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 …

Book Review: Women in Boots – Football and Feminism in the 1970s

By Professor Jean Williams Women in Boots – Football and Feminism in the 1970s by Marion Stell and Heather Reid is a fantastically detailed account of the history of women footballers in Australia and New Zealand, in the 1970s, a pivotal time for the internationalisation of the women’s game. The book builds upon a growing …