Kōrero: Sport and society

Netball game, early 20th century

Netball game, early 20th century

Women play netball on the Auckland Domain. Then called basketball, the game was first played in New Zealand about 1906. At that stage, players wore full-length skirts, hats, leg-of-mutton sleeves and shoes. The net was a basket, closed at one end, so the referee had to clamber up and retrieve the ball after each goal. The resulting slow pace, along with the clothes worn, meant that initially the game posed no threat to traditional definitions of femininity.

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Netball New Zealand

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Greg Ryan, 'Sport and society - Ethnicity and gender in sport, 1860–1910', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/39398/netball-game-early-20th-century (accessed 20 May 2022)

He kōrero nā Greg Ryan, i tāngia i te 5 Sep 2013