Netball’s next goal
Group set to move venues
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.
DEVELOPING NETBALL: President of the Lockyer Valley Netball Association Lisa Harm is happy to see netball grow in the region.