Victoria’s First Vertical School, with Nellakir Sports Floors

The Victorian State Government has commissioned the construction of the state’s first ‘Vertical’ school in Ferrars St, South Melbourne. Construction is now well and truly underway; Enrolments are now being accepted and the project will be completed for the beginning of the 2018 school year.

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The school will be 5 storeys high and cater to 525 students. As part of what will be known as the Montague Precinct of the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Project, the project has been designed by Hayball architects with Tract Consultants preparing the landscape architectural elements of the school and its environs.

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Extra land adjacent to the project has been purchased by the State Government to create a vibrant open space with outdoor netball courts.

Nellakir are providing a multipurpose, sprung timber sports floor for the school with a full size indoor court suitable for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Gymnastics and for school assemblies. As with many new primary schools, facilities will be available to local sporting competitions on weekends and evenings. The idea is to fully embed the school in local community and neighbourhood life.

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The acquisition of land by the Port Phillip Council adjacent to the school for public use is a significant part of future planning. Council is focussed on maintaining ‘liveability’ within the high density environment evolving in this precinct. It is doing so by encouraging physical and social activity – in a safe, attractive streetscape and a park. Again this is a further extension of the PPP (Public Private Partnership) projects being undertaken by the State Government. Currently Nellakir is providing Sprung Timber Sports Flooring for a number of schools in this project, including multi use full courts, half courts and gymnasium floors and surfaces.

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It is estimated that over 80,000 people will live in the 455 hectare Fisherman’s Bend area by 2050, and the overall project (of which this is an integral part) is often referred to as Australia’s largest Urban Renewal Project.

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In other news, Nellakir have now completed a full refurbishment program for Southern Peninsular Basketball at Rosebud with the first competition Basketball game scheduled for this Friday evening. The project included a full resanding, then recoating and repairs to this busy sports stadium’s sprung timber sports flooring. A full new logo was added to the centre of the court to complete the look, with all linemarkings refreshed and renewed. ‘Jump down’ is this weekend. Good luck to the Sharks!

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At the Knox Community Centre Rowville, Nellakir have undertaken a full revamp of the existing competition timber sports flooring. The replacement program will commence in December.

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And lastly for this report, Nellakir are commencing the replacement of the Sprung Timber Flooring of the Lowther Hall Early Learning Centre in Essendon. The flooring is an integral requirement for the school’s multipurpose and recital area.

With several other new projects to be announced in the near future, Nellakir is ensuring high quality competition sports surfaces and sprung timber surfaces for a full range of end uses right across Victoria and Tasmania.

If your club or competition, school or church requires a new floor using sprung timber, or need an effective costed maintenance program call Nellakir now on (03) 9467 6126 or drop us an email via our website.

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Continuing the series on Offensive plays in Competition Basketball – Selecting an Offence

Once players have reasonable knowledge of the fundamental combination plays of screening on the ball and away from the ball, cutting and weaving, the coach can implement a complete team offence.

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When selecting an offence you must be aware of your own philosophy. Do you want to use a rigidly structured offence? Do you want to use a less rigidly structured offence? Do you have players with exceptional ball-handling skills? Do you have players with limited shooting skills from medium to long range? These are just some of the questions which you should answer before formulating your plans. For example it would be unwise to use a weave offence with minimum structure if the players have limited ball-handling skills and inferior shooting ability.

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Beginners should be given a relatively simple offence with minimum structure, allowing for continuity of movement, balance, rebounding position and defensive safety. As players improve and defences become more sophisticated, teams will generally be able to use more complex patterns. But at the other end of the scale, like the NBA teams in the United States, offences become less structured as superior athletes take advantage of their individual skills, athleticism and great shooting ability. One of the most important factors in the pro ranks is the spacing of players on the court to avoid the prospect of the star players being double-teamed defensively.

When selecting an offence there are certain principles that must be considered for the end result to be successful. Apart from the fact players must be taught the value of control and possession of the ball, there has to be an understanding of balance, tempo, continuity, defensive safety, rebounding and patience. It should be remembered for every action there will be a reaction. If the defence overplays a particular situation the offence must be able to identify this and react accordingly. One of the most important aspects of teaching beginning players is how to read the game.

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With junior teams, begin with a simplified version of your offence and add refinements as the players progress. You should practice the motion of your offence using all five players without defenders. Options that will provide each player with scoring opportunities are repeated until all players become familiar with their roles and correct timing of the various moves. Although there may be an outstanding scorer on the team – and it’s appropriate he be exploited – every player must become a scoring threat. Neither should shots be restricted to one area of the court or the defence will quickly adjust.

