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Passing of Ipswich Netball Life Member ELLEN DAVIDSON
Ellen Davidson (aged 94 years) a long serving member of Ipswich Netball passed away peacefully on Friday night 30th April 2010. Ellen played basketball (renamed netball in the 1970’s) when she was a youngster and when her children were old enough she encouraged them to play Netball.
Ellen served on various committees in her 20 years as a tireless worker for Ipswich Netball during the late sixties, seventies and eighties. Ellen was always one of the first people to get to the courts on a Saturday to make sure all was in order for the day’s fixtures and one of the last to go home, she loved netball and the school children and would always be thee for Friday school netball fixtures. It was a family affair with husband Ron always there supporting Ellen and his daughters and netball.
Ellen worked with other long time life members such as Dorris Howe’s, Peg Richards and Beryl Lyne. In those days they only played a winter season on a Saturday and preseason there was always grass to be mowed, side line pegs to be found and finally courts to be white line marked. Ellen would always be there doing what ever jobs there was to be done. She would never miss a carnival and would be there as a manager and scorer for the representative teams when they would battling it out between Brisbane and Toowoomba. Ellen would always bring enough food to feed the whole team. When Ipswich would host the carnivals Ellen would be running between her much loved spot behind the canteen counter and running to the sideline to scoring for her daughter Wendy’s rep team. Ellen’s daughter Wendy began to excel at umpiring and attained her A grade badge and Ellen was there supporting her and blowing the whistle in the background.
Ellen loved netball it was in her geans and when she got the chance she would put up her hand and play in exhibition matches on opening days when the mothers played the daughters in a fun but serious game. Ellen received her Life Membership to Ipswich Netball in 1979. Thank-you Ellen for assisting in laying the foundations of what Ipswich Netball is today. Ellen Davidson we salute you “Ipswich Netball Association”