Netball a new focus for Magpies

Netball coordinators Amber Middleton and Johanna Grant and president Tom Mason (centre). Supplied

Tara Murray

There will be some new teams stepping out for the Roxburgh Park Football Club in the upcoming Essendon District Football League season.

The club will turn its attention to netball, with the club to field netball teams for the first time.

President Tom Mason said getting netball up and running at the club was about the club expanding within the community.

“I came on as president late last year and we’ve had a real focus on how we can better connect with the community and be more inclusive,” he said.

“We have a couple of women who are already netballers who are in our community. They were really interested in doing something last year, but it didn’t get off the ground.”

Mason said the response in the community had been really good and they were likely to field multiple teams and the response had been beyond expectation.

The Magpies are still looking for more players and coaches,

He said the club would look at renaming itself the Roxburgh Park Football Netball Club later this year.

“We want to be more inclusive with a greater range of services in Roxburgh Park.

“Hopefully we are only getting started.”

He said they would also look to partner with existing junior netball clubs in the area, to provide a pathway.

The club had also aimed to try and bring back their women’s senior football program. The women’s football side last played in 2019.

Mason said it didn’t look like that was going to happen, so they would focus on putting a lot of resources into their under-18.5 girls team.

He said they were looking for players for that team.

“Hopefully in 2023 we will have a full fleet of teams.”


Netball- Johanna: 0432 360 538, Amber: 0431 563 142.

Under-18.5 girls coach Scott: 0439 088 866

President- Tom Mason: 0428 693 057