Carlton Netball Club – Background History 1945 – today

Volunteers Make Sport Achievable and to this end there are many on Committees that are not mentioned but are always so important in the outcome.

A big Thank You to Susan Rope (Life member) for providing the Club history to Carlton.

1945 – EXTON’s Original Club was in The ABA (Auckland Basketball Association).

EXTON’s was set up by Ralph Exton for the workers in his EXTON’s Garment Manufacturing Company – a frock workroom. Mrs. Turner took the club under her wing for many years and coached with success. On her retirement it was taken over by Daphne Coverdale who went on to Coach many Auckland Representative Teams. The Club always had 2 or 3 teams in the Auckland Competition.


1967 – Susan Rope (Life Member) joined EXTON’s whilst at Epsom Girls Grammar School as Daphne Coverdale was her U21 Auckland representative coach.

1970 – Auckland Basketball Association changed to Auckland Netball Association, as we know it today.

1972 – Raewyn Henry (Life Member) joined EXTON’s and both Susan and Raewyn played C/WA  Coached by Daphne Coverdale.

1975 – (Last year of EXTON’s) Negotiations took place with the Grammar Old Boys Rugby Football Club in Ayr Street, Parnell. This was a huge decision which brought new enthusiasm to the Club.

1976 – Grammar Netball Club with Daphne Coverdale as Premier Coach and Susan Rope as Club Captain moved into a new era of Auckland Netball. The club grew in numbers with eight teams. Most of the Premier players coached or Managed Teams.

1980 – Margaret Pattillo was appointed Premier Coach whilst still playing for Collegiate Premier Team which was a major accomplishment. Raewyn Henry along with Susan Rope, playing as young Mum’s, enjoyed this new experience.

1984 – (Last Season of Grammar Netball Club). Negotiations took place with Carlton Rugby   Football Club in Cornwall Park to have our own club training court on their car park.

1985 (February 9) – CARLTON NETBALL CLUB was born. Carlton Rugby Football Club announced the arrival of our Netball Club to be officially affiliated with theirs – another progressive step. Margaret Pattillo became Premier Player/Coach and Susan Rope continued on as Club Captain. The Club attracted players many of which were Auckland Representatives, including Aggie Boxall (Life Member) joining the club in this new Era.

1987 – We obtained the first Brewery Sponsorship in Netball for The National Swiss Maid League Competition. Our Premier and Senior A Teams were known as Carlton Fosters, Sponsored by Carlton United Breweries. The Team won the Northern Zone Competition but were unsuccessful in their Challenge in Christchurch for the National League.

1990 – The Carlton Fosters Premier Team successfully won the Challenge for a place in The Bendon League National Competition. The Margaret Pattillo coached Team made Club History.

This Era of Netball was very exciting. Windmill Rd Auckland Netball Centre was bursting at the seams.

2006 – Auckland Netball Association moved from Windmill Road to new facilities. This is how Carlton came to play at the AMI Auckland Netball Centre. With indoor facilities and outdoor courts that tripled the size of Windmill Road, the Auckland competition could only see more growth to the sport.

Susan Duncan took over from Susan Rope, then Anne Mulrenan (now Anne Nicholson).

Other Club Captains have been Karen Hoey (Life Member), Suzanne Rangi (Life Member), Kaylene Froggatt and now Kim Vize.

Considered a friendly, vivacious and fair club Carlton Netball have grown from strength to strength over the years.  In 2007, Carlton Netball completed it’s objective of becoming an incorporated society.  In that year seven of its 14 teams finished in the top two places in their respective grades.   In 2008, we also showed good results, with the Premier 1 team finishing 4th overall and six Carlton Teams being awarded prizes at the Auckland Netball prize-giving, along with the Laser Premier Club Player of the year going to one of our established club members.  In 2009, both premier teams finished in the top 6 with the Colts team winning their grade and Carlton 3 coming second in their grade.

Carlton Netball produced it’s first official Silver Fern in 2007 with player Paula Griffin being selected for the country’s national team.  Silver Fern Maria Tutaia has also played for Carlton Netball in past years.  In 2010, one of our successes was having Premier player, Bailey Mes, selected for the Northern Mystics team and is now a senior Silver Fern. 


Today, we have at least 12 teams registered to the Club, with over 130 people either playing, umpiring, coaching and managing.  This is a mix of competition and social grades from Premier to first grade.