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Find out the latest news from the fantastic sports clubs we have in our local area

2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy Winner


Anna Bardini was the worthy recipient of Arana Netball Club’s 2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy, announced at presentation night in early September.
This award, as the name suggests, is for good sportsmanship and a positive approach to playing sport. The award is covered by a donation from the Hills Echo each year, and so is able to include a sports shop voucher along with the trophy, to assist the recipient a little as she continues in her chosen sport of netball.  Continue reading 2017 Positive Or It’s Pointless Trophy Winner

Are you getting your 30 minutes of exercise each day?

Why not come and play rebound beach volleyball as socially or competitively as you like? Games comprise 3 x 15-minute sets – so why not get 45 minutes of exercise whilst having fun? If you can’t get a team together we can help you find a team to join. New players and teams are welcome to join at any time during the competition season. Competitions are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights with teams of 4 to 6 players in Mixed, Ladies’ and Men’s divisions. Continue reading Are you getting your 30 minutes of exercise each day?

Arana Netball Club News

August was a busy month for Arana Netball Club, with finals early in the month. Five of Arana’s ten competitive grade teams progressed to finals – Arana 1, Opens Div.2; Arana 3, Opens Div.7; Arana 4, Intermediate 4; Arana 5, Intermediate 6; and Arana 7, 13Yrs Div.4. All had done well to progress this far. Losing their semi-finals, and being eliminated from further finals, were Arana 1, Arana 3, and Arana 7. Arana 4 had a second chance to progress to the Grand Final by playing in the Preliminary Final, but unfortunately lost on the day. Continue reading Arana Netball Club News

Ferny Hills Swimming Club Gears Up for the Season!

Matthew and Isla Garnham diving in to Summer!
Photo Courtesy of Tobias Garnham

Swimmers from 4 to 40 years old will dive in to a new swimming season at Ferny Hills Swimming Club’s annual sign on day on Saturday 2nd September.

“Ferny is a small and friendly swimming club. We welcome all swimmers, whether they want to put their swimming lessons into practice or take their racing to the next level at competitive meets” said Club President, Dean Bolton. Continue reading Ferny Hills Swimming Club Gears Up for the Season!

Samford Bowls Club – “Come and Try “ Day

Samford Bowls Club, situated on Mt Samson Road, has synthetic, covered greens and has the name for being “the friendly Club”.

On October 8th, our “Come and Try “ Day is open to anyone who might like to try the game of Bowls. (see advertisement).
Our players are enjoying a mixed season in Pennant (Club) competitions. Our men – in Divisions 2 and 5, have had mixed fortunes, and lie somewhere in the middle of the table. Our ladies have just come out on top of Division 3 on Saturdays, and hope to bring home a flag for the first time for a few years. Continue reading Samford Bowls Club – “Come and Try “ Day

Samford Rangers on the World Stage

Samford Rangers U12 players Brayden Ellis, Nico Maritz, Lucius Conroy, Isaac Bennett, William Armstrong, Finn McGonigle and Bailey Nugent were part of the squad who travelled to Japan for the tournament.

Samford Rangers U12’s fly the flag for Australia.
Last month, seven boys from Samford Rangers Football Club travelled to Japan as part of a combined squad with a handful of Go Zamurai Soccer Academy players, as the first ever competitors from Australia to participate in the Copa Puma Toreros Primavera Soccer Tournament, 2017.
Copa Puma Toreros Primavera is one of the biggest international junior soccer tournaments in the world and has been held in Japan since 2010. This year, our club received an invitation to participate in this tournament alongside elite academies from International Professional Football Clubs such as Atletico Madrid (Spain), Hertha Berlin (Germany) and Palmeiras (Brazil). Continue reading Samford Rangers on the World Stage

Preparation for a multi-million dollar baseball facility underway in Moreton Bay Region

Moreton Bay Regional Council Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance with Pine Hills Baseball Club’s (Back L-R) Dave Everett, Matt Glasson Simon Tame, (Front L-R) Samuel and Holly Moellers, Harrison Tame, Eliza Weaver and Blake Holland.
Works on a new baseball field at James Drysdale Reserve are underway, thanks to a $3.3million commitment from the Moreton Bay Regional Council, in its 2017/18 budget released last month.

