Tales from Netball World Cup: Ball Kids

Behind the scenes at Allphones Arena throughout the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 were some budding netballers hoping to progress to a netball court on the big stage in the near future.

We spoke to Maddie Twycross (15), Hannah Victor, Tyler Pelligra and Annika Rudd (all 14), all Western Sydney Academy of Sport netball representatives who were so thrilled to have the experience as Field of Play Assistants (ball kids) and would do it again in a heartbeat.

The girls, all from the Sydney area and car-pooling each day, jumped at the opportunity to volunteer largely for the experience but mostly to be able to see netball at the elite level.

The ball kids are here working for the whole tournament but would enjoy the last day of competition as spectators and spoke to nwc2015.com.au as they were anticipating the New Zealand v Australia gold medal match, but it’s not just the Diamonds they’ve taken a shine to…

“I love Samoa, I just think they’re so cool … they’re really friendly” Hannah exclaimed.

Maddie was enamoured by the English team “All the players are so good and so friendly and they have really cool accents” while Annika was a South Africa Proteas fan “South Africa definitely, I just love them, they’re all such good netball players and they’re so fit too and I love their goal shooter (Lenize Potgeiter) she’s my favourite.”

The girls’ next step in terms of career progression is to try out for the NSW 17/U State Team and Annika – who is a promising defender – is keen to try some new moves she’s noticed from the top defenders of the Netball World Cup.

“How they move around the shooter that you can just pick up and be like oh yeah I can try that.”

Tyler noticed the professionalism of the players “The way they act off-court like they’re not mucking around, they’re doing their recovery properly”, while Hannah was impressed with the leadership shown on court by teams “If you take a high pressure game like how one person in the team calms the whole team down, it’s just really professional.”

Article courtesy of Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015; www.nwc2015.com.au