Men on board with netball
WHATEVER you do, do not tell these guys that netball is only a sport for women.
More than 50 members of the West Coast Men’s and Mixed Netball Association are preparing to take on the best in the country, with a record four WA teams slated to compete at the 2018 Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Championships from April 1 to 8 in Sydney.
Canning will be well represented, with players from Canning Vale, Parkwood and Rossmoyne making the trip.
Leederville resident and club captain Dylan McPherson said participation in netball had grown exponentially among WA men recently.
“The idea of men playing netball can be hard to convince people about, but once men have seen men’s netball live and can see the training required, the physicality and the dedication needed to play at a state or national level, there is a much greater respect for the sport,” he said.
“We had record numbers at this year’s trials, with over 75 trialists.
“In 2015 we took two teams to nationals, but in 2018 we will take four teams.
“Men certainly bring a level of raw athleticism and a bit of flair.
“Men’s netball is more aerial than the women’s game and probably slightly more physical.”
Fellow captain and Ellenbrook resident Stuart Dent said it was a big deal for WA to have four teams competing at the national competition and the players were eager to show off their skills.