Orroroo Netball Club stalwart celebrates 750 games

Orroroo Netball Club legend and Life Member, Julianne O'Dea donned on her netball bib for the 750th time on Saturday.

Orroroo Netball Club legend and Life Member, Julianne O'Dea donned on her netball bib for the 750th time on Saturday.

In what is a club and potentially association record, Orroroo Netball Club legend and Life Member, Julianne O'Dea donned on her netball bib for the 750th time on Saturday.

“It is an awesome effort to play 750 senior games for the one club,” Northern Areas Netball Association president Mary Hewett said.

“Julianne has been a tireless and long serving player, coach, administrator, umpire and volunteer for her club and association across this time.

“Her longevity and commitment to the game of netball has been simply outstanding.”

Her longevity and commitment to the game of netball has been simply outstanding.

NANA president Mary Hewett

O’Dea (nee Chapman) had her sister Simone Fromm return for the day to play alongside her in this landmark match.  

In O’Dea’s milestone game, the Roos enjoyed victory, defeated Broughton Mundoora by four goals in the D grade match, 31 to 27.

“Julianne has tremendous knowledge and the capacity to pass this onto the younger Roos player,” Orroroo president Kate Pearce said.

“As a player she is always consistent and steady, the type to team mate you want in the tight situation.

“She is certainly an icon of our club and this is a club record that may never be beaten.”  

O’Dea started her senior playing career with the Roos back in 1972.  

That year the late Gough Whitlam began his first year as our County’s Prime Minister, after taking over from William McMahon, the Premier of South Australia was the exuberant Don Dunstan, Doug Nicholls becomes the first Indigenous Australian that was knighted, the controversial soap opera “Number 96” debuted on the 10 Network and Belinda Green was voted as Ms World in London.

Julianne O’Dea remarkably played every season across 46 years for Orroroo, along with mothering three children, sons Brodie and Liam, along with daughter Kaila along the way.

This makes her one of this nation’s longest serving and most loyal netball players.

Over the years O'Dea has perfected roles both in the mid-court and in goals.

Regardless of what position she lines up in from week to week, she is an instrumental part to her team’s regular success with elite netball smarts, lightning passing and tremendous agility.

Across her upwards of four and a half decades, O’Dea has racked up plenty of individual and team honours as a Roo.

She has 10 premierships under her belt as a player, a remarkable 12 club best and fairest awards in grades ranging from A Grade to D Grade and has represented NANA a total of 10 times at the annual Netball SA Country Championships.

Julianne O’Dea is also a massive contributor to the Orroroo Netball Club off the court, serving years on the committee, association delegate, coaching, in selection and umpiring.