Under-paid - and even unpaid in some cases - I understand. Our netballers – world beaters, what stars, what gracious winners, what a wonderful advertisement for New Zealand sport, despite some drivel from a radio gob in Auckland dismissing the game as a globally insignificant sport.
Not in New Zealand on finals night – what a spectacle. I understand that on-line it was the highest read news story of the day, TV audiences surpassed the All Blacks v Argentina (not surprising as it was a woeful spectacle) and up there with the cricket.
There were the straight-from-the-heart interviews with the wonder girls – entertainment in itself - a child licking the sweat from her mother’s sweating shoulder – erudite and honest.
Nothing like the hideously stilted “proud of the boys” and “110 percent effort” drivel from our rugby players.
Rugby succeeds because it’s professional, money is thrown at it. Even though it too is a globally insignificant sport. There is just one truly global sport and that is football.
But investment in netball and netballer. Our world champions deserve more than economy air tickets and part time work to get buy.
Iain Goldsmith, Bureta