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I was there last night and all I can say is WOW! It was an amazing game and a well deserved win! As a netballer myself, I hope there will be more coverage of the sport, especially when we win again on Saturday! Go girls! :)
@41 basketball has a small cult following - tell that to the sell out crowd at theO2 last week and the sell out crowds at the Olympics.Height is an advantage at basketball, but having the right type of physique is an advantage in any sport.The comment about no skill necessary is absurd.Tit for tit comment is also absurd, if it was, every game would be decided by one score or a draw.
@41 you are just very narrowminded then and have limited experience within netball im guessing. netball is my main sport to ref/coach/ play however im involved in many more. tbh just sounds like a troll who wantes an argument
Credit to Sky for giving up a primetime slot on one of their sports channels. This is far more likely to help the sport gain exposure than having it tucked away on BBC 2, 3, Shetland or somewhere.
@41"Basketball is a minority sport with a small cult following"It's played all over the world, not just in a handful of Commonwealth countries, and in front of crowds ten times the size of a netball crowd.
Fantastic effort & result ladies, top drawer stuff!The grass roots level of the sport - Hi five netball in primary schools - is already in place, the competition I've seen in the past 3 years, is of a very high standard.I look forward to netball being included in the Olympic games
This was as passionate, committed and competitive a sporting performance as you are likely to see anywhere. 60 minutes of full-on action by 2 teams of highly-skilful players delighting a packed arena. And I'm delighted to see that it's at least beginning to receive some media recognition. Netball's profile can only benefit from this, but needs more. Show the world what it's missing. It will happen
@35 Absolute nonsense, not even replying to because its so blatantly wrong, you might as well say tiddlywinks is the second most popular sport. Basketball is a minority sport with a small cult following, nothing more.@33 yes it is goal for goal, those things you mentioned become irrelevent when the teams just endlessly do tit for tat scoring.
@36Handball is No.2 in Denmark (30k+ attendances!), Sweden, Germany & the Netherlands, but basketball is in the others I mentioned.Handball is the 2nd most popular sport in Europe by participation, not by attendance or TV figures.
its a contesting sport now
@22What a pathetic comment and attempt at humour. My daughter (15) plays netball and is captain of her town team, there is not enough media coverage of the sport.You would be surprised how many girls/ladies play on a daily basis.And it is a non contact sport but it is very intensive and also very competitive, why post on a netball forum when you have no interest in the sport.Rant over
@35, whilst it is popular in Spain, it is not the No. 2 sport in the rest of the countries you mention. Handball is far more popular on the continent than Basketball, especially in the Eastern European countries you mentioned - and where it is not 2nd favourite, then waterpolo usually is. Infact handball is officially the 2nd biggest sport in Europe.
@32You think that no-one outside of the U.S likes basketball?To name just a few, it's the No.2 Sport (after football) in Spain, Greece, Italy, Russia, Israel, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia & Belarus.Average attendance for the UK Netball Super-league? 750. Average attendance for the Spanish Basketball league? 7000.
24.Berba9Angling. And sports coverage on telly can boost interest and participants. So you're wrong again. I know it's not sport per se being shown, but interest in diving has increased with the celebrity diving show. Netball already has a lot of participants but could really take off if it's shown on telly. The BBC might even be able to win the contract? Beating Ozzies is always good.
@31 it was a sell out! birmingham is also a sell out.@32 what about forcing errors? defending? interceptions? turnovers? it isnt goal for goal.
@25 you've unintentionally proved my point right there, basketball is all about how tall you are, it's one of the least skill based sports there is. One team scores the other team scores, one team scores the other team scores, whats the point of that? I'm not biased, no-one outside of America likes it either.@24 agreed, sports that people aren't interested in dont make headlines.
way to go England, another on over on the Aussies, ahead of Australia day also!I was listening on Radio 5Live Sports Extra (thanks BBC for the coverage) and my GF was there. Wasn't there talk of a sell-out (or nearly sell-out) crowd of 7,000.
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