Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) — I would like to congratulate Melbourne Vixens on their fantastic win on the weekend. The arena was near capacity, and it was wonderful to see the families, particularly young girls, watching their heroes. It was really wonderful just to see such a broad and large audience watching the netball.
I was very lucky to be sitting with some amazing women who are basically the pioneers of netball, including Joyce Brown, who captained the Australian netball team to the inaugural Netball World Cup title in 1963. It was amazing sitting with them. I felt sorry for the coach because there were about eight coaches in the row that I was sitting in all yelling at the time and all providing some great advice to the team, possibly unwanted. I would also like to congratulate Jenny Sanchez for her amazing work in pioneering this next generation of netballers.