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A Beginner’s Guide to Netball

A Beginner's guide to Netball
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While this sport may have started life as an off-shoot of basketball, don’t be fooled. Netball has an energy and drama all of its own. Discover a world of gritty defenders, agile centre court players and skilful shooters. Just don’t dribble…

What It’s All About

Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at either end. The aim of the game is to score more goals than the other team within a 60-minute period.

Each player is given a specific position on the team that limits their movement to certain areas of the court. The players wear bibs indicating their position and if a player steps out of their designated area, the other team are awarded a free pass.

A player with the ball can take no more than one step before passing it, and they must pass or shoot for the goal within three seconds. Only the Goal Shooter and Goal Attack positions are allowed to attempt goals. It is the job of the other players to move the ball down the court.

Why You’ll Love Watching It

Netball is a fast-paced game with high point scoring. Its rules and restrictions mean that the game shifts quickly between attack and defence, with everyone on the team regularly involved in play.

It’s a sport that’s hugely popular around the Commonwealth and with a ticket to the Netball competition at Glasgow 2014, you’re guaranteed to see some of the world’s best players.

Who to Watch Out For at Glasgow 2014

  • Australia and New Zealand have historically dominated the sport, and between them have won every Commonwealth Games Gold medal to date. 
  • Irene Van Dyk, New Zealand’s veteran Goal Shooter and the country’s most capped player, is planning on competing at Glasgow 2014.
  • Watch out for the raw talent of Malawi. Currently ranked 5th in the world, the up-and-coming Malawi team play with incredible flair.

Netball Pub Quiz Round

  • At 196cm (6 foot, 5 inches), Romelda Aiken of Jamaica is the one of the tallest players that you can expect to see competing at Glasgow 2014.
  • England had a historic win over Australia in a test series in January 2013, winning 3-0. Previously Australia had only ever lost two test matches to England.

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