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Netball developed as an off-shoot of American Basketball, the sport quickly spread to England and by 1897 young ladies were playing the game on grass courts.
In 1898 some changes were made to basketball and the origins of Netball as we know it appeared. Some of these first changes are still used in the modern game. The name basketball was used because the original goal rings were actually like "baskets" only open at one end. This meant that the poor umpire had to climb a ladder to retrieve the ball after each goal.

The game was brought to Australia by English school teachers and there are records pf inter-school games being played as early as 1913.

Many changes to rules and court markings occurred over the years and the modern international game is extremely fast and exciting.

Enter supporting content here The top netball nations are Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago. Australia has won 8 of the 10 World Championships since 1960 and are currently ranked No. 1 in the world.

Netball is one of the most popular sports among females in Australia. The controlling organisation is the All Australian Netball Association (AANA) which was founded under another name in 1927. By 1977 all states and territories had become members of AANA.

Netball has traditionally been a female sport, although over the last 10 years it has become popular among males as well.