What a nail-biting week of netball we’ve just had. Ups were quickly followed by lows and the number of netballers on crutches and with ice strapped to their legs increased every day!

The pain of watching as girls jumped up, landed awkwardly on the ground, and then had to be carried from the court was the same no matter which team they came from and, I imagine, was only made worse if the player was your daughter.

Each game was intense and each team played to win, and there was some great netball played! The winners at the end weren’t just the teams with the medals and trophies but the ones that knew they’d given it all they had.

My only criticism of the whole week – airhorns! Can someone please ban the noisy bloody things? The closest I’ve ever come to suffering from migraine was after 40 minutes of sitting too close to an over-enthusiastic spectator and no way to escape it other than leave the building and miss the game.


The teams with the medals and trophies were:

Under 17s

Winners: Victoria

Runners up: NSW

Third place: South Australia

Under 19s

Winners: Queensland

Runners up: Victoria

Third place: South Australia

Here’s a link to the amazing players selected to the Australian 17s Development Squad and 19s Squad

And some match reports from the Final and Grand Final games.

That’s it for another year. Families, friends and assorted other spectators are probably home now resting their voices and putting their horns, drums, bells and streamers away for another year.

2015: Sydney!








An online paper, that is. Then, because I wanted world news and local news, I started another one.

Now, I’m the happy editor of Women In Sport (Australian women’s sport) and Under the Net (women’s sport news from around the world).

The two papers are developed through PaperLi using online content sources that I search for and attach to my accounts. Each can have 25 sources so every few weeks, I change them around depending on who is providing loads of news and who is not.

I currently use the free versions, but am considering upgrading one of them. I’m keeping an eye on the stats to see which is most popular and, therefore, worthy of my hard earned cash. The benefits of an upgrade are that 1. more customisation ability and 2. I can monetise.

Why women’s sports news?

Simply put, there is not enough of it! If we only followed local/international news services, we might be fooled into thinking that men’s sport was the only option and women’s sport was a sideline. Nothing peeves me more than the thought that I’m being sidelined because I’m a woman.

I want to see as many sport highlights for women on the local news as there are for men. I want national sport teams given air time because they’re important, not because they’re the men’s teams.

I want to not have to stipulate, “women’s sport”!

It would also be extremely nice to not have women’s bodies wantonly objectified in sport advertising, but that’s a much larger topic far greater than sports equality.

Why Twitter?

I’m fairly active on Twitter; retweeting sports news from around the world whether it be for national teams or club level competitions. Twitter is easy, always changing, and I can do it from my phone while I’m watching the telly or waiting in a queue. I’m in Australia so early mornings and evenings are good for northern hemisphere updates and late afternoon into the evening is good for the Aussies.

My main focus is netball, but only because that’s the sport I’m around the most via my daughter who plays lots of netball and trains constantly.

Let’s connect!

You can follow me on Twitter (@TrishAnders) and subscribe to my papers (or just follow the link on my Twitter feed when they pop up). If you’d like me to retweet your news and updates on women’s sport, just let me know and I’ll keep an eye out for you. I’m interested in everything from grass roots games to professional competitions to articles promoting women’s involvement in sport (playing, coaching, umpiring, organisational news, media reports).

My goal is to get more people following women’s sports and more women’s sports reporting on mainstream news and sports shows. Why don’t you come along for the ride?




http://www.usanetball.org Netball in America! Who would have thought? But they have no corporate sponsorship and are relying on donations to compete internationally….

http://www.netballscotland.com/hundredhelps  This is a great idea for fundraising.


Is Twitter not quite as useful as you thought it would be? I’ve been using social media for a few years now and have worked out a few tips worth sharing about Twitter.

Though I started off thinking Twitter a waste of time, I’ve found it receives the fastest responses and contact with people who will share information, and thank you for sharing as well.

The thing is; you have to be consistent, relative, and constant. Being polite and considerate really works too.
Retweet freely

  • The people you retweet will often retweet the same post again, but this time with your tag included
  • They will often thank you for your retweet or mention. If they do this by retweeting, your tag is mentioned again
  • Check the post and/or link you are retweeting. I won’t RT an image that I think is demeaning or in any way inappropriate to my target audience. I like to know the links work and the article they link to is worthwhile reading
  • Avoid retweeting obvious advertising – while some will be okay, with others you’ll be adding to their spamming. You want to share worthwhile information so that you are seen as a reliable source.

