Up­grade makes PNA host with most

Western Suburbs Weekly - - From The Archives - By DENISE S CAHILL

PERTH Netball As­so­ci­a­tion (PNA) will host the As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onships for the third con­sec­u­tive year this long week­end, eight years af­ter up­grad­ing its out­door courts and club­house.

On May 19 2009, the Western Sub­urbs Weekly re­ported that PNA had won the right to host the Cham­pi­onships at Matthews Netball Cen­tre for three years, soon af­ter the re­fur­bish­ment was fin­ished.

PNA con­trib­uted $348,000 to the project and re­ceived $90,000 each from the Town of Cam­bridge and State Gov­ern­ment.

The Cham­pi­onships then moved to the Wan­neroo Dis­tricts Netball As­so­ci­a­tion at Kingsway and re­turned to Matthews in 2015.

PNA ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Troy Starce­vich said Matthews was the pre­ferred venue be­cause Netball WA and the State Netball Cen­tre were based there.

“The qual­ity of the fa­cil­ity has im­proved and the gen­eral lay­out of the courts is more user friendly,” Mr Starce­vich said.

“We’ve main­tained the grass courts, it’s fairly unique to have those.”

Mr Starce­vich said PNA used the in­door courts in the $26 mil­lion State Netball Cen­tre, which opened in 2015, for the Satur­day win­ter com­pe­ti­tion.

The As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onships from June 3-5 will com­prise 267 teams from around WA, nine more teams than last year.

Vol­un­teers from PNA’S clubs will be able to raise funds at the event by pre­par­ing food and keep­ing the venue clean.

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