Hard courts prove pop­u­lar

Cen­tral Bur­nett Chal­lenge en­joys new play­ing fa­cil­ity

Central and North Burnett Times - - JUNIOR SPORT -

NET­BALL: The Cen­tral Bur­nett Net­ball Chal­lenge was hosted in Gayn­dah at the week­end and the newly made hard courts proved pop­u­lar with play­ers and coaches for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons.

Gayn­dah un­der-10s coach Chris Dun­can said it had been a long time com­ing to fi­nally get hard courts built af­ter a grant was ap­proved by the coun­cil last year.

“I’d say it was al­most 20 years af­ter we had made our first ap­pli­ca­tion,” Dun­can said.

“We would love to see four courts here next but for now these two new courts have been great and the play­ers love it.”

Gayn­dah player Lilly Tui­turi echoed Dun­can’s sen­ti­ments and said the courts were an im­prove­ment in ev­ery way.

“It does make a lot of things eas­ier to do,” Lilly said.

Lilly has been play­ing net­ball since she was five years old.

Now 14, she had never had a chance to play on reg­u­lar hard courts out­side of the school ground.

“I re­ally like that we have them to play on now,” she said.

“I just think they are very help­ful, it re­ally is eas­ier in all as­pects of the game and makes it eas­ier to do the things you are try­ing to do.”

Dun­can also spoke about some of the ad­van­tages to fi­nally hav­ing hard courts for the play­ers.

“The grass courts are much slower for one,” Dun­can said.

“And when the play­ers would go off to other car­ni­vals they would be play­ing on hard courts so this has made that an eas­ier tran­si­tion for them.

“And our younger play­ers, 10 and un­der, never had a chance to play much be­cause they weren’t catered for in other ar­eas so hav­ing the courts here has al­lowed them to keep in­volved.”

The Cen­tral Bur­nett Net­ball Chal­lenge has been run­ning for al­most 20 years and was cre­ated in re­sponse to that com­pe­ti­tion short­age.

“We de­cided one day, ‘why not try and get us, Mun­dub­bera and Monto to­gether to have our own car­ni­val?’ and that was way back when my girls were still play­ing,” Dun­can said.

“I’d say al­most 18 years or so since we sub­mit­ted the first ap­pli­ca­tion.

“And this way the young ones play more too and they re­ally do love it.”

Dun­can also said it wasn’t too late to get in­volved in this sea­son if any young­sters were ea­ger to have a go at net­ball.

“Peo­ple tend to think once the sea­son starts they can’t join in but we are open for join­ing all through the sea­son,” Dun­can said.

The Gayn­dah Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for funds through the Get in the Game Grant through the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation.

They are also re­ceiv­ing sup­port from the coun­cil.

ON THE BALL: Monto and Gayn­dah fac­ing off at Gayn­dah. PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

Al­lie Colvin play­ing for Gayn­dah at the week­end.

Ella Dar­ling­ton shoot­ing for goal.

Gayn­dah shooter Lilly Tui­turi tak­ing a shot on goal.

Monto player Brit­tany Stones play­ing Wing at­tack.

Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera com­pet­ing at the week­end.

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