Share articles and news

  • Make some original posts by sharing links to articles that you’ve read, events you’ve heard about or any other tidbit you think your audience might like to know about. This varies the types of posts you contribute and makes you more interesting. It also aids in increasing your credibility
  • Vet what you are going to share to make sure that the message it sends is the type of message you want to be associated with
  • Create a blog and write your own articles. Set up your blog so that new posts are automatically tweeted. Repeat links to your articles over a few days or weeks to increase your total viewers. Remember not everyone is on Twitter 24/7 (not even me) and a lot of your posts will be missed by a lot of your followers


Social Dashboards

If you have multiple Twitter accounts (I have two targeting different audiences for different purposes) then setting up a Social Dashboard through Hootsuite or Tweetdeck (or any other similar) account is going to be handy as hell.

  • You can follow all accounts almost simultaneously without having to log out of one to check another
  • You can schedule posts so that not everything is coming out at the same time (this gives your presence longevity without you actually having to be online)
  • You can schedule posts so that you reach across time zones. In Australia (where I am), I read and post to UK audiences in the evening. Local audiences are active in the morning and afternoon. If I have something for both, I’ll post in the morning and evening
  • I haven’t worked out how to do that from my phone yet though so sometimes my posts come out within seconds of each other over half an hour or so (sorry for the bombarding)


Is it worth it? 

That depends on your purpose for tweeting or using social media in general.

If you’re trying to create awareness of yourself, your product, or your cause and there’s a potential audience out there in tweet-land, then it’s a resounding yes.

If you want to keep up with situations, breaking-stories as they happen, then yes again. Headlines are posted to Twitter faster than they can be presented on television or in a newspaper. You do need to be using Twitter off and on over the course of the day though.

If you want to meet like-minded people from around the world, then yes. I’ve made a couple of Twitter friends and acquaintances. It’s nice recognising people and having a quick chat.

If you want to use it to keep in touch with friends… I’d go to Facebook. But that could just be me as very few of my friends or family are on Twitter.


  • As with anything, don’t believe all you read on Twitter
  • If you get a Direct Message from someone (even if you know the person who sent it) and all that’s there is a link – don’t click on it. It’s more than likely a virus
  • Check who you follow and who starts following you. If you want quality audience and posts to retweet, avoid scammers and people who don’t provide a description. You don’t have to follow back everyone
  • What you say on Twitter stays in the cyber verse forever (apparently) so don’t repeat gossip or talk trashy or share inappropriate images or they will become part of your reputation
  • There’s been a lot of talk about trolls lately (people who make inappropriate and usually pretty darn rude posts that personally attack others). Ignore them. They are not worth your time or energy in any way, shape or form.


Twitter can be like talking to friends and acquaintances; you can pick up information that is valuable, interesting or just plain funny. Share it around when you can – we all enjoy a good story.











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Latest post: Military Insignia on gravestones

via Welcome.

Clasped Hands.

This is an article on the symbolism of clasped hands engraved on a headstone. I think it’s kind of romantic…

January Rains

Sydney (and indeed most of the east coast of Australia) has shed itself of sunshine and blue skies in exchange for monsoonal hues of grey. It seems we’ve swapped the deadly heat and bush fires of last week for rain, rain and more rain. Some parts have gale-force winds too, but they haven’t reached Sydney as yet (thankfully). The rain on its own is peaceful. It’s the wind that gives it an edge of violence.

We managed a fine Australia Day for which the nation is always happy about. Parties, BBQs, concerts, and fireworks aren’t nearly as enjoyable when it’s wet. I work in events and Australia Day is our busiest period. We are all ecstatic that the weeks/months of hard work to present outdoor concerts, market stalls and fireworks have not been spoiled. Last year, we had to end the concert early because of rain. A few years ago, we had to cancel fireworks due to a total fire ban and gusty winds. Over the last 12 years, I’ve spent Australia Day sweating, shivering, wet, dry, heat affected, and covered in a fine film of salt and sand (our main concert is on a beach). The common denominator over the whole period is sore feet and exhaustion. This year, I coordinated a smaller section of the day which was entirely indoors. I escaped the weather, but not the sore feet.

This rain is meant to see January out and welcome February in. Our hottest and driest time of year is seems to be turning into our wettest. I wonder if it’s a result of the drought breaking. Surely, years of extreme drought can not be washed away in just one season of rain (that being last summer). It must have longer reaching effects than that. Perhaps, we only think that January & February are hot and dry because during the drought, they were. I can’t really remember what the seasons were like before that; except that Christmas is traditionally overcast and often showery.

Weather is much too complex and the patterns too varied to be completely predictable.

Let’s just appreciate the rain while we have it. Hope we don’t get too much wind. And pray that those people caught in the floods up north find safety and a dry place to lay their heads tonight.

I plan to spend the last remaining hours of our Australia Day weekend, skimming through notes, working on a story, and then perhaps curling up on the sofa with a cup of coffee and a good book listening to the rain outside.



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