The new field, to be located behind the current main diamond left field fence, has been on the drawing board for a number of years, and will now become a reality. Continue reading Preparation for a multi-million dollar baseball facility underway in Moreton Bay Region

Thirty Years Young

Ferny Grove Bowls Club has celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Joined by member for Ferny Grove, Mark Furner, the members enjoyed a breakfast with music then a fun social bowls morning.
Ferny Grove remains one of Brisbane’s leading bowls club and is regularly at the forefront of inter club competitions. The Club’s success was highlighted in 2015 when they clean sweeped all mens and ladies pennant competitions.
Ferny Grove enjoys competitive bowls

but strongly encourages participation in social and barefoot bowls on two of the best bowls greens in Brisbane.

Arana Netball Club – June News

Now just past the half-way point of fixtures for the season, Arana Netball teams are performing well, with five teams sitting in the top half of their points table – Arana 1,Opens Div. 2; Arana 3, Opens Div. 7; Arana 4, Intermediate 4; Arana 5, Intermediate 6; and Arana 8, 13Yrs Div.4.  However, with a number of games to go, these tables can change as teams continue to improve. Continue reading Arana Netball Club – June News

Senior Sportsperson of the Year

Pine Hills Hockey Club finished strongly in all levels in 2016 with more than half of our teams finishing as Finalists.
Div 4 Women and Masters Men played Preliminary finals, Monday Masters made the Grand Final, DP3 Women played Preliminary Finals and finished Minor Premiers, JG2 and U11 Girls played semi-finals, and the U11 Boys became Premiers. Massive. Continue reading Senior Sportsperson of the Year

Official Opening of Samford Rangers FC Club House!

Samford Rangers FC and Moreton Bay Regional Council are pleased to announce that the official opening of the new clubhouse at Samford Parklands will be on Saturday the 18th March 2017, commencing at 10.00am. This will coincide with the start of the season for all Miniroos (Under 6 – 11) and Junior Teams (Under 12 – 16). Continue reading Official Opening of Samford Rangers FC Club House!

Time To Golf at Keperra Golf Club

For a limited time, the Keperra Country Golf Club is offering 3 month Trial Memberships for just $450. The membership includes a range of extras, perfect for those considering taking up golf on a more regular basis.

This opportunity is ideal for people who have little to no experience in the game but are keen to explore it further before committing to a more comprehensive membership. Trial members will receive full playing rights, including the ability to compete in competitions as well as playing unlimited social golf.

Additional extras include;

  • Voucher for motorised cart hire
  • Official AGU Handicap
  • Insurance and affiliation fees

The Keperra Country Golf Club is a 27 hole Championship golfing facility, open to membership and social golfers of varying skill levels. With a first class junior program and multiple PGA Professionals available for private and group tuition, the Club is ideal for golfers looking to improve their game or just get started. For more details or to discuss what Membership options are right for you, please contact the Club on 3355 7744 (3).

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Pine Hills Netball Club’s Family Fun Day!

To celebrate the official opening of their new courts, Pine Hills Netball Club will be hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday 4th March! The fun day will be held at, Pine Hills Netball Club
James Drysdale Reserve, Jinker Track. Bunya.

Guests include Tim Mander, Matt Constance, Brian Battersby, Grace Grace and more.

Join them for an afternoon/evening of fun including:

  • Net Set Go girls will do some training drills
  • Fun games for 11’s, 13’s, cadets and inters
  • Fast 5 Netball demo/game

Forget cooking too, there will be a sausage sizzle, burgers and soft drinks for sale (*Gluten free bead & Gluten free sausages).

For catering purposes, please email the Pine Hills Secretary, Rhonda ( Please let her know if you can attend, how many are in your family and whether you will be ordering a BBQ

BYO chair/blanket, running shoes (for those  playing), insect repellant!

Phoenix soar as new netball courts open in Ferny Grove

The Phoenix Netball Club officially opened a brand new $425,000 netball complex in Ferny Grove on Sunday, February 26, providing a much needed female sporting facility for the surrounding community.

