GAME-CHANGER: Pittsworth and Districts Wildcats netball club committee member Belinda Saal (left) and president Deb Farrell on the club's soon to be renovated grass courts.
GAME-CHANGER: Pittsworth and Districts Wildcats netball club committee member Belinda Saal (left) and president Deb Farrell on the club's soon to be renovated grass courts. Anton Rose

Downs sport big winner as cash flows to region

The region's sporting clubs will benefit from $1.75 million of extra funds coming courtesy of the Queensland Government's Get Playing Places and Spaces grants.

One of biggest recipients of the funding is Pittsworth and Districts Wildcats netball club which received $100,000 to upgrade two of its netball courts at Club Pittsworth from grass to hard courts.

The club has four courts in total, but is happy with the progress to improve the game in the region.

The gruelling task of filing endless pages of paperwork has paid off, according to Wildcats committee president Deb Farrell.

"This is huge,” she said.

"Pittsworth is a very wet and cold area in winter and the kids have to train on wet grass in the afternoons which is not good for health.”

With some time before the hard courts are rolled out, the club is confident the long-term growth will benefit the entire region.

Committee member Belinda Saal, who organised the club's submission to the state government, says that girls far and wide will be better off because of the upgrade.

"We get girls coming in from Millmerran and there's quite a few from Clifton and Wyreema too and we seem to draw from quite a large geographical area,” she said.

"It is very important for the local community because we have quite a few girls who also play representative netball.

"This is a massive game-changer for us.”

The talent pool at the club is there for all to see, with four out of its eight teams qualifying for state championships.

The new courts are set to give them the extra edge they have been missing.

"In netball these days people don't play on grass so we're really at a disadvantage,” Farrell said.

"This gives us a chance to build our girls' skill level to where they are competitive because training on grass is difficult in a game where speed is important.”



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