Women’s sport is finally starting to gain some much deserved traction in Australia.
The women’s Big Bash League was a huge hit in its inaugural year last season, the AFL is about to launch its own women’s league for 2017 and now Australia is set to revitalise the national netball competition.
The current trans-Tasman league will be split, with the five Australian teams currently in the league set to be joined by three new teams.
The trans-Tasman netball competition, or the ANZ Championship, has been dominated by Australian teams since its inception in 2008, with seven of the eight titles won by the Aussie franchises.
The new league is also set to be broadcast on free-to-air television and pay TV, with Channel Nine reportedly set to secure the rights with Foxtel.
In a further boost to the sport, AFL club Collingwood has launched an expression of interest to field a side in the competition, while NRL club, Melbourne Storm, have launched a bid for a Queensland based team.
It is the latest in a number of positive, yet long overdue announcements for women’s sport in Australia.
The news will also have a profound impact on girls sport at junior level with professional women’s sport set to receive more exposure than ever before.
Confirmation of the set up of the new league is expected next week.