EARLY HISTORY (1968 – 1984)
The original basketball competition began in 1968 on two outdoor bitumen courts that existed on the Kostera Oval reserve behind the cricket clubrooms.
The Kalamunda and Districts Basketball Association (KDBA) was then incorporated on October 1st, 1971.
For several years, games were played in the evenings by adults during the summer months. In 1975, four bitumen outdoor courts were constructed at Ray Owen Reserve along with some basic changerooms. KDBA funded the changerooms on a self-supporting loan of $30,000. (These original changerooms are now part of the football clubrooms.)
A short time later Netball started at Ray Owen and eight more outdoor courts were constructed (as exists today).
A gate fee was collected as players and spectators passed through a large turnstile. The carpark was gravel and the dust from exuberant drivers frequently covered the courts. The courts were sloped and you tossed a coin for direction of play. It’s hard going uphill in the second half. The tuckshop was conducted from a caravan.
Again, this was only a summer competition. Many players from throughout the Perth metropolitan area played here as at that time it was only one of several large competitions.
Netball used the courts during the winter months. Kalamunda and Districts Netball Association (KDNA) was incorporated on September 6th, 1984.
RAY OWEN SPORTS CENTRE OPENED (1985)
In 1985, after several years of intense negotiation, the Ray Owen Sports Centre was constructed over the first four courts. These courts were still coved to allow water runoff and the concrete light pylon blocks were still visible in the bitumen.
The original self-supporting loan on the building of $114,000 was shared equally between KDBA and KDNA. The building was also funded by the Shire of Kalamunda and The Department of Youth, Sport & Recreation.
The Ray Owen Management Committee was formed to manage the affairs of the Stadium and was one of the first Local Government Management Committees to ever exist. It still manages the building today.
REAFFILIATION AND IMPROVEMENTS (1991 – 2008)
In 1991, KDBA reaffiliated with Basketball Western Australia (BWA) after a number of years outside the mainstream system.
As the competition grew, there were plans formed to replace the bitumen courts with sprung boards. In another jointly funded project, the first two courts were replaced in 1993 ($139,550) and the second two in 1997 ($146,000). The Associations funded their contributions from existing funds and did not borrow for these improvements.