Grafton Netball Association president Cathy Walls stands on one of the dilapidated netball courts.
Grafton Netball Association president Cathy Walls stands on one of the dilapidated netball courts.

Upgrade for Grafton netball courts

INJURIES in netball are part and parcel of the sport.

A sudden change in direction or a frantic leap for the ball places enormous pressure on the joints. Combine this with a playing surface not up to standard and you have a recipe for disaster.

For the Grafton Netball Association there is good news on the horizon.

Four of the seven courts will be getting a much needed make-over according to Grafton Netball president Cathy Walls.

“We have seven hard courts in total but unfortunately four are damaged. All the rain last year caused problems, water got under the surface and mould has made the surface slippery,” says Walls.

“Water keeps pooling around some of the courts, it appears to be a levelling problem.”

Participation in netball in Australia has exploded in the past few years and Grafton is no exception.

“We have about 600 registered players,” says Walls.

“We hold the biggest tournament on the north coast, basically because Grafton is central to most centres.

“Players come from as far north as Brunswick Heads, as far south as Port Macquarie and west to Armidale.”

Walls says the upgrade of the four damaged courts will be a huge benefit to netball in Grafton and make playing conditions safer in the future.

“We have been planning the upgrade for the past five years and are looking forward to the commencement of work,” she said.

Repairing the courts will not be cheap but it is something the association can’t put off any longer. The players’ safety and improving the club come first.

“We have received a quote from a Sydney-based company for $38,000. It’s made from a Trueflex rebound surface which will be player-friendly and have less impact on the players,” she said.

“Apparently the surface is also environmentally friendly as well.”

Walls is hoping the upgrade will finish before May.



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