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A Whirlwind World Cup of Netball Features Grand Slam’s Netball Posts

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This year’s World Cup of Netball drew to a close in Sydney this Sunday 16th August. The Australian Diamonds once again proved their dominance, besting long time rival the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the finals and holding on to the championship for the 3rd consecutive year.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment, being the leading manufacturer of high-end netball posts, supplied the netball goals for the prestigious quadrennial championship tournament. The only thing that remained constant during the whirlwind competition was Grand Slam Sport Equipment’s durability and commitment to quality, whose netball posts withstood even the most intense of games.

The Netball World Cup is another proud addition to Grand Slam Sports Equipment’s notable list of high-profile events they’ve supplied equipment for, including events such as the Sydney Olympics, the South Pacific Games in Fiji, as well as the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. With 30 years of experience in the sports industry Grand Slam imposes strict product testing and quality control on each piece of equipment in their assembly to meet the highest of standards.

About Grand Slam’s Netball Posts

Grand Slam’s industrial strength netball posts are engineered to provide the utmost reliability and to comply with gaming standards and regulations. They offer top-of-the-line class A indoor and outdoor netball posts for both professional and personal use.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment takes pride in focusing on the details to ensure all of their sports equipment is fit per the official industry specifications.

About Grand Slam Sports Equipment

Grand Slam is the leading supplier and manufacturer of professional-grade sports equipment in Australia as well as overseas. Each piece of their equipment incorporates industrial galvanized steel, engineered for optimal strength, durability, and reliability in order to meet even the most demanding international standards. All of Grand Slam’s outdoor equipment have been tried and tested to withstand the most extreme weather conditions, with maximum grade durability to endure the strain of rough handling for years on end with minimum maintenance.

Grand Slam’s team is composed of highly efficient professional engineers, architects, and builders, who strive to ensure and provide superior service, installation, and satisfaction to the customer.

For more information, please call 1800 773 461, email or Request an Online Quote for netball posts.

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Grand Slam and Polytan partner to deliver five new synthetic grass tennis courts for Northern Suburbs Tennis Association

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Five new synthetic grass tennis courts have recently been completed at the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association – Naremburn. This has improved the overall appearance of the centre and is assisting in attracting new members to the tennis club.

A major issue with the original courts was that tree roots were interfering with the court surface, making match play almost impossible.

Sports surfacing contractor – Polytan, removed the existing surface and tree roots and installed a deep tree root barrier to prevent future damage to the tennis court. The kiln dried sand infill was sourced from Williamstown and layered with the synthetic grass surface.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment supplied 5 new external winding tennis posts, tennis nets and sleeves to replace the old ones. These were manufactured in Brisbane using galvanised steel and powder-coated for extra protection.

Sue Delmege from the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association says; “We are extremely satisfied with the finished job of the resurfacing of the courts at our Wheatleigh Street, Naremburn centre. The projection of roots from neighbouring trees has been a big problem with the courts and we are very confident that the removal of the roots and insertion of root guards as done will prove to be a satisfactory long term solution. The players are extremely happy with the way the courts are playing, even though extremely new, and particularly happy that the root problem no longer interferes with the bounce. All courts appear to be drying much quicker and the appearance of the surface, new nets and new net posts have given the whole centre a fresh and appealing atmosphere which will surely attract new clients to the centre. We are also very appreciative of the clean and tidy manner in which the centre was left on completion of the job.”

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For further information about sports equipment for clubs, schools, councils and homes, please contact Grand Slam on 1800 773 461.

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Grand Slam Legends presented for 2015

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Grand Slam was again a major sponsor at this year’s Sunshine Coast Sports Star of the Year Awards.

The event is held annually by the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation and celebrates the achievements of sports people on the Coast during the previous year. The night is held in high regard on the Sunshine Coast and is usually attended by high profile government and sporting representatives from the area.

The Grand Slam Legends Award was introduced last year and celebrates individuals who have devoted a significant amount to Sunshine Coast sport over a long period of time.

