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Leaping back on the netball court after a 17-year hiatus


My heart was racing, I could barely eat (a rare thing for me) and I was consumed with worry about how the next hour would unfold.

I hadn’t felt this nervous since the eve of my induction with my second child.

What could get me, Mrs I Don’t Really Give A Shit About Much, so worked up?


Yep don’t rub your computer screens, you read right, I was totally working myself up into a frenzied state because after 17 years I was about to get back on the courts.

Is this what a netball looks like?

Is this what a netball looks like?

Notice the perm and clenched fist - I was one tough chick back then!

I bet you’re thinking what an awesome looking athlete I look here πŸ˜‰ – this was taken nearly 20 years ago!

I was worried because I’m TOTALLY unfit and haven’t played any sport, apart from ‘chase three little shits around the house’ in years.

Don’t let my trademark chicken legs fool you – I’m so unfit that I need to stop for drink’s break when I walk down the driveway to get the newspaper!

I also knew that if I fell or played like a gumbie then I was letting the whole team down, and I hate that shit.

Being part of a team is a big deal to me and I didn’t want to be ‘that person’ who didn’t pull their weight, literally.

All day I hoped that each beep of my phone was my friend saying the game had been cancelled (sorry Ang but it’s true :).

No amount of peep talks from friends were helping – I just had to bite the bullet, put on three bras and have a teaspoon of cement.

Check out that mighty defence lean - which ALWAYS gets my pulled up by the refs

Check out that mighty defence lean – which ALWAYS gets my pulled up by the refs

Stressing just before I took to the court

Stressing just before I took to the court

After 10 minutes I had to sub off because my legs were jelly and I couldn’t run anymore.

I then got my second wind and played the last two quarters, some in the rain, and kicked some teenage-girl butt!

It was AWESOME, I ran around like a possessed woman, leaping, jumping, and defending that ball like it was one of my children.

We won and I felt proud that I had helped achieve this in some way.

This is blurry because we were moving SO fast ;)

This is blurry because we were moving SO fast πŸ˜‰

And it doesn’t matter that I’m now walking a bit like a cowboy and can barely move my arms, I leaped out of my comfort zone and have become part of a team again.

What team sport did or did you play? What’s stopping you from getting back into it?

Linking with Jess @ Essentially Jess for IBOT – she is off to DPCON13 or DEF CON 3 as I like to call it – have a ball girl – wish I was there!


Author: Have A Laugh On Me

I'm a mum to three, write from home and I rarely cook, craft or clean but admire those who do. I try to live by the mantra that there's no point in worrying about something that might not happen! Be warned this is not a fluffy, sweet mummy blog, rather a place where you can cringe, laugh and be shocked at my brutally honest take on my life.

69 thoughts on “Leaping back on the netball court after a 17-year hiatus

  1. Lol glad it all went well. I played netball as a 9 year old (even longer ago)! Sometime in early adulthood my sister, cousins, friends and I formed an indoor team. We kicked some butt but were then robbed by the ref in the semis …so we retired! 😳

  2. Good for you! Hate playing sport – like watching tho…and there’s no age limit on that!

  3. Look at you in your little netball skirt!! So proud of you Em! I *sucked* at netball! But it is a really athletic sport and you’ll be so thankful you did it – time out from home helps, too! So are you playing every week!? How exciting!!

    • Yes it is a sport that uses every muscle group I reckon, I even have tight muscles in hands and fingers from passing and grabbing ball – and it’s THURSDAY! And yes I’ve signed up for season, so it’s every Monday πŸ™‚ x

  4. LOL Em love your story! That first game is the hardest. You did great no falls or slips! its only going to get easier from here. We are happy to call you one of the “bluebirds”!!!! Yay!!!!!

  5. What’s stopping me? I know that cowboy feeling … Every time I take my poppet horse riding. Takes me days to get over. Great legs by the way! X

  6. You are hilarious!! You look no different from your childhood photo either!! πŸ™‚ At school was never in to netball, I perceived it as too girlie and I was a tomboy – it was touch footy or soccer for me! πŸ™‚

    • I suppose it is a rather girly sport but there’s nothing girlie about us on court, we’re as ferocious as a touch footy teach, another ‘non-contact’ sport πŸ™‚ Hope you have a great last night of DPCon πŸ™‚

  7. Awesome! I used to play netball, I was a goal shooter extraordinaire! Now I would fall over my feet and pass out from exhaustion. Would be fun to try though!

