Future looking bright for Mundulla Netball Club as court upgrades imminent

NOT LONG TO GO: Mundulla Netball Club secretary Michelle Leach (left) and president Jess Wiese said the club's new courts will be completed in October.
NOT LONG TO GO: Mundulla Netball Club secretary Michelle Leach (left) and president Jess Wiese said the club's new courts will be completed in October.

Mundulla Netball Club is brimming with excitement, as the club's massive court revamp is expected to be complete by the end of October.

The upgrade has been a long time coming, with the club experiencing multiple grant rejections before receiving $63,000 from Tatiara District Council through the Drought Communities Programme.

Before receiving the drought funding, the club applied for six separate state and federal grants over a six year period, and were unsuccessful with each attempt.

One of 15 projects across the district that will split the $1 million of federal government funding, each project will need to be completed by the deadline of December 12.

President Jess Wiese said the revamp will see two of the courts resurfaced and the lights upgraded.

"They will level the courts cause there are dips - they will then put this rubber type surface all over it, as well as this special paint," Mrs Wiese said.

"Our smaller third court will have just the paint, making it usable."

The new surface is expected to have a 10-plus year lifespan, giving the club peace of mind looking into the future.

While the hard working club has proven to be incredibly successful in both football and netball, their facilities have unfortunately been a worry.

Mr Wiese said if their courts were left in their current condition, it would only be a matter of time before someone got seriously hurt

"We needed to do something - they were getting to a point where they could probably be deemed as unsafe," Mrs Wiese said.

"We've had players do their knees - these things happen in netball but the surface definitely hasn't helped that."

Secretary Michelle Leach said when the courts are wet they can become very slippery, especially the lines.

Knowing the upgrade was vital for current and future players, the club has worked incredibly hard to save money and work towards modernising their netball facilities.

The entire project is expected to cost close to $200,000, with contributions from various sources allowing the club's dream to become a reality.

Despite no organised junior or senior netball season taking place this year, the club was one of five towns to host a fortnightly KNTNA junior carnival.

Co-hosting the second carnival with Bordertown on August 8, Mrs Wiese said it was a great way for the club to allow junior players to compete, as well as raise funds to pay off the upgrade.

While no one truly knows what next year's netball season will look like, but Mundulla Netball Club are excited to hopefully unveil their new courts at some stage.

Mrs Wiese said nothing has been confirmed, but the club would like to host an unveiling event once the project is officially complete.

The club currently has over 100 playing members who range from 5-50 years old, along with a large number of non-playing members.