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Netball Tournaments

There are a number of leagues and tournaments. Here is a list of the most well-known competitions:

National

  • National Schools
  • Premier League 1
  • Premier League 2
  • Premier League 3
  • National U14 Club Finals
  • National U16 Club Finals

International

  • World Netball Championships
  • World Netball Youth Championships
  • Netball Europe Championships
  • Netball Europe Championships U21, U19, U17
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Fast5 Netball World Series

Participating countries: Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, Fiji, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Israel, England, Wales, Nothern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland.

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History of Netball

Origin of netball

Netball originated from basketball and developed as the number of women participating in sport increased.

In 1893 a physical training college in Hampstead, London established a women’s basketball team which incorporated the rules from women’s basketball in the United States. Later, they changed the rules of the game as well as the equipment, replacing the basketball net with a ring attached to a post.

Development

After the first set of rules were published in 1901, netball was introduced to other countries within the British Empire. The popularity of the game increased rapidly and was played in schools throughout the Empire. In 1963 the first international tournament was held in Eastbourne, England.

A variation of netball called Fast5 Netball has emerged in 2008.

Gender

In the late 1980’s men’s netball emerged in Australia and by 2006 both men’s and mixed netball is played all around the world.

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