Revamped South Fremantle basketball courts prove a big hit with players

Toby Lyhne (Centre) with Andrew Sullivan and Courtney Beavis at the new Basketball Courts in South Fremantle. Photo: Matt Jelonek
Toby Lyhne (Centre) with Andrew Sullivan and Courtney Beavis at the new Basketball Courts in South Fremantle. Photo: Matt Jelonek

THE decision to revamp the South Fremantle basketball courts has proven to be a slam dunk with residents.

The new South Beach Sports Court opened to the public on Friday following a successful campaign by Freo Ballers group member Toby Lyhne.

“It all started when we kept getting told off by school principals for playing at the primary school,” he said.

“We worked with (former councillor) Andrew Sullivan who helped get it to council.

“The court is full sized so you can have those who want to seriously play on one end and families playing on the other side.

“Netball, volleyball and modified soccer (footsball) can all be played as well.

“We will need to do abit of planning to make sure everyone can all participate.”

Mr Lyhne said he hoped the new courts would bring a Venice Beach type of feel to the beach.

“It feels like it’s becoming the place to come down on warm nights and shoot some hoops,” he said.

“I am taken back by how it great it looks, it feels like it has been here forever.”

Former South Ward councillor Andrew Sullivan who will contest his position in the March by-election was excited to help.

“We fought for a full-sized court, we didn’t want to miss that opportunity,” he said.

“There are a range of things the court could be used for – exhibition games, night hoops or just recreational use.

“It’s rare to find a free recreational activity that a family of every generation can use.”

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