A talented young netballer killed in a crash at McLaren Vale is being remembered as an “amazing young lady” who was “always seen with a smile on her face”.

Key points:

  • Ivy-Rose Hughes was killed when two cars collided south of Adelaide
  • The 19-year-old is being remembered as an “incredible” young netballer
  • One of her former clubs said she was an “amazing young lady”

Ivy-Rose Hughes, 19, was one of eight occupants of two cars that collided head-on at an intersection south of Adelaide just after 10:00pm on Wednesday night.

Seven people were hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries but Ms Hughes died at the scene.

Tributes have flowed for the teenager on Facebook, including from her netball club the Matrics, who confirmed Ms Hughes was the victim of the crash.

The club said she would be “forever a star”.

“We are absolutely devastated to hear the news of Ivy-Rose Hughes’s passing,” the club said in a post.

Ms Hughes represented South Australia.(Facebook: Matrics Netball Club)

“She was a bright spark and was much loved throughout our club.

“Ivy is a star of our Premier League squad and has represented South Australia on numerous occasions and her impact on the netball community will not be forgotten.”

The Salisbury Bulls sporting club said it was “deeply saddened” by the “sudden passing of an amazing young lady who played for our Bulls netball sides”.

“Ivy was an amazing talent and beautiful soul,” the club said.

The South Australian Sports Institute said it was “devastated by the loss” of Ms Hughes, who was part of the institute’s netball program after being identified at national championships level.


Indoor Sports SA described her as an “extremely talented” young athlete and a “young superstar”.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Ivy’s family [and] friends in this extremely difficult time.”

Another of her former teams, the Tango Netball Club, said Ms Hughes had “built strong and lasting friendships with many of our players”.

“Ivy was taken too soon in a motor vehicle accident last night at McLaren Vale,” the club posted on Thursday night.

“She holds a special place in the hearts of many of our coaches and players that had the privilege of being part of her netball family.”

Ms Hughes’s death was the 15th on South Australia’s roads this year.

The crash happened at the intersection of Main and Malpas roads, about 40 kilometres south of Adelaide.

SA Police Major Crash investigators attended the scene and police have asked anyone who witnessed the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

The intersection where the crash occurred.(ABC News: Brant Cumming)

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