McAuliffe takes the ball ahead of Hannah Mundy

Sunshine Coast Lightning's Maddy McAuliffe takes the ball out in front of Melbourne Vixens' Hannah Mundy. Photo: supernetball.com.au

What a week it has been for netball. The sport unites against sexist comments, Fever on the way back and a new board for Netball Australia.

Round two of the Suncorp Super Netball was another cracker with a new stadium unveiled and a fast-finishing West Coast Fever team taking out competition heavyweights Swifts.

Off the court, this week has also provided much discussion.

So, as we head into round three, here are a few storylines to help you get into the mood.

Netballers unite to call out sexism in Australia’s media

Australia’s rugby league media made a sexist comment about netball on the program NRL360.

Journalist Paul Kent, who hosts the show, regurgitated a misinformed view from Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.

“As Ricky said to me – if I can’t have tough conversations with my better players I might as well coach netball,” Kent said on the show for the organisation that will broadcast Suncorp Super Netball from 2022.

The response from the netball community was loud and strong.

Here comes the Fever

West Coast Fever is set to move off the bottom of the ladder as early as this weekend.

If results go the club’s way, the Fever could finish the round as high as sixth after beating top-four contender Swifts in round two.

West Coast is coming back from a 12 competition point deduction for breaching the salary cap and head to the Sunshine Coast to take on the Lightning.

Suncorp Super Netball’s most decorated club takes on one the league’s most divisive sides.

Board reform for Netball Australia

Following a State of the Game Review, led by Liz Ellis, Netball Australia and the Suncorp Super Netball Commission boards are now united.

The two boards merged quietly this week and is made up of six appointed directors and three elected directors.

Liz Ellis herself said: “Now that the appointed directors form the majority, there is less opportunity for state issues to dominate the national board, and greater opportunity as well as a greater obligation for the board to govern the sport from a national viewpoint.”

Next steps?

“A timeline needs to be established towards appointing an athlete director and at least one director who is of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, in line with the State of the Game recommendations,” Ellis said.

One sore point for the board is that most of the directors are male.

The board is led by Marina Go, former chair of the SSN Commission.

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