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Rebounding is a vital factor in every game, but it will be difficult to get second-chance shots if the offence does not allow for it. Coaches should try to design patterns that will provide an offensive triangle around the basket when the shot is taken. This will allow two players to contest offensive rebounds and a guard should be high as the defensive safety. After a defensive rebound, one player is usually assigned the job of putting pressure on the ball to prevent, or at least delay, the outlet pass and the fast break opportunity. So when designing your offence, make sure you have a player in position as a safety and someone to contest the offensive rebound when a shot is taken.

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Tempo is the speed at which the game is played. Some teams like to play quickly with each possession, others prefer a controlled offence with deliberate moves. Many cannot operate effectively at other than their normal speed and that is why you will

often hear coaches say, “Whoever controls the tempo controls the game”. So teams should be able to adjust their tempo to slow down and be more deliberate, or to speed up. A team may trail late in a game and need to score quickly. Unless the team has practiced at speed it will surely make errors. Also if the offence’s design does not provide early scoring opportunities, even if the team moves quickly, it is unlikely it will obtain a high shooting percentage. A team used to quick tempo, on the other hand, may want to protect a lead and slow down.

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Continuity of motion is necessary for any offence to be successful. When a certain play situation does not provide a shot, the offence should be designed so the play continues fluently to the next option. The defence will have no difficulty recognising there is no continuity and the offence has to re-set every time a play is completed. This also wastes times for the offence and could lead to the shot clock expiring.

With balanced continuity, players will rarely mistake their responsibilities, they are able to move fluently from one option to the next and make it more difficult for the defence to overplay or predict the offence.

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It is a sign of good coaching when a team executes a simple offence effectively. Players should be taught to react almost instinctively without having to think about the structure of their patterns.

Follow the links below to view the previous parts in this series.

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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Playing an Offence Game in Basketball – Part 2: Offensive Systems

A team’s offence can be structured in myriad ways with different alignments, sets, emphasis and methods of execution. The offence can be as complicated or as simple as a coach wishes or the ability of the players allows.

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Over the history of basketball, several standard offensive plays such as the Flex, Shuffle and Triangle have been used with great success as a solid foundation for team offence. They are built on standard patterns and if some of these standard patterns are learned, they will provide a good basis for a team offence.

I encourage coaches to develop their own philosophies within the context of a thorough understanding of the game. I will devote more detail to what has become known as the Melbourne Tigers Shuffle but also include other well-known methods that have brought success to many teams over many years.

The following examples of standard offences have been tried and tested over the years. If you base your own offence on any of them, choosing those that particularly suit your players and your philosophy, your chances of success will be improved.

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Implementing a team offence

Implementing an offence can help your team with its structure, balance, performance and results. By offence, I mean an offensive structure or set play that is used to get players open for good shots.

There are many offences in the world of basketball, though several seem to have been in the game forever and have certainly stood the test of time. I will discuss some of the standard offensive plays. If some of these patterns are learned they will provide a good basis for a team offence. I will devote more detail to what has become known as the Melbourne Tigers Shuffle but also include other well-known methods that have brought success to many teams over many years.

Coaches should be encouraged to develop their own philosophy within the context of a thorough understanding of the game. While the following examples of standard offences have been tried and tested over the years, you can adjust them to suit your players and your philosophy so your chances of success will be improved.

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The development of an offence takes time and requires considerable patience. There are no short cuts to success. The first step is to select a style of play that will suit the team and your own philosophy. The whole picture of the offence should be clear to the coach and he should make sure the players understand it. Once this is established the offence should be broken down into its parts that can be drilled. Two-man drills and three-man drills are used to develop the elements of the offence and then advance to four-on-four and five-on-five.

The structure of some offences may be quite complicated so coaches should be cautious about trying to include too much. It is preferable to include fewer elements and execute them well rather than try to include too much and execute them poorly. It is not advisable to change the offence constantly for this may create doubt or confusion in the players’ minds, but it is also undesirable to be too rigid to allow modifications to be used. The coach should be prepared to move with the times and make adjustments as the players’ skills improve and athletic abilities increase.

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Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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Playing an ‘Offence’ game in Basketball

Here are some very good tips on Offensive strategies for Basketball teams. Playing on Sprung Timber Sports flooring creates a fast moving and very exciting game. Be ready for it . Practice the right moves as a team. For the next few weeks we will continue with more game tips as space permits.

