17 June 2022

Turvey Park continues fundraising efforts for new netball courts

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Andrea Barkla, Katie Woods and Cathy Haggar (pictured) along with the Turvey Park Bulldogs have
been hard at work fundraising their way to a new netball court at Maher Oval. Photo: Supplied.

The Turvey Park Football and Netball Club has been shooting some goals with recent fundraising efforts.

Known fondly as the Bulldogs, the Riverina Football and Netball League club set a lofty target of $100,000 to build a new state-of-the-art netball court at their Maher Oval complex later this year.

Already, the club has raised around $50,000 via a grant and their non-stop fundraising efforts.

“It’s been really good and we have had a lot of support,” Turvey Park committee member Andrea Barkla said.

“We got a grant off Michael McCormack, which was for $18,000 and we have been fund-raising the rest.

“We have been doing barbecues at Bunnings, we are currently doing a Krispy Kreme fundraiser and we have had some generous donations from people in the club and the community.

“Plus, we had Ladies Day on Saturday and with all of that, we are about halfway there. But we are also continuing to apply for grants and we do hope to have the whole amount raised.

“There is a bit of back-up too as the junior and senior clubs are open and willing to contribute, but we want to raise as much money as possible.”

girls playing netball

The Bulldogs are looking forward to new all-weather courts. Photo: Facebook.

Work on the new courts will commence in September and Barkla explained that the club was keeping “ahead of the curve” amid growing demand for steel and increased prices.

“It’s all very exciting and Riverina Sporting Services will be doing the project for us. They are the guys that did the Holbrook courts and they do a lot of courts around here,” she said.

“We have locked them in and work will start in September, and we hope to have it completed by December.”

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It is a huge project for the Turvey Park Bulldogs, who are building the new court on Rules Club land.

“It’s all very exciting,” Barkla said.

“We are now going to be in a position of having a brand-new court and it should last us a long time.

“It will be great to have the right surface and it means the girls aren’t at risk of injury and that we are up to the Australian standard.”

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The installation of the new court is timely, with AFL Riverina set to kick off their new Premier Division competition in 2023. A new playing court will give competition organisers more reason to consider Turvey Park’s application to play in the region’s premier competition.

“There are a lot of requirements to play in the main competition next year and having a good court will definitely help us,” Barkla said.

Turvey Park will continue to fundraise and readers can visit the Turvey Park Football and Netball Club Facebook page to stay up to date with their efforts.

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