Netball community excited about baby boom

Netball Australia Awards Night Black Carpet Liz Ellis and Catherine Cox

It’s the gold medal match of the 2039 Netball World Cup and the Australian Diamonds are one win away from defending their world title.

Cox and McMahon have been unstoppable in attack, Bode’s drive and pace through the midcourt unrivalled and the combination of Bulley and Ellis are relentless in defence.

There are future Hall of Famers across the court.

It’s a line-up that any netball coach would love at their disposal.

The daughters of Australian greats in Liz Ellis, Sharelle McMahon, Catherine Cox, Natalie Bode (nee von Bertouch) and Rebecca Bulley are following in the footsteps of their mothers.

That group – who have a combined tally of 466 Test caps between them – are all pregnant and scheduled to give birth by the middle of next year.

The baby boom is not limited to the playing group with the wonderful news that the umpiring community is also anticipating a new member with leading Australian umpire Rachel Ayre, pictured left, also expecting.

For Bode, Cox, Bulley and Ayre it will be their first child.

McMahon and her husband Brek have a son Xavier, who’s three years old, while Ellis and her husband Matthew have a four-year-old daughter Evelyn.

The netball community wishes all six wonderful ladies all the best over their journey and perfect health as they welcome new additions into their lives.

Hopefully – for netball’s sake – the six will deliver healthy young girls who one day will grow up and emulate the achievements on the court of their famous mothers.