Netball Legends

Stacey Blair 

Stacey first played for the Avoca FNC back in 1988 in the Under 14’s and has been one of the club’s better players winning many individual awards and playing in a number of premiership teams.

Stacey has won the A Grade League Best & Fairest in 2000, & 2004 in the Lexton Plains FNL and in 2005 in the MCDFNL.

She has won the Avoca FNC A Grade Best & Fairest in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,  2004, 2005, 2006 and 2014 .

She has also won the Avoca FNC Best & Fairest in the Under 14 in 1992, and the Under 17 in 1994.

Stacey has played 500 games (tomorrow) for the club and played in Nine premierships for Avoca in various grades over the past 35 years.  (Minus a few years for Maternity leave)

She is a Life member of the Avoca FNC and also the MCDFNL.

This is a fantastic effort, and we thank Stacey for her ongoing service over many years.

Aproximately 35 years service.

She has played in nine Premierships.

1989  – Under 14

1990 – Under 14

1991 – Under 14

1993 – Under 17

1994 – Under 17

2005 – A Grade

2006 – A Grade

2010 – A Grade

2019 – A Grade

She has won Numerous Awards including Ten Best & Fairest at club level and Three at league level.

1992 – Under 14 Best & Fairest

1994 – Under 17 Best & Fairest

1999 – A Grade Best & Fairest

2000 – A Grade Best & Fairest & LPFL A Grade Best & Fairest

2001 – A Grade Best & Fairest

2002 – A Grade Best & Fairest

2004 – A Grade Best & Fairest & LPFL A Grade Best & Fairest

2005 – A Grade Best & Fairest & MCDFNL A Grade Best & Fairest

2006 – A Grade Best & Fairest

Stacey has also coached the Under 14/17 teams in 1997 and is currently coaching junior teams atm.

And in 2018 coached the 13 & Under team.

And coached the A & B Grade teams in 2000.

 Click this link for PDF  Stacey Blair


Colleen Drummond is considered to be one of Avoca’s greatest netballers who has played over 500 games for the club.

Colleen first played netball for the club way back in 1982 in the Under 14’s and was lucky enough to play in a premiership in her first season of netball.

She then played the next two season’s in the Under 16 grade which resulted in two more premierships and an Under 16 Best & Fairest award in 1983 and a Runner Up Best & Fairest by one vote to Helen Hamer in 1984.

Because of Colleen’s uncanny goal shooting ability, she was promoted to the Senior team in 1985 to form a deadly goal shooting alliance with her sister Leah Harris, who also was a quality player with a number of Club and League Best & Fairest awards to her name.

Avoca won consecutive Lexton Netball Association Premiership from 1986 to 1990 and Colleen played in all of these premierships and was Captain in 1987, 88 & 89.

Colleen and her husband Bill then started a family, so Colleen had a hiatus from netball until returning to the fold in 2002 and has continued to play for Avoca since that time. Colleen tied for the A Grade Club Best & Fairest in 1982 with Stacey Blair.

Avoca again won the Premiership in 2006 and in 2007 and Colleen was an integral part of the team, and was again the Captain in 2007.

The Bulldogs have always had a strong netball club and the A Grade girls won the premiership again in 2010, with Colleen’s ability also being rewarded when she won the club Best & Fairest award. She also achieved this feat again in 2011 and 2012.

In recent season’s, Colleen chose to play at a lower grade to allow younger girls to step up to A Grade. She has won the Club Best & Fairest in C Grade in 2017,2018 & 2019. Playing in both C & B Grade in 2019 she was a member of the B Grade Premiership and also won the C Grade Club and League Best & Fairest award..

Colleen has been an outstanding contributor to the Avoca Bulldogs over the past 30 years. She has won numerous awards and is a multiple premiership player who has also shot many thousands of goals during her time under the goal ring.

Colleen is also a Life Member of the Avoca FNC.

Colleen has won the Club Best & Fairest on eight occasions.. Once at Under 16 level, three times at C Grade level and Four times at A Grade level. She also won the C Grade MCDFNL Best & Fairest in 2019.

She has played in 12 premierships for the club.

Colleen Harris/Drummond Record

1982   –           Under 14 Premiership

1983   –           Under 16 Premiership

                        Under 16 Club Best & Fairest

1984   –           Under 16 Premiership

                        Under 16 Runner Up Best & Fairest

1985   –           Played A Grade

1986   –           A Grade Premiership

                        A Grade Captain

                        Best in Grand Final

                        Under 18 Interleague Rep

1987   –           A Grade Premiership

                        A Grade Captain                   

1988   –           A Grade Premiership

                        A Grade Captain

                        Best in Finals

                        Played in A Grade LNA Team

1989   –           A Grade Premiership

                        A Grade Captain

1990   –           A Grade Premiership

                        Runner Up A Grade Best & Fairest.

1991 -2001 –  Did Not Play.

2002   –           Tied A Grade Best & Fairest with Stacey Blair.

