Men on board with net­ball

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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