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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.

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.