Netball in Australia
"Netball is played in almost every town in Australia"
Netball courts are often incorporated into tennis courts in cities and the Bush
Netball is particularly popular in country towns where boys grow up playing 'footy' [Aussies Rules or Rugby] and the girls play Netball in school. Most Aussie kids join the local team playing footy or Netball and most local clubs incorporate both sports to fully utilise volunteer support of their youngsters participation.
Despite an increasing participation also in other 'growing sports' such as BASKETBALL the grass roots sports still hold a lot of popularity due to the accessibility of venues and minimal upkeep of a netball court and footy oval.
Nevertheless in addition to this very basic reason for the continued popularity of the game an increased visibilty of international competition and the success of the Australian team at such events promotes increased interest at a junior level with young girls aspiring to their heroines status in playing for a team in the relatively new National competitions or even for their country.
The recent 2017 success of a regional team in The Sunshine Coast Lightning winning the National Competition, the Suncorp Super Netball, highlights the high level of cempetition and talent at grass roots level and the intense interest to show support both in attendance and in financial support for the 'local team'.
The next level that is the Australian Netball League in itself now has a high level of visibility and well supported and is Netball Australia's 'feeder competition' into the top level Suncorp Super Netball.
Another example of the 'country influnce' on the sport is a recent article on Australian Netball of a small country town called Robinvale in Northern Victoria in the SUNRAYSIA LEAGUE that has won an award for their contribution to the sport.