2005   –           A Grade Most Consistent

2006   –           A Grade Premiership

2007   –           A Grade Premiership

                        Most Consistent.

2010   –           A Grade Premiership

                        Best & Fairest

                        Most Consistent

2011   –           Best & Fairest

                        Most Improved

                        Life Membership

2012   –           Best & Fairest

2013   –           Runner Up Best & Fairest

2014   –           Runner Up Best & Fairest

2015   –           Runner Up Best & Fairest

                       Best in Finals

2016   –           B Grade Most Valuable Player.

                        Best in Finals.

                        400th Game.

2017   –           Runner Up in MCDFNL C Grade Best & Fairest.

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

                        Coach’s Award.

2018   –           4th in MCDFNL C Grade Best & Fairest.

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

2019   –           B Grade Premiership

                        C Grade MCDFNL Best & Fairest

                        C Grade Club Best & Fairest.

                        450 games

 A link to a PDF version of Colleen Drummond’s History.

Colleen Drummond-converted (1).pdf



The Avoca Football Netball Club is blessed to have had one Wendy Robertson involved in our club since way back in 1961.

Our netball club was very lucky when Wendy Scott first became a part of our club way back in those early days.

Her involvement and leadership has seen our club enjoy much on and off field success.

Wendy was the netball club president from 1961 to 1965 and it was in this role of her leadership that helped to mould the success that our netballers enjoyed in the mid 60’s and early seventies.

During Wendy’s playing time with Avoca, she won the Club Best & Fairest four times and was Runner Up Best & Fairest on four occasions.

Wendy’s sister Janet also was a key player for the Bulldogs in that time having won Best & Fairest awards and also played in premiership teams alongside Wendy.

They both played in the 1967 & 1968 premierships and a number of other runner up teams.

Wendy was always involved at committee level and was Secretary for 8 seasons.

The knowledge of netball accumulated by Wendy over the years has been passed onto our playing groups when Wendy coached at both senior and junior level resulting in a number of premierships for the club.

Wendy was awarded Life membership back in 1987 for her contribution to our club and she has continued to be a role model for all at our club.

She has coached 8 club premierships for the club.

We are very grateful for the service that Wendy has given our club, but her dynasty continues through her Children and Grandchildren.

Wendy married our 1966 Best & Fairest footballer Max Robertson and they produced four netballers for the club. Nicole, Kylie, Jacinta and Stacey who have also been great contributors having all played in premiership’s and all figuring highly in Best & Fairest awards. Nicole and Jacinta moved away from town with their families, while Stacey and Kylie have remained in the district.

Nicole and her husband Robert live in Mildura but their daughter MIkaela Fraser joined the Bulldogs last season and was the Runner Up Best & Fairest in the A Grade premiership team.

Stacey has continued in her mother’s footsteps and is our most highly decorated player today. Playing in over 450 games and having won numerous Best & Fairest awards at club and League level, and is also a Life Member of the club. Stacey and her husband Mark Blair have continued the bloodline with Campbell and Aidan both playing football and Shayla commenced her netball last season and young Milla will join the netball ranks in time to come.

Kylie moved to the Natte-Bealiba club back in the 1990’s where her husband Andy is a passionate club member Kylie has played over 400 games for the Swans and has also been involved heavily in administration and coaching. (played 84 games for Avoca)

Kylie and Andy have produced a number of son’s and daughters who have all enjoyed success with the Swans .

So the Avoca FNC and the Natte-Bealiba FNC can be very thankful that Wendy and Max Robertson tied the knot way back in the 1960’s.

The 2019 Grand Final day was a very happy day for Wendy and Max, with Stacey and Mikaela winning the A Grade netball Premiership with Avoca and Grandson’s Trent, Jye and Zac all winning the football Premiership with Natte-Bealiba.

Wendy Robertson2-converted (1).pdf


Merle Streeter/Gothard was another who was involved in the early years of the Avoca Netball Club and has also had a big influence on the success of our Netballers over our history.

Merle was the club Secretary from 1961 to 1965 and then stepped into the role of President for the 1966 season and then Treasurer for the 1967 season.

During those early years she also played for the A Grade team and was the Best & Fairest in 1962 and was Runner Up Best & Fairest on 6 occasions. 1961, 1963-1966, 1969.

Merle played in the 1967 & 1968 A Grade Premierships alongside her sister Gwen Streeter who was also Captain of the 1968 Premiership team. Gwen was also the   President in 1967 & 1968.

After a break for some years Merle returned to Coach the A & B Grade Premiership teams in 1988 and in 1989 she again coached the A Grade to   Premiers and Champions and the B Grade girls were Runners Up.

In 1990, Merle again coached the A Grade to Premiers and was awarded Life Membership for her contribution to the club.

Merle married a member of our senior football 1971 Runner Up team in Paul Gothard and they produced four children who all played for Avoca.

Brad played some junior football but found that his niche was in golf, where he recently won the Avoca Golf Club Championship.

