Kissing Point Netball Club is of the larger clubs playing in Ku-ring-gai Netball Association’s competitions on Sydney’s upper north shore. We are one of the 18 clubs participating in the main winter competition (March-August on Saturdays) and we’re also among the 11 clubs which compete in the mid-week spring competition (September-December). Both competitions are played across two venues at the
Our parent club, Kissing Point Sports’ Club, was created in 1957 when a group of about six interested people gathered with a view to establishing a soccer competition in the municipality. Back then, South Turramurra was still in its early days of development … there was no local shopping centre; the land where the high school now stands was still an orchard; Turramurra Public School had only opened four years earlier with 47 pupils; the land which the oval now occupies was still owned by flower growers and the Comenarra had not been built. It took three meetings of these enthusiasts to get the Kuringgai District Junior Soccer Association officially established and in that same year, South Turramurra’s first soccer team was formed. Competition between the
In the summer of 1961 / 62, five years after KPSC started playing soccer and had grown from one to six soccer teams, the Club decided to embark on its second sport – cricket. In 1966 – the same year the clubhouse opened – softball became the first girls’ sport introduced at KPSC when the local Turramurra Public School team sought out the chance to play their sport on the weekend.
By 1968, KPSC was well established with soccer, cricket and rugby for boys and softball for girls but there was a need to provide more opportunities for girls. Netball (or women’s basketball as it was known back then) was a popular choice but there was no locally run competition in Ku-ring-gai and so the teams played outside the area, including with the Eastwood-Ryde Association. In that first year of competition, four premierships were won by Kissing Point. However, the locals tired of travelling long distances to play and so took action to establish the Ku-ring-gai Women’s Basketball Association in 1969, now known as Ku-ring-gai Netball Association or KNA. Matches were played on grass courts at various venues including Auluba Oval until 1979 when all competition moved to Canoon Road’s all-asphalt courts.
From 1969 to 1972, Kissing Point Netball was strongly represented with over 15 teams but come 1973, the Club suddenly had no teams! The reason for this is not clear but the records show the Club did not enter any teams due to no one being willing to accept the Netball Vice Presidency. The loss of players to other clubs was devastating and in 1974, KP registered only one senior team in D1 grade. The following year, the
It was 1978 before baseball would join the KPSC ranks. The sport was initially played under the auspices of Ku-ring-gai Baseball, who lent a kit between the two teams. In 1983, at the end of the winter softball season, an unofficial team of KP softballers was registered to play in the summer baseball competition. The all-girl team aged 15 to 26 was registered in the men’s all-age Ku-ring-gai League, in spite of the Club Executive not having endorsed the adoption of baseball as a sport; in spite of not having a Vice President and in spite of the softballers providing their own kit and uniforms. The next season saw baseball officially endorsed at KPSC.
As the Kissing Point area rapidly developed, Ku-ring-gai Council acquired the
The five sporting codes are managed independently by volunteers from the members but across the board, the same philosophy is adhered to – A club for good sports – and teams are fielded across all age groups. Representatives from each code come together to form the committee for the parent body. We work hand-in-hand with Ku-Ring-Gai Municipal Council in managing the facilities. The clubhouse is a licensed venue and in the interests of providing a healthy environment for our members – old and young alike – Kissing Point Sports’ Club is one of more than 6500 clubs to participate in the Good Sports program. Good Sports is the largest health initiative in Australian sport. Operated by the Australian Drug Foundation, the aim is to try and build stronger, healthier and more family-friendly clubs for the local community by setting standards around key health issues of alcohol, smoking, obesity and mental health. The three-step accreditation process is simple but effective in improving the way alcohol is managed at sporting clubs. And there’s proof it works – research shows Good Sports reduces the likelihood of risky drinking by 37% and reduces the risk of alcohol-related harm to club members by 42%. Yay!
We’re so lucky to have our own local clubhouse that provides a safe place for families to gather, overlooking the lit playing fields surrounded by natural
Photos and text extracted from “Kissing Point Sports’ Club – A History” by John Orlovich