Merle Maskell is a former president and life member of the Shepparton Netball Association. Merle was involved for more than seventy years as a player, coach, administrator and umpire.
In 1978 the Maskell family donated a special trophy known as "The Silver Whistle Award". This award is still presented today but now known as the Merle Maskell Award.
The award is presented to the most improved badged umpire who has worked hard to continuously improve their umpiring and in some cases have awarded the next level badge
The award is now presented in recognition of the services devoted to the Shepparton Netball Association by Merle over the past seventy years.
Noella O’Keefe is also a long-time player, umpire and supporter of the Shepparton Netball Association.
The encouragement award was first present in 1993.
The award is presented to either a badged or unbadged umpire who shows talent, potential and who continuously strives to improve the standard of their umpiring.
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