Daughters, Amanda, Katrina and Trudy were all very good netballers who all figured highly in Best & Fairest awards and all played in multiple Premierships for the club.

The Avoca Football Netball Club gives thanks for the late Merle Gothard for her significant contribution to our club.

Merle Streeter-converted.pdf


Leah Harris is considered to be one of the greatest ever players for the Avoca Netball Club.

Leah has contributed at administration and playing level during her time with the club from 1980 to 1993.

She was President of the club in 1986 after being in the role of Vice-President in 1985.

Her playing days commenced at junior level in 1980 and she showed straight away that she was a stand out player winning the club Under 14 Best & Fairest.

This was the first of eight club Best & Fairest awards.

Twice in the Under 14’s, Once in the Under 16’s and five times in the A Grade.

She was also Runner Up three times in A Grade.

Leah also won three League Best & Fairest awards, once in the Under 16 grade and twice at A Grade level. And was Runner Up three times at A Grade level.

Leah played in seven Premierships with Avoca. Once in the Under 14’s and six times at A Grade level.

Her last game for Avoca was in the 1993 A Grade premiership team.

Leah shot over 2600 goals in eight years as a senior player, for an average of 325 goals per season

Her contribution has been significant and she played a key role in our premiership era of the late 80’s and early 90’s.


Leah’s Record

1980    –           Equal 5th in Association Under 14 Best & Fairest.

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

                        Under 14’s Runners Up.

1981    –           3rd in Association Under 14 Best & Fairest

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

                        Under 14’s Premiers.

1982    –           Winner of Under 16 Association Best & Fairest

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest

1983    –           Runner Up In Club A Grade Best & Fairest.

                        Played in A Grade Association team.

1984    –           3rd in Club A Grade Best & Fairest.

1985    –           Club Vice-President

                        Runner Up in Association A Grade Best & Fairest.

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

1986    –           Club President

                        Runner Up in Club Best & Fairest

                        A Grade Premiership

                        Played in A Grade Association Team.

1987    –           Runner Up in Association A Grade Best & Fairest

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

                        A Grade Premiership

                        Best player in Grand Final.

1988    –           Winner of Association A Grade Best & Fairest

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest

                        A Grade Premiership

                        Played in A Grade Association Team.

1989    –           Winner of Association A Grade Best & Fairest

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest

                        A Grade Premiership & Champions.

                        Best Player in Grand Final.

1990    –           4th in Association A Grade Best & Fairest

                        Winner of Club Best & Fairest.

                        A Grade Premiership

                        Best Player in Finals

                        Played in A Grade Association Team.               

1991    –           Runner Up in Club Best & Fairest

1992    –           Did not play.

1993    –           3rd in Club A Grade Best & Fairest

                        A Grade Premiership.


 Link to PDF of Leah’s History.         

Leah Harris-converted.pdf

Doreen Hunter, or Dorrie as she is more affectionately known as is another who has been a great contributor to our netball club.

Dorrie has served the club for over 30 years in the roles of Coach, Umpire, and Office Bearer.

In 1990, Dorrie was rewarded for the years of devotion to the club with Life membership.

Dorrie was president of the Netball Club in 1975 and again in 1980.

She umpired for many years, but was probably best known as our very successful junior coach.  18 Grand Final Teams.

She coached our 3rds and 4th’s teams for 14 years straight  from 1968 to 1981 and again coached the 3rds and 4th’s in 1990 with her daughter Christine resulting in the thirds being Runners Up and the 4ths winning the premiership. She coached the 4ths on her own in 1991 to an undefeated Premiers and Champions season.

She coached 14 premierships for our club with two premiers and champions. And she also coached four Runner Up teams.

Dorrie could be considered a club legend for her extraordinary contribution to our club.

1968 –        3rd’s & 4th’s Premiership Coach.

1969 –        3rd’s Premiership Coach 4th’s Runner Up Coach.

1970 –        3rd’s Coach.   4th’s Runner Up Coach.

1971 –        3rd’s and 4th’s Coach

1972 –        3rd’s Coach.  4th’s Premiership Coach.

1973 –        3rd’s Coach.  4th’s Premiership Coach.

1974 –        3rd’s and 4th’s Premiership Coach.  4th’s Champions.

1975 –        Club President.  3rd’s and 4th’s Premiership Coach. 

1976 –        3rd’s and 4th’s Premiership Coach. 

1977 –        3rd’s and 4th’s Coach. 

1978 –        3rd’s and 4th’s Coach. 

1979 –        3rd’s and 4th’s Coach. 

1980 –        3rd’s Coach and 4th’s Runner Up Coach. 

1981 –        3rd’s Coach and 4th’s Premiership Coach. 

1990 –        3rd’s Runner Up Coach and 4th’s Premiership Coach.

                   Life Membership

1991 –        4th’s Premiership and Champions Coach.  

Doreen Hunter-converted.pdf



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