Construction of the courts started in October last year following two years of hard work by the club in sourcing support through government grants, community groups, local businesses and club fundraising.

Club President and co-founder of the Phoenix Netball Club, Julia Wadham said the opening of the courts is an amazing achievement for the club and a result of the tremendous hard work and dedication of our members. ‘Our club motto ‘rising to the challenge’ rings true with this accomplishment’, she said. The netball complex, comprising of three netball courts is located at Ferny Grove Sports Reserve on Tramway St and complements the existing football and cricket grounds, providing a facility for female sport.

The club was born in 2011 when a group of people met at Jill Williams‘ home and each contributed $50 to get the club started. Six years later they have been awarded the Best Junior Club at Downey Park plus now have three brand new netball courts. Not a bad achievement for a small group of workers.

The new courts will be home base for the Phoenix Netball Club for training and development, as well as available for hire by the local community. The Club also plans to run a Phoenix 5 competition, with modified netball rules for people of all ages who are interested in playing netball for a bit of fun and fitness. More information about the Phoenix Netball Club is available at or find us on Facebook.

SIGN ON for Winter Sports

Mark Your Diary – Don’t Miss a Sign On Date!

It’s that time of year again when Sign On’s are in full swing for Winter Sports. We are lucky to have a huge variety of winter sports within The Hills Districts and Surrounds. We have collated some Sign On dates for 2017 with some of our local sports clubs listed below.

Scroll through some of the sports available, mark your diary and don’t miss a sign on date! Alternatively, pick up the January issue of The Hills Echo and check out our fabulous ‘Winter Sports Sign On’ Feature.

Aussie Football Rules




Rugby League

Rugby Union



  • Daph Bale Tennis Coaching – Commences 30th Jan, Various times & Days available – Ferny Hills State School, Ferny Way

Touch Football

  • Arana Touch Football – Wed 18 th January, 4 – 6pm Sat &  21st January, 9 – 11 am – Hanran Street, Keperra


Council leases new clubhouse for Pine Hills Football Club

The Pine Hills Football Club (PHFC) is set to receive a new clubhouse within James Drysdale Reserve, after Moreton Bay Regional Council agreed in yesterday’s Council Coordination Committee Meeting to enter into a five-year community lease with the club for the former site of the Bunya Sports Club.

Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance said he was pleased to announce PHFC had been successful in obtaining a community lease for the facility, following news earlier this year that the Aspley Leagues Club would cease the operation of the Bunya Sports Club.

“A community lease with PHFC at this facility will deliver a great community outcome for both the club and local residents,” Cr Constance said.

“I know how important this facility is to the local community, which is why council worked as quickly as possible to undertake an expression of interest (EOI) process and find a new, suitable tenant.

“Through the EOI process, PHFC put forward a number of innovative options for how they could potentially manage the facility.”

PHFC President Mike Price said he was delighted by the news.

“PHFC are a proud member of the Hills District community and understand the importance and value of this facility to local residents,” Mr Price said.

“We are committed to maintaining access to the former Bunya Sports Club for the many community groups that have used it previously for their regular meetings and welcome the opportunity to hear from others that are looking for a meeting place.

“In the future, we hope that local residents and community groups will also consider the facility for various functions such as end of season awards nights and other events.”

PHFC’s Technical Director Will Allen said he was excited by the prospects for the club to expand its academy and training programs.

“Council’s endorsement of the lease opens up many opportunities for our club with a number of improvements and changes to our training programs in 2017,” Mr Allen said.

“We have a great working relationship with council – our fields and facilities are the envy of many and that is thanks to the dedication and professionalism of Moreton Bay Regional Council staff.”

Cr Constance said in order to assist the club with their expansion, council officers would support PHFC with the development of a new business plan, which will be reviewed annually.

“Council looks forward to working with PHFC to see improved utilisation of this facility and it once again playing an integral part in our community,” Cr Constance said.

“PHFC will still be able to access the facilities located adjacent to the playing fields which include change rooms and toilets which are essential for game days, and this new agreement will ensure moving in to 2017 many other local organisations will have a home as well.”

