Boys jumping into netball action
BOYS just wanna have fun … on the netball court.
And now they can, following the launch of a league for boys aged 12 to 16.
Netball SA CEO Ben Scales said the Junior M League competition was the first of its kind for the state, and would help keep boys in the sport who were formerly sidelined.
Boys are not allowed to play competitive netball with girls after they turn 12. Before the inception of the boys’ junior com- petition, they had to wait until they were 16 for the M League, SA’s competition for men.
“We don’t want them to miss out so that’s why it’s important to have a program that overcomes that gap,” Mr Scales said.
“Males have been involved in netball for 100 years – coaching, umpiring, cooking the barbecue or playing at an adult age – so this is just another step in them getting out on the court.”
The new league of four teams will play in a competition comprising five rounds and two finals at Priceline Stadium, Mile End.
South Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball Association president Steve McInnes said it was “great” the 12 to 16-yearold gap was finally being filled.
“There definitely shouldn’t be any barrier now in 2018,” he said. “Especially with the rise of women’s cricket, women’s soccer, women’s AFL – all those traditionally male sports now don’t really have barriers, so why should netball?”
Junior M League player Lachie Richards, 13, said the sport was “really fun”. Registrations are still open at firstname.lastname@example.org