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Implementing an offence can help your team with its structure, balance, performance and results. By offence, I mean an offensive structure or set play that is used to get players open for good shots.

There are many offences in the world of basketball, though several seem to have been in the game forever and have certainly stood the test of time.

I will discuss some of the standard offensive plays. If some of these patterns are learned they will provide a good basis for a team offence. I will devote more detail to what has become known as the Melbourne Tigers Shuffle but also include other well-known methods that have brought success to many teams over many years.

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Coaches should be encouraged to develop their own philosophy within the context of a thorough understanding of the game. While the following examples of standard offences have been tried and tested over the years, you can adjust them to suit your players and your philosophy so your chances of success will be improved.

The development of an offence takes time and requires considerable patience. There are no short cuts to success. The first step is to select a style of play that will suit the team and your own philosophy. The whole picture of the offence should be clear to the coach and he should make sure the players understand it. Once this is established the offence should be broken down into its parts that can be drilled. Two-man drills and three-man drills are used to develop the elements of the offence and then advance to four-on-four and five-on-five.

The structure of some offences may be quite complicated so coaches should be cautious about trying to include too much. It is preferable to include fewer elements and execute them well rather than try to include too much and execute them poorly. It is not advisable to change the offence constantly for this may create doubt or confusion in the players’ minds, but it is also undesirable to be too rigid to allow modifications to be used. The coach should be prepared to move with the times and make adjustments as the players’ skills improve and athletic abilities increase.

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There are a number of drills that are applicable to almost every offence. Apart from individual fundamental skills, one-on-one moves and rebounding, the give and go is the most basic of all two-on-two situations and is inevitably a part of every offensive structure. One player passes to a team-mate and checks to see how the defence reacts. If the defender turns his head and loses vision on the passer momentarily, or maintains poor stance, then he can be beaten with a change of direction and pace with a cut to the basket. A complete offence can be built on the give and go principle with good spacing of the players around the court, good passing and cutting. It will of course need to include individual one-on-one options that allow the player with the ball to drive to the basket when the defenders give too much attention to the cutters.

Perhaps the oldest method of team offence is what is now known as a motion offence, but was once known as a give and go offence. In simple terms this means that after each pass the passer should normally make a jab step away from his defender followed by a quick change of direction and hard cut to the basket. If the cutter is open for a return pass it will usually lead to a shot close to the basket. If the first cutter is not open for a return pass the receiver will pass to another team-mate and make a similar fake and cut to the basket. With this style of play it is important that if the cutter does not receive the return pass, he should continue his cut and clear away from the keyway, leaving the area vacant for the next cutter.

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When a team is using a give and go offence it is common for the defenders of players without the ball to sag toward the keyway with the intention of blocking the cutting lanes. When the offence recognises this tactic, the players should be able to create opportunities for perimeter or short-range jump shots. The success of the offence will depend on the players recognising what the defence is doing and making good decisions on passing to open cutters, to players free for perimeter shots, or making strong one-on-one drives.

To be continued…

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

Why basketball is the best sport

3aa552847fe71f00a575689fdcb653f7What does it mean to call a certain sport “the best”? In this instance, it involves discussing inherent aspects of a certain game that make it more enjoyable to any given athlete, as compared to another sport.

It’s extremely difficult to tell people why their opinion is wrong, when all claims are founded on preferences, but that’s exactly what we sports editors are setting out to do with one another. Here’s why a game that supposedly began as offseason training for football is objectively the best sport.

Basketball, which was first played in 1891 with peach baskets and no dribbling, combines the ideal amount of necessary raw physical attributes—height, strength, speed, agility, power, etc.—with the necessary skills—shooting, dribbling, passing, etc.

So many areas of the game involve utilizing strength and power, such as rebounding, scoring in the post, and protecting the paint, while others involve extreme finesse and acquired skill, such as ball handling, jump shooting, and passing. Overall, basketball has the widest range of physicality and contact level in all respects.

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Let’s look at some examples. Charles Barkley, in his prime, made his living off rebounding and scoring in the paint by using his immense strength and power. Alternately, Dirk Nowitzki’s game relies on one thing: the fadeaway jumper, which requires playing in open space—he hardly needs contact with defenders at all. Magically, both of these players play the same position. Additionally, James Harden is a guard who takes lots of shots and relies on drawing contact when getting into the lane, exhibited by his 27-point performance on 22 free throws in December. In contrast to him is Steph Curry, another high-volume shooter whose bread and butter is ball handling and pull-up threes, which require creating space. Again, here are two players who play virtually the same position with completely different uses of strength and skill.

