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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.”

For further information about sports court installation and surfacing upgrades, please visit

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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Why it is Important to Keep Exercising As We Get Older

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Why it is Important to Keep Exercising As We Get Older

Quick Summary:

It is now becoming apparent just how important remaining active is for our health as we start to get older. SA Health Chief Exercise Physiologist Bob Barnard highlighted this fact at the recent Australian Association of Gerontology Conference in Adelaide, stating that elderly people lose a certain amount of functionality when forced into even short-term bed rest. For people in their late 70’s and early 80’s who were bed-ridden for two weeks, it was found that they lost at least 50% of their functionality in just this short amount of time. Studies have shown that it can be even worse for those who were not very active prior to their illnesses. However, there are programs that have been gathering impressive results over the last decade that are helping people remain active and independent in their later years. These programs provide people with alternate forms of exercise that are suitable to their abilities. Barnard also highlighted the need for awareness regarding the lack of exercise that is present in the modern lifestyle of society today and warned a change is needed for our generations wellbeing.
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People must exercise regularly as they age or face the prospect of a potential rapid decline in their health, a national conference on ageing has heard. Speaking at the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference in Adelaide this Week, SA Health CHief Exercise Physiologist Bob Barnard highlighted how elderly people could see their functioning plummet if an illness forced them to get bed rest for even a couple of weeks. Explaining that exercise was the key to good health for older Australians, Barnard stated “it’s essential, it’s really not the time to slow down, it’s a time to think about looking for new options.”
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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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Plans to Increase Communities Access to School Facilities

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The Member for Cook, David Kempton, has revealed that it will now be easier for QLD schools to hire out their facilities to the general public. Under a newly refurbished initiative, schools will be able to work closely with local communties and promote the use of their school facilities. Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek and Mr. Kempton revealed that this initiative has made it easier for school principals to hire out their facilities and has greatly simplified the hiring process. This ease of access will significantly benefit students, schools, and locals and will create a sense of community between all parties involved. The extra revenue created by this scheme will also directly benefit the schools themselves, boosting their budgets for other programs and also creating an opportunity for them to showcase their school’s facilities to their local community. 

Article Extract:

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek and Mr. Kempton said students, schools and locals would benefit from greater flexibility to form partnerships that benefited the whole community. We want our schools to be vibrant hubs- where children learn, teachers teach and communities gather. Many of our schools are equipped with sporting fields, courts, multipurpose halls and even auditoriums that can be of great use to these groups and organisations in the local community.This is the first time an overarching policy has been established to support principals, cut red tape and streamline the process of hiring out facilities. 

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ABC Budget Cuts Affect Women’s Sport Coverage

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Quick Summary:

With coverage of women’s sport already next to nothing, ABC budget cuts have led to them being decreased even more. Some of the key sporting coverage that the ABC are set to discontinue are women’s soccer and basketball leagues, along with Shute Shield Rugby Union and other State football leagues. The Board Director of Australian Womensport and Recreation Association Danielle Warby states that by completely cutting women’s sport from their coverage, the ABC is completely disregarding a large component of their audience. With the Matildas, Australia’s national women’s soccer team, being in the top ten internationally, Warby believes that women’s soccer has earned its place on TV and is appalled the coverage is being cancelled. Former Minister for Sport Kate Lundy is also devastated because of the ongoing ramifications this decision will create. Without TV coverage, sponsorship will decline and sports women will have to pay their own way. Also, with the decline of TV coverage of female role models, the social effect on young women may be detrimental to women’s sports with an all-male dominated sphere being created when it comes to sport. 

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Australians are already underfed with coverage of women’s sport and with the government’s recent decisions to cut the ABC budget, it’s only going to get worse… Board Director of Australian Womensport and Recreation Association, Danielle Warby, believes that completely cutting the coverage shows a disregard for one of the ABC’s major audiences. Football is the only game the whole world plays. The Matildas are in the top 10 and have an infinitely greater chance of winning the World Cup than the Soceroo’s… When there’s an interstate match, I’m watching live while chatting online with the very engaged and vocal fans on Twitter. 

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