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THE Leongatha Football Netball Club has
waited a long time for courts of its own, but it
could be a reality before the end of this season.
Work on the $300,000 project will begin this
week. It’s expected to take 16 weeks to complete.
Leongatha-based builders Considine & John-
ston were awarded the contract and South
Gippsland Quarries are ready to get started
on the excavation work on land behind the old
It’s a perfect location. Spectators will be able
keep an eye on both the footy and the netball
from the one elevated spot.
“We had a look at a few spots but we wanted
to be as close to the clubrooms as possible,”
netball president Jeanne Dekker said.
Two courts plus lighting and a 15x6m shelter
are part of the works. Funding has come equal-
ly from the club, the South Gippsland Shire
Council and the State Government’s Country
Football Netball program.
Jeanne said the new facilities could pave the
way for the Parrots to host a Gippsland League
final for the first time in years.
Because it plays its home games indoors at
SG Splash, the club is not eligible to host finals
when all other courts are outdoors.
“We’ve dreamed of an outdoor court for the past
20 years,” Jeanne said, recalling the days when
the Parrots used to play on the Leongatha and
District Netball Association courts 500 metres
away, prior to the construction of SG Splash.
She paid tribute to her predecessor Renae
Littlejohn for driving the project in its initial
stages, and garnering the support from other
users of the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.
A detailed feasibility study and support from
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Penni Ellicott
meant the crucial State Government funding
came through last year.
THERE’S been a lot of work been done off-
season with coaches working closely together
to organise the pre-season training calendar,
the senior and junior grading sessions and two
practice matches - against Mirboo North on
February 27 and hosting a game against MDU
on March 15.
Player numbers are excellent for the Parrots
with solid numbers for the junior grades of Un-
der 13s, 15s and 17s, and an Under 13s ‘Bud-
gies’ team in the LDNA competition.
For the seniors, there will be an opportunity for
juniors to also step up into this space to push
themselves into an environment that will help im-
prove their general and technical skills of netball.
There will be a strong focus on advancing the
players’ understanding on body positioning,
passing and catching, pass variation, footwork,
shooting, attacking and defensive skills.
Senior and junior players will train together
each week and opportunities to play with the
senior squad on game day will be dependent on
one’s attitude, matchups and ability.
Parrots senior netballers will be led by A
Grade coach Alisha Hemming in partnership
with B Grade coach Jaclyn Smith and C Grade
coach Melinda McLennan.
Under 17s co-coaches are Lauren Redpath
and Nikya Wright; Under 15 coach is Paris Rog-
ers and Under 13s coach is Georgia Riseley.
Players to look out for include Stacey Giliam,
Beth Scott, Keely Price and Simone Dekker.
Parrots netballers aim to play netball with
respect, commitment and harmony and look
forward to hosting the opening season game
against Wonthaggi on Good Friday, March 30.
Netballers striving for excellence
At the site of the new Leongatha Football Netball Club’s netball courts, from left, South
Gippsland Shire Council design engineer Justin Taylor, club netball secretary Brooke Brown,
president Jeanne Dekker and project manager Gary Bullen from Considine & Johnston. N121318
New Parrot courts could
be ready this season
ALTHOUGH the weather wasn’t
ideal, the Family Day at the Mirboo
North Football Netball Club on
Saturday was a resounding suc-
cess - both in and off the field.
Aside from competitive matches
against Gormandale in all levels
of netball and football, there were
volunteers cooking barbecues, en-
tertaining the children and selling
merchandise, memberships and
The netballers were given some
expert advice from Collingwood
Magpies Netball assistant coach
Rob Wright who was a special
guest on the day.
The day was a success for the
club as a whole.
Seniors ruckman Joe Brooks outpaces his Gormandale opposition in Saturday’s practice match.
Clementine Stoeterbecker enjoyed the kids activities
on the day.
Netball president Katrina Palmer talks to Collingwood Magpies Netball assistant coach
Rob Wright (left) and Mirboo North Football Netball Club president Steven Rogers.
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