New Season Excitement for Arana Netball

Arana 9, 10 year old team, on the first day of fixtures.

With the start of the new year, preparations for the 2019 netball season are in place. As in previous recent years, registration (through MyNetball) and payment are on-line. Head to the club’s web site at www.arananetballclub.com.au to register.  For those with any queries, you can email arananetballclub@gmail.com or phone the President, Jenna, on 0404 132 007.

Club sign-on day will be on Sunday, 3rd February, from 4pm to 6pm. This will be at the club’s training courts in Leslie Patrick Park, behind the Community Hall, and with easiest access and parking off Olearia Street West. Players whose registration and payment have been successfully completed online do not have to come to this sign-on afternoon, but those who need to purchase any uniform items, have queries about playing for Arana Netball, or have not yet completed online registration need to come down.

Arana Netball Club is a long-established (over forty years) family-oriented club.  Fees are kept as low as possible and a concession in fees is applied to second and subsequent dependent members in the same family.  

While the normal ages for playing club netball are from 8 years (born 2011) to opens (over 19 years,) this year players born in the first six months of 2012 and in grade 2 this year, are now able to register and play.  Any players under 20 years who have not previously played for Arana Netball also need to provide proof of date of birth. Another change to Downey Park’s grading structure this year is the introduction of competition for players over 35 years, aimed at mothers and others who are either coming back to playing after a big break, or those who are no longer competitive enough for regular grades.

The Queensland Government makes available Get Started vouchers for $150.00 to be used towards fees for children in eligible clubs.  Arana Netball Club is registered for this, so any families who may be eligible need to check out guidelines and have a QGrants account set up before the next round opens for applications this month.  Those registered previously need only to log in again. See www.qld.gov.au/recreation/sports/funding/getinthegame/getstarted/apply. Available grants usually run out fairly quickly so should be applied for as soon as possible after opening. 

Once registrations and sign-on day are past, selections dates will be conveyed to all intending players and after these trials teams will be named and training will begin.  This year Downey Park’s fixtures do not commence until Saturday 27th April, with Grand Final day scheduled for 7th September.

Arana Netball Club meetings, open for all interested to attend, are on the third Monday of each month, commencing at 7.30pm, at the Community Centre, Dawson Parade, Arana Hills, in Leslie Patrick Park.  Parents and senior players who attend meetings can help Committee members with decision-making to help shape the future of the club.  The next meeting is Monday 21st January.

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