Netballers’ vision

Game on: Lachlan Hanley, Brand Collins, Blake Peroumal, and Wally Elguindy ware optimistic about new opportunities for local male players. Picture: Simon Bennett

Game on: Lachlan Hanley, Brand Collins, Blake Peroumal, and Wally Elguindy ware optimistic about new opportunities for local male players. Picture: Simon Bennett

Rugby league and AFL have long been considered male sports, while netball has been dominated by girls and women.

But times are changing.

Recently AFL and rugby league have focused on growing female participation rates.

It’s a lead Macarthur-based netball aims to follow.

While boys or men have never been discouraged from playing netball, playing numbers dictated the range of opportunities available.

Currently boys are only able to play in mixed normal competitions until the age of 12.

But the Camden and District Netball Association hope a new playing venue will be the catalyst to increase male involvement in the sport at a local level.

“The social night mixed competition has been really popular but we’ve never had the courts available to consider running (mixed division) as a winter comp,” the association’s Michele Leahy said.

“By moving to the Narellan Sports Hub we want to create a mixed competition which will hopefully pave the way for a men’s competition.”

It’s a long-term plan and male interest in the winter competition will play a major role in determining if/when to introduce a male-only league.

The 44-court sports hub was due to open in April, however, wet weather caused construction delays. The Council will update sporting groups “as soon as possible”.

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