“It’s for every player”: how walking netball fosters a lifelong love of the game

Start with netball—fast and physical and loved by millions. Then tweak the rules so there’s no running and no jumping. Intrigued? You should be. Di Hodgson laughs when asked how long she’s played netball for. “Probably 100 years,” she says. The 47-year-old from Knox has been playing running netball since she was a teenager. She …

Liz Ellis on netball’s support for community sport a chance to drive more change

Kasey Symons catches up with Liz Ellis for a discussion on Netball’s core principles and its commitment to creating positive change in the community. When I call Liz Ellis—the most capped player in Australian netball history—on Thursday afternoon, she’s driving from her northern New South Wales home to pick up fellow former Diamond, and current …

The missing history of netball

We’ve played netball in Australia for decades. Yet, the origins of the sport are uncertain. It’s something historians and governing bodies are working to correct. More than 1.2 million people play netball in Australia. According to Netball Australia, ‘it’s the number one participation sport for Australian girls’. Nielsen Sports claims that one in five Australians …

Netball Victoria’s Rosie King on leadership, allowing others to shine and the value of sport

It’s a Tuesday morning when I pick up the phone to speak to Rosie King, the CEO of Netball Victoria. I won’t lie, I’m a little nervous. Not only is King the CEO of Netball Victoria, she’s also on the Paralympics Australia board and has previously worked at the Geelong Football Club and for Sport …

Melbourne Vixen Kate Moloney on leadership, playing alongside your heroes and the changing landscape of women’s sport

In the 1930s, the All-Australian Women’s Basketball* Association passed a motion requiring players to be silent during games. Melbourne Vixens’ captain Kate Moloney laughs when I tell her this story.  ‘I wouldn’t have survived,’ she says. Kate Moloney is famously vocal on court, constantly encouraging her teammates. And then there’s her signature point and clap …