Unlikely alliance helped keep the season alive
NETBALL: It was the season that might not have been for the Warwick Netball club when the renovation of their courts took longer than expected.
With help from Scots PGC College, the club continued their season without hassle.
Club secretary Linda Bunch said the generosity of the school had not gone unnoticed at the club.
“Initially, we had an agreement with Scots to use their facilities for about four or five weeks, and they gladly welcomed us to continue using the space when we weren’t able to go back to our grounds,” Bunch said.
“Realistically it was the difference between us being able to run our junior fixture as normal, and possibly having the games spread all over town and the competition broken up.”
The renovations on the grounds were long overdue, Bunch said.
“Our courts were in desperate need of renovation to the point where the grounds were deteriorating and were unusable,” she said.
“We’re hoping that the renovations to our courts will be complete by the end of this month, and we’re really looking forward to getting back to those grounds.”
With more than 160 players using the grounds each year, the reopening will be welcomed by all.
“Once our grounds are complete, we’ll have Australian-standard outdoor courts which will be great for the kids,” Bunch said.
“We now have seven courts at Barnes Park.
“Six have lighting which will be used for teams to train at night.”
The relationship between Scots PGC and the Warwick Netball Club grew throughout the year.
“We wanted to show our lasting appreciation to them for their generosity,” Bunch said.
“Presenting them with the plaque that will be at the school for a while was nicer than flowers.
“It was great because Scots not only welcomed us to use the facilities, they also sponsored our use of the grounds which meant that we didn’t have to pay for the use.”
Bunch said plans were being made for season 2020.
“We will start our pre-season training in mid-March, with our normal fixture to start at the start of term 2 – due to all of the public holidays and the Easter break,” she said.