netball

In a netball game, each team has 7 players on the court. Every position has certain responsibilities and specific court space to stay within. Read on for an explanation of how to play netball positions.

Attacking netball positions; what they do and where they can go

Centre (C)

Centre pass alternates between each team and it is the Centre’s responsibility to start the game by holding the ball and stepping into the small circle in the centre third. Centre must be equally skilled in both attack and defence and have a very high level of fitness.

The Centre can go anywhere on the netball court except in the goal circles at either end.

Professional players who play in the Centre position:

  • Emily Beaton (Thunderbirds)
  • Madi Robinson (Vixens)
  • Kimberlee Green (Swifts)
  • Laura Langman (Mystics)
  • Kim Ravaillion (Firebirds)
  • Verity Simmons (Firebirds)
  • Ashleigh Brazill (Fever)
  • Shae Brown (Fever)

Wing Attack (WA)

If the team has possession of the ball for the centre pass, a Wing Attack needs to be ready to break forward from the team’s goal third line as one of two players to receive the team’s centre pass. The other possible recipient of the centre pass is Goal Attack. The WA is vital in supporting and feeding the ball into the shooters in the goal circle. They are to position themselves on the goal circle in case the shooters need to pass the ball back and forth in order to reposition their stance/distances to the goal post. The WA can also help snatch a loose rebound that goes astray in the goal circle.

WA is only allowed in the centre third and goal third with exception of the goal circle.

Professional Wing Attack players:

  • Emily Beaton (Thunderbirds)
  • Erin Bell (Thunderbirds)
  • Renae Hallinan (Thunderbirds)
  • Madi Robinson (Vixens)
  • Kimberlee Green (Swifts)
  • Kim Ravaillion (Firebirds)
  • Verity Simmons (Firebirds)
  • Ashleigh Brazill (Fever)
  • Shae Brown (Fever)

Goal Attack (GA)

Similar to a WA, if the team has possession of the ball for the centre pass, a Goal Attack needs to be ready to break forward from the team’s goal third line as one of two players to receive the team’s centre pass. The Goal Attack shares the goal shooting responsibility with the Goal Shooter. A GA either feeds the ball into the goal circle to the shooter or allows the WA to take it – this enables them to work on positioning themselves in the goal circle to shoot the ball into the hoop.

GA are only allowed in the centre third and the team’s goal third (including the goal circle).

Professionals who play in the Goal Attack position:

  • Cody Lange (Thunderbirds)
  • Erin Bell (Thunderbirds)
  • Jodi Brown (Pulse)
  • Tegan Caldwell (Vixens)
  • Karyn Bailey (Vixens)
  • Maria Tutala (Mystics)
  • Catherine Latu (Mystics)
  • Amorette Wild (Firebirds)
  • Jo Harten (Magic)
  • Nat Medhurst (Fever)

Goal Shooter (GS)

A Goal Shooter must position themselves as best as possible under the goal post and shoot the ball into the netball hoop to score for the team. A GS must also look to secure rebounds from missed attempts.

GS are only allowed in the team’s goal third and goal circle.

Professional Goal Shooters include:

  • Erin Bell (Thunderbirds)
  • Irene van Dyk (Pulse)
  • Jodi Brown (Pulse)
  • Tegan Caldwell (Vixens)
  • Karyn Bailey (Vixens)
  • Caitlin Thwaites (Swifts)
  • Maria Tutala (Mystics)
  • Catherine Latu (Mystics)
  • Amorette Wild (Firebirds)
  • Romelda Aiken (Firebirds)
  • Jo Harten (Magic)
  • Caitlin Bassett (Fever)
  • Nat Medhurst (Fever)

What are the defending positions on a netball court?

Wing Defence (WD)

If the opposition has possession of the ball for the centre pass, Wing Defence needs to stand with their opposing player (WA) and prevent them from receiving the ball. During the game, the WD defends the goal third with the aim of preventing the ball from going through to the opposition’s shooters.

WD is only allowed in the centre third and opposition’s goal third with exception of the goal circle.

Professionals who play Wing Defence:

  • Amy Steel (Thunderbirds)
  • Renae Hallinan (Thunderbirds)
  • Katrina Grant (Pulse)
  • Julie Corletto (Swifts)
  • Sharni Layton (Swifts)
  • Rebecca Bulley (Firebirds)
  • Kim Ravaillion (Firebirds)
  • Shae Brown (Fever)

Goal Defence (GD)

Similar to a WD, if the opposition has possession of the ball for the centre pass, a Goal Defence needs to stand with their opposing player (GA) and prevent them from receiving the ball. Throughout the game, a GD must defend the goal circle, ensuring the opposing shooter can not get a shot at the goal.

GD is only allowed in the center third and goal third (including goal circle).

Professional Goal Defence players include:

  • Amy Steel (Thunderbirds)
  • Eboni Beckford-Chambers (Thunderbirds)
  • Katrina Grant (Pulse)
  • Demelza Fellowes (Tactix)
  • Geva Mentor (Vixens)
  • Bianca Chatfield (Vixens)
  • Julie Corletto (Swifts)
  • Sharni Layton (Swifts)
  • Rebecca Bulley (Firebirds)
  • Laura Geitz (Firebirds)
  • Casey Kopua (Magic)
  • Leana de Bruin (Magic)

Goal Keeper (GK)

A Goal Keeper must defend the GS and prevent the opposition from shooting the ball into the netball hoop to score. A GK must also look to secure rebounds from missed goal attempts.

GK are only allowed in the opposition’s goal third and goal circle.

Professional players who are Goal Keepers:

  • Amy Steel (Thunderbirds)
  • Eboni Beckford-Chambers (Thunderbirds)
  • Katrina Grant (Pulse)
  • Demelza Fellowes (Tactix)
  • Geva Mentor (Vixens)
  • Bianca Chatfield (Vixens)
  • Sharni Layton (Swifts)
  • Rebecca Bulley (Firebirds)
  • Laura Geitz (Firebirds)
  • Casey Kopua (Magic)
  • Leana de Bruin (Magic)

New to netball?

If you are unfamiliar to the game of netball, check out What is Netball for a brief overview, and understand some of the key netball rules with Important netball rules for new players. If you have never played netball but are interested it giving it a go, speak with your school’s netball coach or local netball club as they will be able to assess your strengths and suggest a netball position(s) that would best suit you.