Sky’s the limit

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke and Jeff Mickam are all smiles as Barellan Netball coach Jodie Landy aims high after the announcement of $115,000 in funding for netball court upgrades. Photo: Kim Woods.

Netballers from around the region will have resurfaced courts to play on at Barellan in 2020 thanks to a grant of $115,000.

Work is due to get underway in February/March on two of the three courts, and adding to the new amenities block completed during the year to result in one of the best sporting facilities in the league.

Barellan United Netball Club coach Jodie Landy said two additional netball courts were installed in 2012 to bring to the total to three. But, two of the three courts had deteriorated and now required urgent resurfacing.

Ms Landy said the ClubGrants funding would enable the two courts and a shelter shed to be updated.

“These courts are used twice a week for senior and junior training, as well as rep netball, the Masters Games in February and fortnightly games with the Farrer League,” she said. “Combined with the new amenities building, hopefully down the track Barellan will be a great option for finals.

“Netball is quite strong here with a lot of juniors coming through – our Under 15s made the grand finals in the South West Junior Netball League two years in a row.

“Hopefully this will open avenues for them to hold more district matches.”

Ms Landy said the Barellan Masters Games had donated $5000 towards the court resurfacing.

“Our end goal is to have a new shelter and a spectator shelter with the entire project worth around $180,000.”

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said Barellan had been successful with their funding bids for their sportsground, upgrades, including lighting made possible by a $30,300 grant from the Community Building Partnership in 2017, $185,000 for amenities and change rooms from the ClubGrants Category 3, and $269,000 from the Stronger Communities Fund Round 1, also for change rooms.

“With these fantastic facilities, I expect we will be seeing some super young players coming out of Barellan in the near future,” Ms Cooke said.

Barellan Two Blues president Jeff Mickan said the sportsground represent-ed a fantastic asset for the small town.

A special resolution at the Two Blues annual general meeting on December 15 will consider the merger of the Barellan United Netball Club with the Barellan United Football Netball Club.

“This will give us cohesion, allow for working together to achieve common goals, less politics and to move in the one direction,” Mr Mickan said. “It always looked from the outside like we worked together but officially many things were separate and we had different goals.”

Ms Landy said combining volunteer resources would be a great benefit.

“That’s always a big issue with a small community,” she said.

Two Blues have announced two new recruits from Griffith Swans for the 2020 season – Sam Foley and Reece Matheson.

“They will add to our playing list generally and a lot to our midfield,” Mr Mickan said. “They will fit in nicely and complement the players we already have.”

Mr Mickan said the Two Blues were keen to shed their bottom spooners result for 2019.

“We aim to recruit young local players who can keep to weekly training, rather than imports who only turn up on weekends.”11

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