Joan Harnett

(1943 - )

Joan Harnett
Joan (now Harnett-Kindley) was one of the outstanding players who helped transform the image of “basketball” as a schoolgirls’ game to netball as a fast, entertaining international sport.

It helped too, in the style of the day, that Harnett gained more than usual attention because of her looks. “It was flattering,” she said. “You have to have someone like that.” But Harnett wasn’t just a pretty face. She first played for Canterbury in 1960 and was in the shooting circle for New Zealand at the inaugural world championships in England in 1963, when the Silver Ferns lost the final by a goal to Australia.

By the next championships, in Perth in 1967, Harnett was in devastating form and was one of the standout players of the tournament, which was won by New Zealand.

Harnett captained New Zealand at the 1971 championships (again second) and retired unexpectedly in 1974.

She coached Canterbury for two years, for a first and a second in the provincial tournament.

Joan Harnett-Kindley is a member of the Board of Governors of the Hall of Fame.
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