The Grand Slam Legends awards for 2015 were presented to:


[two_third_last]Glynnis Nunn Cearns

OAM, Member of Sport Hall of Fame , Olympic Gold medallist in Heptathlon  1984 in LA Gold Com Games 1982 Brisbane bronze in 100m Hurdles 1984 Edinburgh. Taught at Immanuel College as HPE teacher on SC. Now National Coaching Director for Athletics Australia.


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[two_third_last]Ray Boyd

Gold Medal Pole Vault 1982 Com Games in Brisbane. He competed in 2 Olympics and 3 Commonwealth Games. Father and coach of Alana Boyd 2 time Gold medalist in Pole Vault and Matt and Jacinta Boyd who are both highly credentialed athletes. He is based at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has been a long time resident of the area, helping many up and coming athletes around the Coast and Australia.[/two_third_last]


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[two_third_last]Mal Meninga

Australian and Queensland Rugby League Legend – Captained Australia and Coach for 8 State of Origin winning series with QLD. Inducted into the Australian Sports Hall of Fame.He was named in the team of the Century. Canberra Raiders Captain and premiership winner and has a Grand Stand at Canberra Stadium named after him.  Won the Daily M Captain of the year 3 years in succession.  A legend of League on the Sunshine Coast having graduated from Maroochydore High School.


[two_third_last]Phil Jarratt

Surfing writer for over 30 years and convener of the Noosa Festival of Surfing for the last 17 years which was named the 2014 SC Sports Federation Event of the Year. An author of many surfing books and avid surfer still and a true local identity and Icon of the Sunshine Coast.


Congratulations to all the recipients, as well as the Senior Sports Star of the Year Ryan Tyack World Archery Champion and Junior, Jett Lawrence Wold Junior Motocross Champion.

The Sports Star of the Year is a fantastic way to celebrate the talent and diversity of sport on the Sunshine Coast. A great night was had by all!


How to get an Australian Open quality tennis court

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The 2015 Australian Open has been defined by both the creation and rewriting of history. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova gave us a contest worth talking abouserenat. Even if the outcome was a familiar one – a 16th consecutive victory for Williams, 6-3 7-6 – this was a final of high tension and high thrills.

With his victory over Murray, it is worth considering Djokovic’s place within history. A sparkling record of five titles at Melbourne Park from five finals moves him into second place behind six-time winner Roy Emerson on the all-time list of Australian Open winners. It’s his eighth major championship, drawing him level with legends Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry.

Do you love watching the pros dominate the tennis court? Have you always wanted to build a tennis court, but have been unsure of the equipment needed?djokovic

With such a large range on the market, it can often be confusing when you first start investigating tennis equipment.

What type of tennis net should I get?

First of all – what type of competition will it be used for?

If you just want to have a hit of the tennis ball at home with your friends every now and again – you probably won’t need anything super heavy duty. A standard net with single mesh netting and medium sized head-bands (the vinyl along the top) should do the job – so we would probably recommend something like our championship tennis net (TN3).

Need a net that will get pummeled with tennis balls more regularly? You will definitely need something a lot stronger to withstand the extra stress. It would be best to get a double-layered vinyl headband to withstand extra wear and tear (particularly if you are from a school, tennis club or council).

Don’t forget, you have the choice to upgrade to a double mesh net. This means there is an extra layer of mesh along the first 5 rows of the net. Because this area is hit by the ball most often – it helps extend the life of the net.


Get an Online Quote – Double mesh championship net (TN3SJPP)

Whats sort of winder should I get?

If you are wanting an Australian Open standard tennis post winder system, we would recommend an internal winder. What’s the difference between an internal and external winder? The easiest way to see the difference is to check out the following images…


 Get an Online Quote – Stainless Steel Tennis Post with Internal Winder (TNPCSAT-SS)


Get an Online Quote – Budget Tennis Post with External Winder (TNPB)

So as you can see – these are basically two different ways to attaching and tension the tennis net.

