Camden sisters manage Australian men’s netball team

Netball managers Brooke Berry and Karen Williams (at front) with NSW under-23s player Jack Edwards and Open men's team member Liam Forcadilla.
Netball managers Brooke Berry and Karen Williams (at front) with NSW under-23s player Jack Edwards and Open men's team member Liam Forcadilla.

The sport of men’s netball is gaining momentum in Australia – and two Harrington Park sisters are leading the charge.

Karen Williams and Brooke Berry were recently appointed managers of the Australian Mens or Mixed Netball team.

Both women have been heavily involved in Camden netball for years and are excited to grow male participation in the sport.

Williams said the pair became involved with men’s netball after their sons grew interested in the sport.

She said there was plenty of potential for men’s netball to grow in Australia.

“I think there needs to be a perspective shift,” she said.

“People might be surprised but there are a lot of men and boys out there that want to play netball.

“There can be a view that if the men’s sport grows it will take away from a sport traditionally dominated by women, but that’s not the case at all.”

Williams hopes more coverage of men’s netball will encourage a greater number of people to give the sport a go.

“It would be great to see something similar to what has happened with women’s rugby league happen for men’s netball,” she said.

“We just need people to give it a go and embrace it.”

Williams and Berry are preparing for the Australian Men’s and Mixed Netball team’s next big event – the Trans-Tasman Cup.

The event will be held in Adelaide next month, and sees the Aussie men’s team take on their Kiwi rivals.

Williams said men’s netball was quite popular in New Zealand.

As managers, Williams and Berry are tasked with organising transport, food and other essentials when the teams are touring.

Men’s Netball NSW president Clare McCabe is also from Camden.