Coast netball now in North Harbour’s hands

Arms up! It’s business as usual at Hibiscus Coast Netball, despite the club now coming under the wing of Netball North Harbour.

This term sees Hibiscus Coast Netball Club, in Edith Hopper Park, Manly, officially become a satellite of Netball North Harbour (NNH).

Westlake Girls’ School and Glenfield College are NNH’s other satellites.

According to NNH chief executive Lynette Brady, nothing much will change for the children who play at Hibiscus Coast, their caregivers and coaches.

Any zone days and tournaments run at the courts can continue.

What has changed is that a paid convenor is on board to deliver competitions, supported by local volunteers, including parents.

All administration is now handled by NNH.

The club has been struggling for sometime to attract volunteers to its committee but until now, members wanted to continue trying to make it work on their own.

Lynette says last December was the second or third time that the option of becoming a satellite had been put to the membership, and this time they voted ‘yes’.

Lynette says as NNH continues working through the process, it expects to find out more about the needs of the Coast community.

“Over time there will be changes,” Lynette says. “In spring/summer we hope to get a senior social comp happening – and anything else that the community wants.”

A proposal that has been on the table for several years, to combine courts with nearby Whangaparāoa Tennis Club, is still being discussed between the clubs.

Lynette says the priority is to get the surface of the netball courts re-done, and improve the lighting for nighttime games.

A total of 55 netball teams are entered this season, and courses for coaches and umpires are also being run.

With last year’s entire season a casualty of Covid, the return to the courts is much anticipated by local teams.

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