An external winding system means the cable and winder remains outside the post. Whereas, an internal winder means the tennis net cable is fed into the top of the post and the winder operates from inside.

Most people prefer the internal winding system as it looks a lot neater and professional. However, if you are on a tighter budget – the external winding system works just as well. The handle can also be removed and stored elsewhere as a security measure.

Install a tennis court and increase the value of your home!

Besides offering exceptional fitness opportunities, installing a tennis court significantly increases the value of your home or property. Court builder and Grand Slam customer David Jones (Sports Construction Group) recently completed a tennis court for a luxurious home in Tabragalba.

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The Plexipave tennis court uses Grand Slam Court Star Tennis Posts with brass fittings, and outdoor galvanised umpire stand.

Read more about this tennis court construction project.

Why choose Grand Slam for your tennis equipment?

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is Australia’s original tennis post manufacturer with a proven track record and over 25 years’ experience.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is engineered for strength and reliability. The outdoor equipment is designed for even the most extreme conditions, and can be supplied for wind areas rating from W33 to W50. The indoor equipment is also designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards. Wherever possible, they manufacture their products from long-lasting, highly durable galvanized steel, which is (where stated) powder-coated in high grade polyester to give years of maintenance-free use. These products can also be powder-coated or painted if desired to suit your needs.

Grand Slam has supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including:

  • Sydney Olympics
  • Melbourne Commonwealth Games
  • South Pacific Games (Fiji)
  • Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ)
  • Suncorp Stadium rugby goals
  • Sydney Roosters rugby goals
  • Natalie Cook’s Olympic beach volleyball equipment

Grand Slam’s equipment can be installed by qualified personnel, but they recommend that their experienced fitters either oversee or install their equipment to ensure that the correct operation and safety standards are met. Their installation service is available across Australia and overseas.

Want to know more about tennis equipment?

Check out our full range of tennis equipment or read our Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment.

The team at Grand Slam are always happy to answer you questions and can be contacted on 1800 773 461 or


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Grand Slam now a member of Sports Contractors Association

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Grand Slam is proud to announce that we have recently become a member of the Sports Contractors Association.

The Sports Contractors Association Limited is a not-for-profit industry association representing the most experienced, technically advanced sports surface builders and sporting equipment suppliers in Australia and New Zealand.

The Sports Contractors Association binds its members to a Code of Ethics in order to uphold strict professional, technical standards and the reputation of the SCA by fulfilling all contractual obligations and offering a reasonable warranty on materials, equipment and services. This ensures all members provide expert advice and budget estimates for your sports projects.

Constructing a new sports project is a substantial investment and to ensure a quality, lasting result and years of playing pleasure, it is imperative to employ an experienced contractor. Customers can be assured of the experience, professionalism and expertise of Sports Contractors Association members, and, for contractors, being part of the Sports Contractors Association is a mark of quality in the industry.

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Randwick Council athletics field to be transformed into community park and sporting facility

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Quick Summary:

Randwick City council is in the process of transforming Chifley’s former Women’s Athletics field into a new community park and multi-purpose sporting facility. Chifley Sports Reserve initially began as a household waste facility before it was cleaned up to become an Athletics field in 1955. But now the 7.7 hectare reserve will be revamped into a key recreational space for local residents and will become a sporting hub for a number of different sporting communities in the area. The new facilities include: cycling pathways, two baseball fields, a multi-purpose sporting ground capable of supporting several sporting codes, and a 100% recycled storm water irrigation system. Future developments that are set to be constructed in 2014-15 include a skate park, outdoor gym equipment, and an all-abilities playground.

Article Extract:

Randwick City Council is undertaking a range of works to transform a former Women’s Athletic’s Field on the Sydney suburb of Chifley into a new sporting facility and community park… The reserve is one of the largest sporting reserves in Randwick City and an important recreational space for the residents living in Randwick City’s southern suburbs. The Council’s upgrade program will restore the park to a quality condition and provide a new facility for children and adults to play a range of sports. Work also includes providing a range of regional recreational facilities for local residents and greater Sydney.

