The Forbes Netball Association will be able to upgrade one of their Stephan Field netball courts thanks to a $25,000 State Government grant. Member for Orange Andrew Gee visited Forbes last Friday to officially award the grant to Forbes Netball Association’s Robyn Kenny and Jane O’Malley. The grant comes from the NSW Government’s 2015/16 Local Sport Grant program. “It’s extremely important quality sporting and recreational facilities are available and complemented with well-run programs if we are to encourage people to lead a more healthy and active lifestyle,” Mr Gee said. Mr Gee believes the funding announced today will ensure that opportunities are provided for as many people as possible and allow them to gain the benefits that come from living an active, healthy lifestyle. The Forbes and District Tennis Club and the Forbes Dragon Boat Club were also the beneficiaries of state funding. The tennis club received $1,932 for the purchase and installation of new bench seating, while the dragon boat club was granted $4,000 to purchase a Champion 22 crew dragon boat and boat trolley.
Forbes Netball Association State League division two coach Robyn Kenny said her players put in an outstanding performance in this year’s State League, finishing fourth overall. The finals were staged in Orange last Sunday, with Forbes facing Bathurst and Orange.
They went down in a very tight match for the second time against Bathurst, after losing to them in round one of the competition, and played for third place against Orange. Unfortunately for the yellow and blue side, they again went down in a tight tussle, and settled for fourth place overall. But having come so close to reaching the grand final, and having recorded some good wins in their State League campaign, Kenny said there were a lot of positives for the FNA to take from this year’s State League.
“We had some very unlucky games, and when luck isn’t on your side, there isn’t a great deal you can do about it,” she said. “There were minor things we weren’t getting right, such as turnovers, and they were the difference in winning and losing games.”
Forbes lead most of their matches against Bathurst and Orange, but turnovers in the last stages of each match lead both sides back into the contest, which they would ultimately win. Bathurst went on to finish the competition undefeated and win the title, but Kenny said when you compare how long her team has played together with how long the Bathurst players have been together for, her team’s results were very impressive.
“I couldn’t be happier with how the players played, considering that Bathurst have been together for quite a few years now, and we haven’t been able to train as much as we’d like to either,” she said. “The games we lost were still very close. We just lacked the structure to finish them off and maintain our leads to get back in front.” “We’ve had a great time over the last few weeks for State League, and the players have shown great sportsmanship.”
The players will now focus on the FNA’s local Saturday competition, and will start preparing for the Forbes Carnival on May 1, before deciding whether or not to enter into any other regional carnivals.
The Forbes Netball Association have enjoyed a great week, securing a timeframe for their courts upgrades as well as making the finals of the Orange State League event.
Resurfacing of four courts at the FNA’s base at Stephan Field will begin on Monday April 4, after Forbes Shire Council resolved to asphalt overlay and line marking remedial works at its February meeting. The works will be done during the April school holidays, when no netball will take place, and will be completed in time for the Forbes Netball Carnival on May 1.
The four courts to be re-sealed have been unplayable in recent times, according to FNA representative coach Robyn Kenny, and she said the upgrades will vastly improved conditions for netball.
“We had a very positive meeting with Council on March 15 and I’m happy to say that our courts will be re-sealed in the April school holidays,” she said.
“We were originally going to look at getting all of our courts re-sealed, but five of the courts still have a good coating on top so we thought we would leave them and just upgrade the other four.”
“As well as resealing those courts, all of our courts will also be widened, so we will have more space as well.” “It’ll be great having our new courts ready to go for our competition after the holidays, as well as our carnival at the start of May.”
Last year Forbes Shire Council also funded an upgrade to the Association’s administration building at Stephan Field, while the new amenities block there was completed last week.
Meanwhile, the FNA division two open team finished fourth in the Orange State League competition, qualifying for an elimination final meeting with Bathurst on 3 April.
After defeating Cobar and Cowra, and losing to Bathurst by only five goals in round one a fortnight ago, they lost both matches by comfortable margins to Orange and Dubbo in round two last week. Kenny said she was still impressed with her girls’ effort, but conceded the Orange and Dubbo teams were too strong for them on the day.
