Net­ball’s next goal

Group set to move venues

Gatton Star - - SPORT - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

NET­BALL: Lock­yer Val­ley Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is set to light up Cahill Park.

With the help of re­cent grants, the as­so­ci­a­tion will fund the in­stal­la­tion of lights sur­round­ing the net­ball courts at the Gat­ton sport­ing fa­cil­ity.

The in­stal­la­tion of lights is just one of the projects funded by the $132,442 Queens­land Govern­ment grant, which will up­date the Cahill Park precinct.

Lock­yer Val­ley Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Lisa Harm said in­stalling lights cre­ated an op­por­tu­nity to grow net­ball in the re­gion.

At present only ju­nior games are played at the fa­cil­ity, but Harm said the new lights cre­ated the op­por­tu­nity for se­nior night games at Cahill Park.

Play­ing se­nior games at Cahill Park would re­unite the ju­nior and se­nior com­pe­ti­tions, which have been sep­a­rated for the past 17 years.

The se­nior com­pe­ti­tion has been played at the Lock­yer Val­ley Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre since 2002, and in that time the num­ber of teams has quadru­pled.

Harm said the com­pe­ti­tion had hit its peak with a record num­ber of so­cial teams reg­is­tered with the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2019.

“We phys­i­cally couldn’t fit more so­cial teams,” Harm said.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion now hosts a to­tal of 24 teams across the mixed and women’s com­pe­ti­tions, which are played on Wed­nes­day nights.

“It’s good to see the com­pe­ti­tion grow,” Harm said. But she added the only way the as­so­ci­a­tion could ex­pand the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion was to move to a new venue.

If all goes to plan the se­nior com­pe­ti­tion could move to Cahill Park in 2020.

PHOTO: MEG BOLTON

DE­VEL­OP­ING NET­BALL: Pres­i­dent of the Lock­yer Val­ley Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Lisa Harm is happy to see net­ball grow in the re­gion.

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