Because of this unique combination and plethora of physical traits and skills, basketball allows for the athlete to customize, to personalize his or her unique style of play. To quote Bobby Joe Hill from Glory Road, “Having the ball in your hand[…]is like making sweet music with your game.”

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Basketball allows for more creativity than baseball or football because of the range of playing styles—there are so many areas of the game to personalize, like shooting form, ball-handling moves, defensive style, court vision, and more. In baseball, the only real space to get creative is in swinging a bat, and in football, it’s even more difficult to personalize different skills. In soccer, you can’t customize much at all, and hockey only really allows for skating and shooting in different ways.

On a related note, when players get pumped up in basketball, they can release pent-up adrenaline in a way that is most conducive to climactic conclusions that also combine strength or athleticism with skill. Think of the most impressive basketball highlights—they’re mostly alley-oops that combine passing with athleticism, individual dunks that combine ball handling with athleticism, or crossovers with some impressively difficult jump shot—all combinations of raw physical ability and skill.

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In football, players seem to climactically finish plays by either simply hitting someone hard or running really fast, which is far simpler than basketball plays. While simplicity is often beautiful in itself, basketball’s strength lies in its difficulty of combining different physical abilities. In baseball, strength and speed are necessary for many plays, but skill is still by far the dominant trait, exemplified by back-to-back American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, who relies on hand-eye coordination for his remarkably impressive hitting, which is clearly his most valuable quality. In soccer, skill and speed are almost always necessary for big plays, but beyond speed, there’s not a whole lot of strength or power necessary, unlike in basketball.

Another facet that makes the game on the hardwood the best is accessibility. Much like soccer, basketball is played on a worldwide scale, and for good reason: All one needs to play is a ball and a basket. There’s no required gear, like in baseball or football. Moreover, one can play and practice basketball by oneself for hours on end, which is not true of football. In baseball, it’s possible, but one needs many baseballs and a pitching machine. In soccer, it’s also possible, but to shoot by oneself requires lots of retrieving the ball from the net. The amount of “wasted” motion involved is far greater than when shooting around by oneself.

A slight nuance to this argument is that pickup basketball is extremely common. Pickup soccer is also common. However, because many people go to shoot around by themselves, it’s natural to convene on teams and compete against one another, whereas soccer is much less conducive to many players going to shoot around and suddenly finding enough on one field for a pickup game.

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Since basketball doesn’t require too much of a financial burden, it’s played on all levels of social class, which can help unite people from different communities.

Lastly, the nature of the basketball court’s boundaries makes it the only major sport other than hockey that allows fans to sit directly adjacent to all boundaries, creating the closest, most intimate sort of atmosphere for fans to lose themselves in the action.

All in all, basketball is an extremely complex game physically, which allows players with all sorts of abilities to flourish. This is part of what gives basketball the most diverse scale of any sport. Also, it’s plain easy for anyone to play, either alone or with anyone else, without requiring much of a financial contribution.

From a sport once played solely as offseason training, to one that owns the entire month of March and drives fans mad, basketball has found its place as objectively the best sport.

Source: chicagomaroon.com

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The new court at Casey Indoor Stadium opens for business

Recently Nellakir completed works on the new Casey Indoor Stadium flooring. The venue has really started with a great opening round. Here is the report from Basketball Victoria on the Victorian Metro vs Victorian Country game that opened proceedings on the new court with over 1000 people attending the two game series.

The grand opening to the newly developed Casey Stadium proved to be a massive hit as over 1,000 people swept through the doors to see the first ever basketball game played at the brand new facility when Metro defeated Country in the two-game series.

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Metro hoisted the trophy for the second time in the concept’s short span, backing up from its aggregate win in Shepparton in 2016. There was no need for a count back this year however, with Metro winning both women’s and men’s games; in fact, winning all eight quarters across the two contests.

The crowd were given a spectacle in the opening half of the night, watching Metro’s Lucy Dawson (29 points, 8 rebounds) and the game’s most valuable player Jackie Vanderzaag (16 points, 19 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals) wreck havoc on the Country defence. Vanderzaag’s full time teammate at Waverley Sarah Yousef chimed in with a handy 13 points, five rebounds and seven assists as well.

Country only had one player in double figures in Tanarly Hood (18 points, 7 rebounds), however did find valuable contributors to keep the team in the game for the most part: Rebecca Noller (8 points, 5 rebounds), Lyndsey Hoogenhout (8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks) and Caitlin Shadbolt (8 points, 3 rebounds).

