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Seen here the Barbados Under-21 goal shoot Cassandra Cutting (left) getting both hands on the ball ahead of EnglandÕs Hannah Reid. Barbados edged England 38-37.
The International Netball Federation Limited is the governing body of Netball throughout the world. IFNA's roots go back to 1960 when, at a meeting in Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, representatives from England, Australia, Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies established The International Federation of Women's Basketball and Netball. Towards the end of the 1990s, IFNA's business strategy was reviewed and a limited company established.
A survey by IFNA revealed that men's netball is regularly being played in Barbados, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago, Antigua, Jamaica, St Vincent & The Grenadines, India, Pakistan, England, Canada, Australia and Zealand. Samoa and Namibia,
In Trinidad & Tobago, Lystra Lewis of the IFNA Members Council, recalls that men's netball is not new to the island. She said that men have been playing the game since the 1930's - umpiring, playing and coaching. In fact, the former Port of Spain Mayor, George Cabral, was the first President of The Port of Spain Netball League.
Netball has become the most popular female sport in the Caribbean, one of the reasons so many UK teams visit our shores annually. Not only do they find an excellent climate, but also lots of spirited competition!
At the recently concluded 21st Caribbean Netball Championships held in Trinidad, Jamaica emerged victorious over second placed Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago placed third and St. Vincent and the Grenadines was fourth.
Just over 1200 players participate at club level in 10
divisions with ages ranging from 11-58. Club and Tours are played principally
at the Netball stadium in Waterford, St Michael, which showcases three
hard courts and seats approx 1000 spectators.
The event will be held during the May 2005 during the
half-term holiday and is open to to senior sides right down to the U12's
Teams will play with excellent local sides and the party after promises to be fantastic.
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