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Battle for Funding as Stadium’s fight For Government Money

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Quick Summary:

Stadiums across Sydney are fighting for portions of the NSW Government’s $600 million infrastructure fund to upgrade and develop their facilities. This fund is part of a $1.2 billion Sport and Cultural fund and already has multiple claims to consider including enlarging Allianz Stadium, redeveloping ANZ stadium, and the need for a first-class rectangular stadium in Western Sydney. ANZ has recently released their plans for its redevelopment, which included a desire for $250 million worth of the Government’s infrastructure fund. However, the NRL has indicated their support for the money to help improve Allianz stadium and for improvements to be added to Pirtek Stadium in Western Sydney. NRL Chief Executive Dave Smith applauded the Government’s intention to help fund stadium redevelopments and claims that it is an important step in the process of delivering a world-class rectangular stadium in Sydney.
Article Extract:
Competing plans to upgrade and develop stadia across Sydney look set to rapidly swallow up the NSW Government’s allocation of $600 million for sporting facilities. Part of a $1.2 billion Sport and Cultural Fund to finance the development of arts and sports facilities that will be paid for by the sale of currently State-owned electricity networks across NSW, the $600 million for sport facilities already faces competing claims from projects including enlarging the Allianz Stadium at Moore Park, the ANZ Stadium’s redevelopment and a new rectangular stadium in Western Sydney.
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Tribute to Phil Hughes

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Like most cricket lovers, we were deeply saddened to hear about about Phillip Hughes tragically passing away on the 27th of November, 2014. We wanted to express our respect for this incredibly talented sportsman by posting a video tribute. This video from Cricket Australia shows some of Phillip Hughes greatest moments as a cricketer.
Hughes was born November 30, 1988 in Macksville, NSW and by the age of twenty, was selected to play for his country in the baggy green. His first test was against South Africa in 2009 and he had big shoes to fill. Replacing the retiring Matthew Hayden, Hughes more than held his own by making 350 runs in his first four innings. His second test would be one of his most memorable tests when he scored 115 and 160 respectively, making him the youngest player to get centuries in both innings of international cricket.
Phil Hughes played a total of 26 tests Australia, with 3 centuries and 7 half centuries to his name. He will always be remembered by the wider cricket community and shall remain forever 63* not out.
Watch the Tribute Video here:
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Football NSW forum discusses facilities expansion

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Quick Summary:
Western Sydney’s Valentine Sports Park hosted Football NSW’s first Facilities Forum last week. There were over 100 delegates that attended, which included representatives from both metropolitan and regional associations, as well as local council and State Government members.
Members and council representatives discussed a wide variety of facility topics, which include synthetic fields, grants, community engagement and safety issues. Football NSW Chief Executive Eddie Moore recognised that improved facilities ensures the growth of the game, community development and the improvement of football excellence. 
Article Extract:

A recent Football NSW Facilities Strategy was put together to set out a long term vision and plan to grow, develop and promote facilities to support football at all levels.

Through the strategy, FNSW will look to provide support to enable local challenges to be resolved locally through a consistent approach as associations and clubs need support to meet their local facility challenges to ensure the sport have appropriate places to play.

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Adelaide Oval wins award for excellence in structural design

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Quick Summary:
The Adelaide Oval redevelopment has won the Institution of Structural Engineers award for excellence in structural design. 
The win has shown that Adelaide Oval is a world leader in stadium design and was commended for the response to the unique challenges faced throughout the project. Previous winners of this award includes the London Olympic Stadium and the London Velodrome. 
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan has congratulated everyone involved with this redevelopment and claims that it has generated about $138 million of revenue in Adelaide’s CBD and had created 465 jobs.

Article Extract:
Adelaide Oval won the award for excellence over other globally-recognised public infrastructure developments such as the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in the UAE, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart. The international judging panel commended the engineering designers’ response to the unique challenges of the project, and the integration of new and existing elements.

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