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Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.

Lightning captain Geva Mentor is happy to help the younger generation of players.

Always a Mentor, still a star

If Geva Mentor did not teach the young Vixens defenders everything she knows, then Melbourne's beloved former premiership player happily shared all that she could.

Outspoken netball board critic Liz Ellis.

Netball officials discussed commentary censorship

Senior netball officials suggested making an unprecedented attempt to influence the broadcast coverage of player protests staged at last weekend's round of Super Netball matches, by limiting the input of high-profile commentator and outspoken board critic Liz Ellis in particular.

Broader view needed: Anne-Marie Corboy believes the next 12 months will be "critical" to netball's future.

Shining a light: Former netball boss speaks out

Deposed Netball Australia director and former chair Anne-Marie Corboy has warned against underestimating the threat posed by the AFL Women's league in the newly-competitive national environment, while staying cautiously optimistic that the power play orchestrated by the state associations will not derail netball's recent progress.

Cath Cox: "I don't even have words to describe the stupidity of that comment."

Remind me what part of motherhood is a holiday again?

Netball greats Catherine Cox and Liz Ellis have savaged the suggestion that players would be prepared to exploit landmark parental leave provisions simply to win themselves a so-called paid "holiday/break" – a claim the Australian Netball Players' Association allege was raised during last year's collective bargaining negotiations.

Kathryn Harby-Williams during her playing days with the national team.

D-day for Super Netball as warring parties face off

The dramatic public airing of netball's dirty laundry is believed to have enhanced the board re-election prospects of the players' preferred candidate, but a sit-down protest during the weekend's Super Netball round is still a possibility.

Caitlin Thwaites of the Magpies shoots on Friday night.

Magpies beat Fever to inch into top four

The Magpies are still not in positive territory after following a loss with a win for a fourth consecutive time, but Friday's 56-43 defeat of the West Coast Fever at Hisense Arena means that, for now at least, the pre-season favourites are in Super Netball's top four.