“The girls tried very hard with limited training throughout the week, so I am happy with the effort they put in,” she said. “Orange and Dubbo were just too fast, fit and strong for us I think.”
Their finals opponent Bathurst are undefeated, and finished first in the competition. Dubbo and Orange finished second and third respectively.
Kenny said her players were confident of pushing Bathurst right to the finish line after leading them at three quarter time in their last encounter.
“We’ll be trying our best out there. We had too many turnovers last week but if we can play how we did in the first week and hold on to the ball we’ll play much better,” she said.
The Forbes Netball Association State League open division two side has an eye on the finals after two wins last Sunday in Orange.
Coach Robyn Kenny said she was very happy with the effort her girls put in to come away with wins over Cowra and Cobar, and a close loss to the unbeaten Bathurst. They will enter that second and final round of the State League back in Orange this Sunday before qualifying for the finals.
They finished round one in third position on the ladder. To make the finals they will need to finish within the top four at the end of Sunday, and have powerhouses Orange and Dubbo in their first two matches of the day.
But Kenny said their form of last weekend should see them make the finals. “Everyone was happy with the effort. I think we can beat both Dubbo and Orange. Bathurst will be the biggest challenge for us if we make the finals,” she said.
The Forbes Netball Association have moved into their new Stephan Field office and say it is ready for use this coming netball season. The office, built by Forbes Shire Council for over $30,000, was completed just before Christmas last year, but the Association has already moved all of its possessions in.
It is being used for administration purposes to keep all files and records, but is also in use as a storage facility for netball equipment. The old office was attached to the old amenities facility, which is currently being rebuilt under a separate Council project. Association president Ainslie Toole said the new facility was a great benefit to Forbes Netball.
“It’s a little bit bigger [than the old office], it’s obviously in better condition, and it should be more secure as well,” she said. “The position of it is quite convenient right next to the canteen, so it’s a lot better positioned for us, to be able to walk straight through the canteen into the office.” “We really do appreciate the new facilities and they’ve been built really well so we’re really pleased about it.”
Work began on the new amenities block at Stephan Field last week, and while this will be a 24 hour public facility, Toole said that like the new office, it would be an advantageous addition to netball in Forbes. She added that the Association was looking at upgrading its canteen facility in the future as well. Competition at the netball courts is due to start in the coming months, with the Forbes Netball Association Carnival being held May 1.
On Friday 16 October, a group of Forbes and Parkes women made their way to Charlestown in Newcastle to compete in the 2015 Netball NSW Masters competition. For some of the ladies, this was not their first time competing at this event, but for others it was their first time.
The Over 35s Social Division proved very popular this year with 17 teams entered and divided into two pools. Other divisions contested over the two days of competition were Over 45s Competitive, Over 45s Social, Over 40s Competitive, Over 40s Social and Over 35s Competitive.
The team combined well even though many of the players had not played together before, winning 8, drawing 1 and losing 1 over the two days.
Unfortunately their loss came on the last game of the competition, pushing them into third position overall. All the teams were competitive which made for a very enjoyable weekend. Best and Fairest was awarded to Karina White
and Monica Murray being named Players Player of the tournament and Lara Dwyer took out the Coach’s Award for the weekend.
Forbes netball girls returned exhausted last Monday evening from a hectic three-day visit to Windsor for the Netball NSW State Age Championships. “We’re all very proud of them,” said Robyn Kenny, publicity officer and coach convenor for the Forbes Netball Association, which this year entered four teams in Division Four age competitions — Under 12s, 13s, 14s and 15s. “I reckon it was our best overall performance yet at the championships, with the Under 13s especially rising to the occasion and improving their position from 14th last year to third.”
The Under 14s held onto their third place from last year, and emerged undefeated on the first and third days. The Under 12s finished sixth, and the Under 15s, who had never played together in this sort of competition finished ninth — all very creditable results in round-robin competitions that all had 18 or 19 teams. Now, said Robyn, the Under 13 and 14 girls would just have to wait and see if their results were good enough to be elevated to Division Three next year.