Politicians hold court against netball greats

image2Australia’s Federal Politicians excel at holding court inside Parliament House, but how did they fare taking on some netball greats?

As part of this year’s celebrations for Harmony Day, Netball Australia, Australia Post and the Parliamentary Friends of Netball hosted a `Politicians versus Professionals’ netball match at the netball courts of Parliament House in Canberra this morning.

The `Professionals’ netball team included three Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors in Mo’onia Gerrard, Sonia Mkoloma and Sepi Hawke who collectively boast more than 200 international caps for Australia, England and Samoa.

Members of the Canberra Darters’ Australian Netball League squad were also part of the `Professionals’ team.

image3They took on a team of politicians that included Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Senator Bridget McKenzie and Senator Kate Lundy, the co-chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Netball group.

It must have been the presence of netball royalty that inspired the politicians to a one-goal victory.

“Both Harmony Day and netball bring everyone together from different ages, cultures, religions, even political parties,” Senator Fierravanti-Wells said.
“Sport provides a great sense of community.”

Gerrard, Mkoloma and Hawke have come on board as Australia Post One Netball Ambassadors this year to use the power of netball to attract new individuals and communities to the sport.

“Harmony Day is a great opportunity to bring people together to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity,” Gerrard, who represented Australia in 68 Tests, said.

“Netball will be celebrating Harmony Day across Australia this weekend so it was great to join in on the fun during this match.”

Harmony Day is held on 21 March every year and celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. The event is now in its 15th year and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The ANZ Championship will also celebrate Harmony Day during Round 4 matches being played in Adelaide on 22 March and Sydney on 23 March.