The Casey locals saw their eyes light up at half-time of the women’s game, when local hero Raheem Lemons alongside Brandon Conley and Pat Golong produced ooo’s and ahh’s from the stands watching the three battle it out for the Rowville Community Bendigo Bank Dunk Contest.

Conley certainly made claims that his dunking resume was well respected, however Golong’s involvement with the Cavs community, dunking over three Casey junior players had the judges handing out perfect 10’s! Golong’s three dunks just edging out Conley to raise the trophy and the $500.

The opening quarter of the men’s game was simply an offensive juggernaut at both ends of the floor. The two teams put up a combined 68 points in the first quarter, setting the tone for what had an All Star flavour feel to it.

Metro chalked up triple figures before the end of the third and the game’s 250 points (135 to 115) is an Origin Series record for most points in a game.

Alex Bogart-King paced the Metro line-up with 26 points on a stellar 13-17FG from the floor, while five others finished in double figures including the game’s most valuable player Ivan Platenik (25 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals).

Country found contributors in Jack Burnett (21 points, 7 rebounds) and Nick Ross (19 points), as well as Lewis Varley (17 points, 7 rebounds) and Michael Rebula (17 points, 8 rebounds).

Bendigo’s Jessie Rennie made the trip down all worthwhile, taking out the Rowville Community Bendigo Bank 3 Point Shootout, narrowly defeating Dandenong’s Amy Baum and Knox’s Taylor Lee. In an exciting concept, Rennie made them count when it mattered most, continuing her excellent in game shooting from deep throughout the 2017 Big V season.

As the clock wound down on another successful Origin event, Blackburn’s quartet led by head coach Paul Lankford wanted to make sure the crowd was leaving with highlights from the games. Vikes duo Brendan Trewella (18 points, 6 rebounds) and Jack Roberts (8 points, 3 steals) made sure of that, throwing down multiple thunderous jams in the final quarter.

Metro now take a 2-0 series lead as the 2018 Origin event heads back to a Country venue, where the locals will attempt to peg one back!

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Metro 80 (Dawson 29, Vanderzaag 19, Yousef 13) def Country 63 (Hood 18, Noller 8, Hoogenhout 8, Shadbolt 8)

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Metro 135 (Bogart-King 26, Platenik 25, Trewella 18) def Country 115 (Burnett 21, Ross 19, Varley 17, Rebula 17)

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Nellakir – Sports Flooring for Champions

Gold Coast Netball Carnival: 8th July – 15th July, 2017.

This year there is again the opportunity for Netball teams Australia wide to compete at the Gold Coast Netball Carnival, a ‘friendly’ held each year to coincide with the school holidays. With over 562 teams having competed, including teams from New Zealand and Britain, it’s a great opportunity for those living in the Southern States caught up in the winter cold to enjoy the brilliant winter sunshine in Queensland, and compete in a great competition..

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Visit the theme parks, enjoy the sand, surf and Sun. There is competition ranging from under 8 (Senior Division) to the ‘mini Division’ for 12 years and under. The event is held at the Carrera Netball Association facility at 166 Benawa Rd, Ashmore. The courts are outdoor and have full lighting. The venue is close to accommodation such as the RACV Resort, Royal Pines at Benawa.

The event has now been held for 14 years and is a popular fixture for many interstate clubs taking advantage of the week long Netball Carnival, focussed on Sportsmanship and the spirit of the game. To date over 8,000 players have benefitted from attending the carnival and enjoying the competition.

Meanwhile, Nellakir are now into the major construction phase on a number of new projects.

The Bendigo Stadium project with three brand new all purpose sprung timber sports flooring courts to be constructed sees materials delivered in early July and construction underway by the end of July.

The three Public Private Partnership projects being undertaken with Watpac Construction at Armstrong Creek, North Geelong and Torquay North will receive delivery of materials in the next few weeks with construction on all sites commencing soon afterwards. The Frankston Special Developmental School project is well underway on the 1/2 court basketball sports flooring and looks to be completed in about 10 days.

And last but not least, its time to consider your cyclical maintenance on your valuable sports flooring surfaces. The midyear break for schools and Sporting Competitions provides an excellent window for all maintenance activity – Sports Floor Annual Maintenance, Floor Sanding, Line Marking, maintenance of Stadium Seating and Resurfacing of existing floors in Stadiums, Gymnasiums and Assembly Halls.

For all requirements on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring – Call Nellakir on 03 9467 6126 for expert service and delivery.