Woolgoolga Netball Association vice-president, Vicki Lee, shows her delight after the decision by Netball NSW to allow the new
Woolgoolga Netball Association vice-president, Vicki Lee, shows her delight after the decision by Netball NSW to allow the new

Standing alone

By BRADGREENSHIELDS

IMAGINE having a top class custom built facility at your disposal and then not being allowed to use it.

That was the situation facing Woolgoolga's netballers prior to a vote last weekend in Sydney that has allowed the Northern Districts Netball Club to form the Woolgoolga District Netball Association.

Club and now Association Vice-President Vicki Lee says that the Netball NSW vote to approve the new venture has all the netballers in the Northern Districts area ecstatic.

"Everyone is happy that we're staying in Woolgoolga instead of having to play in Coffs Harbour," she explained. "People didn't want to jump in the car and travel the 25km or even more each way to play."

The history behind the decision started 15 years ago when Northern Districts became affiliated with Coffs Harbour association.

Not long after being admitted, the new club received approval to operate as a sub group at the Woolgoolga courts on a Saturday.

This arrangement was officially meant to last for only two years but continued on unabated since.

"The issue of being a sub-group came to a head and we've got 255 players on our books," Lee continued.

"The committee thought 'OK, it's time to make a move.

"We're running an extremely successful club and competition and as a committe we had to act on behalf of the majority of our members."

On top of the knowledge that most members of Northern Districts wanted to continue playing at Woolgoolga's courts, the committee also took into account that the area can expect some huge population growth over the next 25 years.

The action taken was for Lee to speak for the proposal to form a new association at last week's meeting in Bankstown with the support of President Sandra Thorpe.

Once arguments were heard from both the sides of the fence, for the new Woolgoolga venture was given an overwhelming endorsement with a 66-24 vote in favour.

"We're set to start as an Association at the start of 2006," an excited Lee said looking towards the future.

"There's going to be a lot of paperwork involved."



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