Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
22 Nov 2020
7:00 am

Netball deserves better, but this time the sport has itself to blame

Wesley Botton

The organisation has dropped the ball in recent weeks and it is the players who are suffering the most.

Netball is one of South Africa's favourite sports and needs to be administered correctly for the benefit of all the players. Picture: Getty Images

Netball in this country has never received its due, and it has always deserved better. It's a great sport, which combines the natural flair of football with the battle-hardened ferocity of rugby, and matches can be as thrilling as they are in any other code. In addition, in terms of participation, netball is the most popular sport in the country. While many schools focus on either football or rugby, nearly every school with a sport programme offers netball and just about every girl in South Africa, at some stage in their youth, has played the game. From a promotional perspective,...