As part of council’s community leasing policy, community organisations access a range of facilities and need only pay a nominal amount of $1 per annum.


Back row L to R: Zack Fertjowski, Treasurer Gavin Richards, Technical Director Will Allan, President Mike Price and Cr Constance. Front row: Ethan, Ben and Lachlan Richards

Arana Netball In Preparation for 2017


With the end of the year approaching, Arana Netball Club has planning in place in preparation for the 2017 netball season. In keeping with the Club’s philosophy of providing the opportunity for all players to reach their full potential, while enjoying their sport, and keeping an emphasis on sportsmanship and family involvement, Arana Netball Committee has continued to revisit and revise policies as considered necessary. This should make the 2017 season bigger and better than ever for all concerned.

Sign-on has been scheduled for Sunday 29th January from 4pm to 6pm. This will be held at the Club’s new shed at the training courts, Leslie Patrick Park, Arana Hills. Uniform items will be available for trying, buying, and/or ordering. Information for team selections (over the following weeks) will be distributed at Sign-on, but will also be available on Facebook, on the Club web site, and in the January Newsletter. Eftpos facilities for payment will be available.

On-line registration may be done via the Arana Netball Club web site, and fees may be paid on-line by direct transfer to the Club’s bank account if desired. Players may start paying fees now – more details about this and on-line registration are available on the web site, or by contacting the Registrar, Nathan, directly on 0433 810 308 or by email at

Younger players (8 to 10 years next year) need to register directly on-line next year, as part of the Net Set Go programme. Again, contact the Club for more details about this new innovation.

Fees have been set for 2017, at $280 for the first player in a family, reducing to $260.00 for subsequent dependent family members up to 18 years. The small increase in fees is passing on the increased costs incurred by clubs, and again Arana Netball Club has kept fees as low as possible, still very affordable compared to comparable netball clubs.

After Sign-on, a Fun Day is planned for the following Sunday, 5th February, to welcome both new and returning families to the new season. Trials will then commence at specified dates and times over the next couple of weeks, with teams to be announced by the end of February. Downey Park fixtures commence on Saturday 25th March next year. More specific details of these arrangements will be available to players closer to the events.

With no scheduled meeting in December, Arana Netball’s next club meeting is on Monday 16th January, open for all interested in the Club to attend. The meeting, at 7.30pm, will be held in the Boardroom, upstairs at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Grovely. For any further information about any matters relating to Arana Netball, email, or phone the President, Lorraine, on 3882 2900 or 0432 216 407.



Arana Touch Football Association was commenced in the north western suburbs last summer 2015 for the children in the area. There were two seasons during the year August to November and January to March approximately 90 players participated in both seasons.

Touch grew significantly and in the Spring season this year which commenced in August 2016,  over 330 players registered and played in  under 8, under 11 and under 14 boys and girls in separate competitions. Because of the expanded  competition it was moved to Grovely Sports Fields in Hanran St with the support of Westside Soccer and Arana Leagues Club

TOUCH is now played every Wednesday afternoon at Hanran St. The next season will commence on Wednesday 25th January and run through to mid-March. Boys and Girls competitions will be conducted for under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 16 boys and girls. Players can register by going to the Aran Touch website or to the Arana Touch facebook page.

The ARANA Touch Association conducts referee courses and coaching forums for parents and coaches of all teams so the parents are also involved with their children.

Grand Final night in November the member for Everton and former NRL Referee Tim Mander came and presented trophies to the winners and runners up, along with former Bronco and local boy Jharal Yow Yeh. Arana Touch is affiliated with Touch Football Aust, Qld Touch and is part of the NRL Alliance. The association is also now a member of Arana Sports.

Sign will be held at Hanran St on Wednesday 18th January from 4.00pm to 6.00pm or Saturday 21st January from 9.00am to 11.00am

During the year Arana Touch took three teams to the Qld Junior State Cup in Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast Regional Junior Championships in Caboolture. In 2017 Arana will have 8  teams going to Hervey Bay which players will be able to trial for in the New Year.