Rich history to memorial tournament

Tourney dating back 75 years will open 2017 Pak’nSave Gisborne senior netball season.

Tourney dating back 75 years will open 2017 Pak’nSave Gisborne senior netball season.

SAFE HANDS: Waikohu goal-attack Arahia Ruru jumps for the ball with Ngatapa debutant Jatem Ryland in close attendance during Saturday's Kathleen Henderson Memorial Tournament.

Picture by Paul Rickard

A TOURNAMENT dating back 75 years will once again open the 2017 Pak’nSave Gisborne senior netball season.

The Kathleen Henderson Memorial tournament at the Victoria Domain courts tomorrow has attracted 30 teams, including sides from Whakatane, Ruatoria and Wairoa.

The teams are in four grades and the sides will be vying for memorial trophies honouring former players and officials up for grabs.

The pinnacle silverware is the Kathleen Henderson trophy for the A-grade winners.

Henderson was a Gisborne Girls’ High and Poverty Bay representative who died of illness at the age of 17.

A talented all-round athlete, whose brother Peter became an All Black, her family honoured her memory with this trophy.

Last year YMP (1) claimed the trophy but do not have a team this year although members of the YMP squad will be involved with the Tairawhiti Maori open side entered.

The B-grade teams are vying for the Patsy Burke Memorial Shield. Nineteen-year-old Patsy was among the 22 killed when the pleasure launch Ranui was overturned by freak waves off Mount Maunganui in December of 1950.

Burke had been a member of the St Mary’s Old Girls, Grey Wing and HSOG clubs.

McLeods Concrete HSOG are defending the title and face strong challenges from Taiki’s new second team and last year’s C Grade winners Tatapouri Sportsfit.

C-grade teams are competing for the Elizabeth Crawford Memorial Shield donated by the Crawford family and Grey Wing Netball Club in 1974.

Elizabeth Crawford was a founding member of the Grey Wing Club and she who competed at top level of netball before dying of a blood disorder.

Hikurangi Matariki are looking to make it four Dawn Gallagher Shield wins on the trot in the D-grade section.

Gallagher was a top representative player who went on to umpire at national level before dying of meningitis. She was a driving force behind Poverty Bay umpires and during her tenure was responsible for Gisborne having one of the highest rates of nationally-qualified umpires per capita in New Zealand.

Matariki will be challenged by several school teams tomorrow.

A TOURNAMENT dating back 75 years will once again open the 2017 Pak’nSave Gisborne senior netball season.

The Kathleen Henderson Memorial tournament at the Victoria Domain courts tomorrow has attracted 30 teams, including sides from Whakatane, Ruatoria and Wairoa.

The teams are in four grades and the sides will be vying for memorial trophies honouring former players and officials up for grabs.

The pinnacle silverware is the Kathleen Henderson trophy for the A-grade winners.

Henderson was a Gisborne Girls’ High and Poverty Bay representative who died of illness at the age of 17.

A talented all-round athlete, whose brother Peter became an All Black, her family honoured her memory with this trophy.

Last year YMP (1) claimed the trophy but do not have a team this year although members of the YMP squad will be involved with the Tairawhiti Maori open side entered.

The B-grade teams are vying for the Patsy Burke Memorial Shield. Nineteen-year-old Patsy was among the 22 killed when the pleasure launch Ranui was overturned by freak waves off Mount Maunganui in December of 1950.

Burke had been a member of the St Mary’s Old Girls, Grey Wing and HSOG clubs.

McLeods Concrete HSOG are defending the title and face strong challenges from Taiki’s new second team and last year’s C Grade winners Tatapouri Sportsfit.

C-grade teams are competing for the Elizabeth Crawford Memorial Shield donated by the Crawford family and Grey Wing Netball Club in 1974.

Elizabeth Crawford was a founding member of the Grey Wing Club and she who competed at top level of netball before dying of a blood disorder.

Hikurangi Matariki are looking to make it four Dawn Gallagher Shield wins on the trot in the D-grade section.

Gallagher was a top representative player who went on to umpire at national level before dying of meningitis. She was a driving force behind Poverty Bay umpires and during her tenure was responsible for Gisborne having one of the highest rates of nationally-qualified umpires per capita in New Zealand.

Matariki will be challenged by several school teams tomorrow.

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