Story: Amateurism and professionalism

Professional Australasian championships: ANZ Championship (1st of 4)

Professional Australasian championships: ANZ Championship

The Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic's Casey Williams defies gravity to block a shot by Susan Pratley of the New South Wales Swifts during the ANZ Championship netball semi-final in Hamilton in 2008. The game was narrowly won by the Swifts, although Williams was later named player of the championship. She joined the Magic in 2003 and the Silver Ferns national netball team in 2004, becoming its captain in 2009. The ANZ Championship is the world's leading netball league, contested by five teams each from New Zealand and Australia. Its formation in 2008 saw netball become a semi-professional sport in both countries.

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Geoff Watson, 'Amateurism and professionalism - Rise of professionalism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2019)

Story by Geoff Watson, published 5 Sep 2013