Netball Is Just Like Basketball. Except That It Isn’t.

While Australia is certainly associated with Rugby and Cricket, it is less well known for its enthusiasm for a sport called Netball. This game is popular in many of the Commonwealth Nations and there are over 70 national teams in the International Federation of Netball Associations.

When I was in Australia, I was offered the opportunity to play a game in a Brisbane Netball league. I agreed because I was told that Netball is like “a women’s version of Basketball”, which I later learned refers to Mr. Naismith’s school developing a version of Basketball for its female students who couldn’t run around in their restrictive 1890s corsets.

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