NEW COURTS: Warwick junior netballers celebrate news their Barnes St facility will be upgraded early in the 2019 season.
NEW COURTS: Warwick junior netballers celebrate news their Barnes St facility will be upgraded early in the 2019 season. Gerard Walsh

Warwick club prepares for biggest project in its history

NETBALL: The best day of netball in Warwick will return in 2020 after a $300,000 upgrade to the courts at Barnes Park.

"We get heaps of players to the Darling Downs Inter-district Carnival each year,” Warwick junior Holly Naughten said.

"Last season we were using three courts for junior fixtures and games will be played on all five courts when the new work is finished,” she said.

Up until 2018, Warwick hosted 500 players at the annual inter-district carnival.

Due to the conditions of two of the five plexipave courts, Warwick did not host a carnival last year and will also miss out this year as the association only secured the funding last month.

The Warwick Netball Association has received a $150,000 Queensland Government, Queensland Sport and Recreation Get Playing, Places and Spaces 2018 Grant to reconstruct the four original courts at Barnes Park.

Secretary Linda Bunch said the association would also provide $150,000 for the project from its own funds and a loan.

"This is the biggest project in the history of netball in Warwick,” she said.

The first four plexipave courts in Warwick were laid over bitumen, which was put down 30 years ago.

Bunch said the work would include the construction of concrete bases for each of the new plexipave courts.

Naughten, Bridget Hardy and Heidi Burton are three of the older juniors who will benefit from the work.

All three have fond memories of netball at Barnes Park.

"I still have a trophy from winning a shooting competition when I was little,” Burton said.

"I have always been a shooter in netball, mainly at goal attack, and have made many friends at netball at Barnes Park.”

Hardy said once the new courts were finished, it would be a great chance to attract new members.

"There are cracks in the old courts,” she said. "I have played for six seasons starting at the age of seven.”

Ian Carrie, from Iconic Construction Group, will undertake the work and Bunch expects the courts to be ready for play sometime in March.

"We need 10 courts to host inter-district and will have five plexipave courts, three grass courts and two temporary grass courts for the 2020 carnival.”

The successful application for funding from the State Government was completed by Warwick Netball Association officials Angela O'Mara and Bunch.



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