions. Netta has some modified rules which are listed in the By-laws. (moderate stepping is allowed, 4 seconds to hold the ball and 4 feet defence) Non-competitive divisions of Primary and Netta also allow the coaches to move up and down the sides of the court to encourage and teach their players.

In affiliating with this Association you the Members are agreeing to abide by the Constitution and by-laws of the Association.

Key Points

  • The Association has a Heat Policy. (refer by-laws)
  • No games are played during school holidays.
  • All Netta, Primary and Sub-Junior Age competition matches consist of 4 x 10 minutequarters. The Juniors & Seniors play 4 x 12 minute quarters.
  • The Association has a Uniform policy, all players within a team must be in the same uniform to take to the court. (refer by-laws)
  • All teams are required to supply their own equipment: Match ball, Bibs and First Aid. (refer by-laws)
  • Finals are played for Sub-Junior, Junior and Senior competition only.
  • All non-competitive divisions - (Primary and Netta) players receive a participation Certificate from the Association.
  • Players are required to Register before playing their first match with the Association. However, once registered this registration lasts for their life within that competition.
  • Score cards are supplied to each coach at the beginning of the season; these are required to be given to the Court Supervisors completely filled out on the day the match is played. Each team has to supply their own scorer of at least 14yrs who must stand/sit together with the oposition scorer near the middle of the court on the side line.
  • The Association currently holds matches at 3 Court Locations. These are Lothian Avenue Windsor Gardens, Emery Road Campbelltown and Phillis Street Maylands. You may be rostered at any one of these locations but once allocated will remain at that time and location for the whole season.
  • The Association has a zero tolerance towards all unsportsmanlike behaviour. Whilst within the EDNA court areas, all players, coaches, parents and spectators are representing their clubs and shall be accountable for their actions. The Code of Ethics & Behaviour is to be followed at all times. (refer by-laws)
  • All coaches over 14 years of age are required to have a valid DCSI Working with Children Check.

Two competitions are held each year:

Winter Season

Commences April- September (terms 2 & 3 of school)

Age Competition (7 -14 year olds) played on Saturdays with the younger games starting at 11am and games continuing through out the day on the hour with the older children starting the last game at 3pm.

Senior (13 years & over) competition is played on Monday nights at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm.

Matches are played irrespective of weather conditions. The Association will only cancel matches if it is considered to be dangerous to the health & safety of our members.

Summer Season

Commences in October - March (terms 1 & 4 of school)

Age Competition (7-14 year olds) played on Friday evenings with the youngest starting at 5.30pm and the last game played at 9.10pm.

Senior (13 years & over) competition is played on Monday nights at 7pm, 8pm & 9pm.

History of The Association

On the 29th May 1986 Eastern Districts Netball Association applied for Incorporation.

It was formed to encourage and provide a netball competition in the Eastern Districts of Adelaide. It was set up as an Association for the players and all by-laws were voted on by the members. Prior to this, players had to travel outside the area to play. In this regard it hoped to promote more players to enjoy netball in and around the eastern suburbs.

Deane C Palmer the original Administrative Officer was largely responsible for getting the Association up and running. He was supported by Josy Holford as Recorder. The Association started out with no President, however Betty Binning helped out for a short while and then Mrs M Potter was elected at the AGM in July 1980.

The Senior competition commenced on 15 October 1979 and the Age competition on 12 October 1979. There were 16 affiliated Clubs forming 36 Senior teams and 28 Age teams. Matches were played at Emery Road Campbelltown, Phillis Street St Peters and Samuel Avenue Hectorville.

Word spread and the following season, winter 1980 had seen the Association grow to 27 affiliated Clubs. It continues its success today. It is still run by the affilliated members who vote on all by-law changes and the Executives are all volunteers, keeping it affordable for all.