Lucy Herdman: Excited for the NETS World Championships in South Africa
What is NETS? Previously known as Indoor Netball, NETS began as a grassroots initiative to grow participation in Netball. The fast paced sport is picking up huge popularity nationally and internationally. I caught up with Lucy Herdman who has recently been selected to represent England at the NETS World Championships in South Africa.
Here’s what Lucy had to say to GRM SPORT
What were your first experiences of NETS & Netball?
“My mum got me into netball, as I always went to her games to watch her as a child. She took me to junior training one day and the rest is history. My first experience of NETS was back in 2016. There were trials for the 2016 World Championships, I wanted to attend the U21 trials however I was away and couldn't make them. I thought I really don't want to miss out on this opportunity so got in touch to see if there was another chance to trial. Fortunately there was! I got invited to a ladies training session where I completed my trials. It was my first ever experience of NETS and I absolutely loved it! I was over the moon to get an email saying I'd been selected to go to the U21 World Championships in New Zealand that year!”
Can you tell us the main differences between netball and NETS?
“NETS is a variation of netball that is fast, non-stop and very tactical. There are many similarities between traditional netball and NETS, however there are also a lot of differences; the main one being that the game is played in a court enclosed with nets, meaning the ball never goes out of play! There are different variations of NETS, I play both 6's and 7's. 7's is extremely similar to traditional netball but still played inside the nets and on a slightly smaller court. The positions are the same, the court split into thirds, and only 1 point shots can be taken inside the shooting circle. 6's on the other hand is quite different. The court is split in two halves rather than thirds. Positions are different as well, they consist of two 'D' (defenders), two 'L' (links), and two 'A' (attackers). The defenders can go in the defensive half and the opposition's shooting circle, attackers in the attacking half and shooting circle and the links in both halves but neither shooting circle. Normal 1 point shooting inside the circle from either attacker, but also both attackers and links can take a shot from outside the circle for 2 points. These are the basic rules and differences between netball and NETS.”
What do you feel are your main strengths in NETS?
“Definitely my long bombs! Haha! Especially in 6's taking those long shots for the 2 points is a main strength of mine. I actually prefer the long shot instead of shooting under the post! Crazy I know! I'd also say my versatility. I can play both ends; defence and attack. This was shown in the World Championships in 2016 when I got selected as an attacker but due to a defender getting injured I got chosen to play the second half of the tour in defence. I think being versatile is a really effective skill, as it widens your opportunities.”
What was your first reaction when you found out you were selected to represent England?
“ I couldn't really believe it at first, I was so happy and grateful for the opportunity! It's always been a dream of mine to represent my country, I've done it at U21 level and now I actually get to represent England at seniors! It's a dream come true (again)! I'm so excited for the World Championships in South Africa this summer. However, there is a lot of work that needs to be done beforehand. The tour is completely self-funded and will cost about £3,000 to make this dream of mine a reality. My family and I will be doing lots of fundraising events to try and raise the money, however I am also looking for a sponsor, or several sponsors, so please get in touch if you can help or know anyone/company that can help out! I can promote sponsors through social media and can also have logos on my kit! Any amount is amazing and greatly appreciated! Every little helps get a step closer to the overall target! You can get in touch with me through my Twitter; @Luce_herdman