Netball club displaced and tennis club concerned by poor surface

Maryborough Roversʼ netballers have been left without a home court after cracks appeared in the courtʼs surface.

Two local sporting clubs are banding together to seek funding after part of their facility was closed down and continues to deteriorate.

The Maryborough Tennis Centre courts have been used for tennis in summer and netball in winter for almost 10 years.

The MTC has had concerns about the condition of the hard court surface for almost three years, including one court which doubles as a netball court for Maryborough Rovers.

Maryborough Rovers netball president Nicole Summers raised concerns to the Rovers FNC committee about the condition of the surface before the start of the 2018 season.

“We as a committee had concerns that we would get there on game day and teams might refuse to play on it,” Summers said.

“The cracks aren’t risen but they are large which could cause issues Rovers would be liable for.

“I went to the league and asked them to get someone to assess the court to say whether it was safe or not. We decided that Netball Victoria needed to make that call.”

A representative from Netball Victoria visited the site in February  and informed Rovers that the surface is “failing in multiple areas” and presents “major areas of concern for participant safety”.

Maryborough Tennis Club president Heather Carr said the club may have to close down the courts if they can’t secure a funding grant to fix the surface.

“The courts were laid down in 1999 and over time the courts have been cracking. We’ve actually closed down the netball court,” Mrs Carr said.

For more on this story see the Back Page of The Advertiser, Friday, August 10.

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