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England’s netball success shines light on thriving UK club scene

Last-gasp Commonwealth gold could inspire more women to don a bib and get fit, clubs hope

It has often been dismissed as a schoolgirl’s sport, or basketball for women. Football fans scoff at its strict zones, which allow only one player to zip between each third and just two the opportunity to shoot. Others mock its rigid rules: no dribbling, no contact, and only taking two steps when in possession.

But England’s nailbiting last-second victory at the Commonwealth Games last week proved that netball can be as thrilling as any Premier League match – even if the wingers aren’t allowed to score.

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