Eagles netballers are set to soar on new courts

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull, with Maffra Football Netball Club secretary Paul Bourke, netball operations manager Tracey Shelton, chairman of selectors Maddie Sly, and players Jasmyn Henning, Abbie Ross and Maddie Davis on the netball courts that will soon be upgraded.

NEW netball courts, lighting and refurbished change rooms will be provided at Maffra Football-Netball Club, thanks to $435,000 from Wellington Shire Council, the club and the state government.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the upgrade was badly needed, and congratulated the shire and club for their contributions that helped leverage the state funding.

Maffra FNC secretary Paul Bourke said the upgrade would modernise what were becoming outdated facilities.

“We are part of a major league and when you see the facilities of some of the other clubs, we were falling behind, so this will bring us right up to standard — and it is exciting for the club and the netball players,” he said.

Mr Bull said conditions clearly demonstrated the work needed to be done.

“Being here today, there is one corner of the main court under water and the surface has become slippery in wet conditions with two players recently seriously injured, after slipping and falling.

“Maffra FNC has such a proud history and it was pleasing to hear from the women that they have plenty of numbers and are going well this season.

“Participation in sport is a great thing and good facilities only enhance this,” he said.

Wellington Shire mayor Garry Stephens, said council looked forward to working with the state government and the football netball club to see the project to fruition.