British Made Long Reach Removable Netball Ring with robust bracket and top quality 3mm twine.
- Engineered long reach. Made to regulation size (380mm)
- removable arm for easy storage.
- Supplied with all fixings and a 2 year warranty.
- The closest thing to a free-standing netball post on the market - ideal for shooting practise.
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Robust Workmanship. Made to regulation size (380mm)
Engineered long reach bracket is 450 mm. Made to regulation size (380mm)
Supplied with all fixings and a 2 year warranty.
The closest thing to a free-standing netball post on the market - ideal for shooting practise.
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The only real complaint is the way the net is fastened to the hoop. Instead of the usual loop fixings found on other netball rings, this one uses flimsy bendable little metal tags (see picture). Although they are pre-bent, you still have to bend these tags closed around the cord of the net, otherwise the net simply comes detached. But the action of bending the tags closed makes the paint flake off, so now the tags are rusting. Since rainwater drops naturally hang at the lowpoint of the bend, the same place where the paint is also gone, these will rust through eventually.
On the good side, the long reach of the arm holds the hoop well away from the wall. This is good for netball practice, since it stops it being used basketball style with shots bounced in off the wall. It also makes life indoors much quieter (with a previous short-arm hoop we were subjected to a constant pounding sound of ball against wall).
Also, the hoop slots into the bracket securely - very little risk of the hoop being knocked up and out of its bracket by a mis-aimed netball striking the hoop's underside (this happened with a previous hoop from another supplier).
Update 1 July 2015
The weld holding the long arm to the part that slots into the bracket has broken. This is just through ordinary use, and not very intensive use at that. Missed shots tend to rattle the main assembly within its bracket (which makes it annoyingly noisy in use), and the repeated rattling about has found a weakness in the weld. A proper weld would be stronger than the body material, so if the weld had been properly executed any failure would entail a fatigue failure of the metal - however here it can clearly be seen that the weld has simply peeled away from the body of the metal - poor workmanship. See uploaded pictures.
I would expect more than three years' of relatively light use, so I'd have to downgrade my review to 2 stars (from previous 4)
I fixed three nylon washers to fixing bolts (to protect paint on bracket), and even able to insert thin rubber washers between arm and bracket giving a cushioned, yet firm arm when struck by ball. Enjoyment abounds, thanks Avonstar Trading Co. Ltd.
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