Name: Alison Broadbent (nee Williams)

DOB: 18 July 1975

Nickname: Ali

Height: 181cm

Positions: GD/WD/GK

Age started playing: 7

Association/s: Gosford/Ku-ring-gai

Started playing because: My parents were involved and mum played. I thought it would be fun to play with my friends

Netball Teams: 

NSW: NSW 17/U Team 1991
NSW 19/U Team 1992-1993
NSW 21/U Team 1992-1995
NSW Opens Team 1996,1999, 2001

Australian: Australian 21/U Team 1992-1995
Australian Opens Team 2001-2006

ANZ Championship: 

CBT: Sydney Swifts 1997-2006 (152 caps)

Other National Leagues: 

Australian Test Caps: 35

Playing style/strength: Rebounding, driving down the court and speed

Fondest netball memory: Being named in my first Australian team in 2001

Earliest netball memory: Going to netball carnival for the first time with my Mum and Dad and playing for Gosford reps

I prepare for a game by: Thinking positive thoughts and running through what I want to achieve throughout the game

Tips for future netballers: Hard work and determination is the road to travel, but remember to enjoy the journey

Most embarrassing moment on court: Going for an intercept in the goal circle and crashing into the goal post when playing for the Sydney Swifts

What did your first uniform look like? Check skirt (blue, white and red) and tight white t-shirt

What have you done with your past uniforms: I have no idea – my mum probably has kept them somewhere – she’s like that!

One team you always wanted to beat: The Melbourne Phoenix and the Adelaide Thunderbirds were a close second

What was the big hairstyle craze of your netball career? The curly perm

Most memorable game? Winning the National League Championship in 2004 after coming from behind. Probably one of my best games.

What’s one of the biggest things that has changed in the game since you first played netball? 

Any current involvement with netball? Coaching and Commentator for the ANZ Championships with host broadcaster


High School: 

Further Study: 


In my spare time I enjoy: Spending time with my family, going to the movies and dinner and going shopping

Things I dislike include: Rude people

Other sports/hobbies: Playing Saturday netball at Adcock Park, going to the gym, swimming with my two girls, going for bike rides

Favourite movie: Remember the Titans

Favourite TV show: Bones, Greys Anatomy

Favourite Singer/Band: Matchbox 20

Favourite Colour: Don’t have one

Favourite Food: Thai

Dream Job: 

Which sporting event would you love to attend? Wimbledon

Most admired sports person: Steve Waugh because of his ability to stay calm under pressure and he is a true class act

Who do you enjoy an on court battle with? Sharelle McMahon – a truly great athlete and wonderful person

What would you spend your last $20 on?  Doing something with my family, probably hot chip sandwiches at the beach. My two girls love that!

If you were a cartoon character who would you be? I have absolutely no idea!

If I was on Australian Idol I would sing: