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A Brief History Of Netball In Australia

Netball has come a long way from it's early beginnings as basketball in Canada. It has progressed through the years, initially as a gender appropriate sport for women in England during the 1800s, to the globally played, fast paced game that it is today. Whilst still predominantly a womans sport and classed as non-contatct, the inclusion of mixed and mens netball, as well as the increased physicality and level of sponsorhsip and funding supplied, has seen it become more popular with the public and played in a more professional manner. Whilst English men preferred traditional sports such as cricket, women were keen to give basketball a try. However, with their attire of floor length dresses, button up shoes and restricitve clothing, the game had to be adapted to suit them. The court was s...

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