  8. Sport? What is this animal of which you speak??! LOL. I am so uncoordinated no team would ever want me!

  9. Ahaaa a fellow GD!! I knew there was a reason we got on so well πŸ™‚

    Good on you for getting back into it – I would have been totally nervous too. I’d love to get back into myself but I just don’t think I can fit one more thing on my plate at the moment 😦 Oh well at least I can re-live my former glory through you!

    • Yes Rach, you can laugh and mock my adventures as I try to re-claim my fitness and beat that bloody GA to get the throw from the C when the whistle blows. I’m too tall and gangly most of the time! πŸ™‚ Em x

  10. Good on you for getting out there! I’m a netballer too – GK and GD – but a posterior cruciate ligament tear immediately before my first pregnancy (and subsequent not-so-good rehab) means I’m out for good now. Sometimes I really miss it, and sometimes I’m glad to be out of it. Looking forward to just getting some basic fitness back after bub’s born and slowly working my walk up to a jog, and eventually up to a run!

  11. Oh good on you! I played netball throughout primary school but I was an ice-skater and had to give up other sports so, like you, I haven’t done team sports in a LONG time (around 20 years – now I feel old!).

  12. I was a book nerd, never a sporty type at school. BUT my Miss 6 has just started netball. OMG the rules are so confusing! The poor little 6 year olds were running with the ball, in and out of lines, no idea which end to aim for! So, this week I’ll be working on my passing and pivoting with the kids – and no doubt it will be good for me too. Good on you for getting back into it!

    • Funny I have to say I’m also a bit of a book nerd and fell into netball, I’m no great champion but I love a leap around the court. Once the girls get used to it they’ll be fine. It’s just a matter of teaching them what lines they can’t cross, and who they should be feeding ball to, probably one 2 or 3 people, unless they’re centre. Good luck, love to hear how they go

  13. Oh you’re a funny chook, Em! Good on you for getting out there. I’m just getting back into tennis, and wish I had your legs! xx

  14. I was never into netball, the skirt didn’t suit me at all. Come to think of it neither did the hockey one, or the tennis whites or the running shorts. I was terrible at team sports probably still am, I like to think of myself as a lone ranger now! Good on you for doing it. (Great legs BTW πŸ˜‰ )

  15. Hahaha! I used to play netball too – centre, wing defence or goal defence. But I haven’t played in years, and years, and years, and years, and years. Good on you for getting back into it!

  16. This is cracking me up, but I know how you feel. I only had about a five year gap, but I blogged about my return to netball a few years ago: http://francescawriteshere.blogspot.com.au/2010/04/its-fitness-time.html

    Miss E (6) had a gala day on Saturday and played three games – her first three games ever! I got a bit excited, almost enough to sign up for the ladies’ team … almost…

    • I just read your post, see I could never play indoor netball, too fast and furious for me – go you! I bet you’re proud to watch Miss E play. Go on sign up – you’ll feel so much better for it.

  17. Haha, I too need a drink to walk up my driveway!!
    So glad you were awesome….the jelly legs will subside soon and you will get back to the legend you were 20 years ago πŸ™‚
    Becc @ Take Charge Now

  18. hahaha…I am definitely not a team player in that I am, like you, worried I will let the team down! I was more of a tennis player myself as I could play by myself so if I mucked up I was the only one blaming me! (if all that makes sense!)
    Will you be backing it up next week is the big questions?

  19. I use to play netball and centre at that – don’t know how I ran for so long. I would need a drink and rest break after warm up now days.

  20. You look awesome in your netball get-up Em! I’m glad you ended up having a great time. It reminds me of the years I played competitive tennis, hoping every week that it would be rained out – I loved it when I got there but it always seemed a huge effort to make the trek to the courts!

    • You are so right,it’s just the effort of having everything done, work, dinner, kids and then leaving the house. But I’m sure I’ll get a routine going. Thanks for nice get-up gear comment, it cost a total of $39 – well apart from shoes πŸ™‚

  21. I used to play netball aswell…. The last time I played was about 11 or 12 years ago, as a teenager. I’m currently working on my fitness so, in theory, I might possibly be fit enough to play in a month or two but, in practice, I don’t know anybody who plays anymore and I’m far too shy to just join a random team!

    • Amy you are probably way fitter than me – in fact you totally will be – I nearly collapsed after 7 minutes! True story. I’m lucky that I know one of the players and that’s how I got in.

