Finally, court three’s refurbishment is done

At last: Marc Maddaford, Michael Sedgman, Chris Nutt and Kevin Heyndyk celebrate the refurbishment of court three at the Murray Bridge Showground. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

At last: Marc Maddaford, Michael Sedgman, Chris Nutt and Kevin Heyndyk celebrate the refurbishment of court three at the Murray Bridge Showground. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Murray Bridge’s basketball stadium finally has a main court worthy of its shining history and promising future.

Basketball association president Chris Nutt said players and supporters had all been excited to give court three's new floor a test over the past few weeks.

"We've had heaps of spectators just for the court," he said.

"There's a lot more of a positive feel around the association."

The court had not been altered since its installation in the 1980s, and fundraising towards an upgrade had been ongoing for a couple of years.

Everyone is excited. We've had heaps of spectators just for the court. There's a lot more of a positive feel around the association.

Chris Nutt

Council chief executive officer Michael Sedgman said the project stood up as an example of two levels of government and the community working together to achieve a great outcome.

Mr Nutt thanked youth, sport and recreation team leader Kevin Heyndyk, the council generally and Murraylands Star Club officer Marc Maddaford for their support.

Earlier this year, Mr Heyndyk had argued the court had become unsafe.

“The current court three floor is 30 years old and was second-hand when installed,” he said in a council report.

“It has screws sticking up and has an extremely slippery surface.

“It is rotting in places and suspected rotting under the floorboards.

“The lines do not comply with existing basketball regulations.” 

In the longer term, Mr Nutt said the association had plans for some other big improvements.

For now, he hoped the new court would help Murray Bridge attract higher level teams to visit for a match.

Court one also received a minor upgrade in 2014 thanks in part to a council grant.

The three-point line, key and jump circle were all brought in line with Olympic standards.

In their heyday, Murray Bridge Bullets played in the national second-tier competition, the Continental Basketball Association.

The club merged with Mount Lofty to form the Eastern Mavericks in 1995, but the Murray Bridge association’s representative side still competes under the Bullets name.