Blayney netball club to receive new Laykold surfaces

All smiles: Seniors players Maddison, Lauren, Molly, Evvie and Ruby with (front) Grace, Eve, Grace and Daisy on the soon to be replaced netball courts. Photo: Mark Logan.
All smiles: Seniors players Maddison, Lauren, Molly, Evvie and Ruby with (front) Grace, Eve, Grace and Daisy on the soon to be replaced netball courts. Photo: Mark Logan.

Long before the netball courts were established in behind King George Oval, the site was the Blayney tennis courts, and remnants of those courts are still evident.

A line of holes between each set of three courts shows where the fence once stopped errant balls, and curious squares have become even more pronounced over time where the tennis net poles were.

Around the goal circles the fabric coating has worn away in patches and the juniors are not allowed to use those courts where the wear and tear is significant.

That though is all about to change thanks to $200,996 from round three of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the six ageing netball courts in the complex near the Men's Shed will be resurfaced with a high quality Laykold gel mat playing surface.

"This is a state-of-the-art surface used around the world which provides a rubber-like surface that is both durable and user-friendly for competitors of all ages," he said.

"Netball is a great participation sport across regional NSW and Blayney is no exception."

For Blayney and District Netball Association president Julie Prosper the new surface will make all the difference for the club.

"Over the past three years the surface has really deteriorated and has become a safety issue for us," she said.

"It's become so bad that weeds are growing through the cracks and council has to cut them back.

"We haven't been able to hold carnivals and use all the courts at once."

It's the idea of holding netball carnivals that is really exciting the club and with the new change rooms to be built in King George Oval the possibilities are endless.

"With the change rooms and the new surfaces we'll be able to hold all-age carnivals and rep carnivals into the future," Prosper said.

Like all sports the netball club has had its winter season interrupted by COVID-19, but good news is that after the school holidays the Bathurst winter competition will commence for a seven week season.

"We have three senior teams and five junior teams that will be heading to Bathurst," she said.

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