  22. Good on you – a friend recently did this as well. I never played team sports and my kids do gymnastics so far which is not the same. 9 year old wants to try netball and just missed the start of the season. As an american i have not even watched game yet – basketball but different right?

    Yay for the win and for diving straight across your comfort zone into a whole other state ; )
    deb xx

  23. Good work Em!! Love the Iona reminisce!! If you guys are short a player let me know.. I too need to exercise!! πŸ™‚ x

  24. Congrats on the win! I used to swim competitively so when I entered my first masters I was so jittery and excited too! :p hope you get to enter more games!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • Awesome go Ai, it’s a very tough sport swimming, you have to be so fit, I used to train when I was young, too hard now. I do enjoy it still though, but socially! I’m playing weekly so plenty more time for me to get used to it again. x

  25. Good form! I got back into tennis a year or two ago afer 20 years off. At first it was frustrating because I knew what I used to be able to do but after a while I decided to just chill out and enjoy the time out of the house.

    • Thanks Kev, I also need to do this, just chill and enjoy the game, however it’s so fast I barely have time to think. Plus whenever I’m playing a team sport Mrs Competitive comes out to play πŸ™‚

  26. HILARIOUS! I played as a ring in in a random game recently and God I was nervous. I almost VOMITED after two minutes and think I came close to doing a hammie. Haven’t had a chance to go back but it is the FUNNEST. If you need, here if you need!! Love getting my Sharon on…

    • That’s so it Sarah – I’m here if you need – go shooter – defence defence, rebound rebound, (like I was just going to stay there with my arms down) hee hee. Nothing beats a Sharon x πŸ˜‰

  27. I can’t play sports, except for tennis. I am sportingly challenged. I run like Phoebe in that Central Park ep of Friends. A bit spaz.
    Good on you for getting back into it, I need a hobby that isn’t eating of Foxtel. Mez xx

  28. OMG. Netball, I’ve long since retired. I think I was about 19 when I retired. But some friends of mine play and sometimes ask me to come along. But I haven’t had the inspiration to jump back into it yet. Go you!!

    • Yes I was about that age when I last played and can’t believe I’m back but maybe it’s because I still sometimes think I’m a young lass, in my teens/20s able to do anything – Thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  29. I tried to comment on this the other day and my phone ate it. Hungry damn phone. You would have PISSED ME OFF on the netball court with your big old defence arms – I’m a shooter. Well, I was for 17 years!!!!!! Finally stopped when I had babies. It’s kind of a bit hard not to wee for that long now. πŸ˜‰ Well done on all that running and not weeing.

    • You funny girl you Kimmy – and I was kinda worried about that but once I was on court I was too busy to even worry! Plus it was raining so who knows what have or might not have happened πŸ˜‰ xx

  30. Good for you Em. You made me laugh with the three bras and a teaspoon of concrete. Anything to tame those naughty nanoos! πŸ™‚

  31. One word: Pins mate! Legs eleven out of ten!

    I played netball a little bit, then I played hockey. I wasn’t an asset to either team.

    Glad you felt that sense of achievement that sport brings.

  32. Oh how sport and I DO NOT mix. But you GO girl, good on you!

  33. LOL – you are so funny! Good on you! Wow – that must feel good to step outside your comfort zone and come out a winner πŸ™‚ I would be nervous as hell too. I’m SO unfit nowadays. When I was at school I played netball. I was GA (Goal Attack). Best position for a short non-sporting gal like me. I was good at shooting goals. I hate to think what I would be like at netball now!!

  34. No way, this was totally me on Tuesday night… First game in over 20 years. I got onto the court, had no idea what I was doing. A team of 30+ players against high schoho allls who all looked the same, thank god for the bibs. So I was in WA first quarter then WD for the rest of the game. That is where I intend to stay for any future games so I can at least get the hang of it. I still have no idea who I am passing too or trying to get the ball from! Any tips would be great! Oh, we did win but I can’t say that my bumbling around the court was much help!!! I was just thinking of pulling out and then read your blog so thank you for giving me the balls to keep going πŸ™‚

    • Sarah – A thousands apologies for not getting back to you earlier – no excuses, I was slack and then I forgot until I was driving home from netball last night!! So how did it go? I dread going every Monday but I do and as soon as I’m playing I love it! Well until last night when I bent my finger back, bruised fingers – ARGHHH. Tips, it’s all about match fitness of which I have none. Hang in there, have fun and I hope you’re enjoying it now πŸ™‚ Emily (BTW) just two more games for me – PHEW – I want my Monday nights back x

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