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Netball - 15. March 2010.

Whipping Welsh netball into shape

It's a midweek evening at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff - and several hundred spectators, mostly under 25, mostly female, are making as much noise as their team can decently expect.

Celtic Dragons in action
Celtic Dragons are the only Welsh club in netball's Superleague

But should they expect more? Netball is, after all, the most-played women's team sport in Wales - and this side, the Celtic Dragons, is the top team in Wales, the country's only representatives in the Superleague which also includes seven English teams and one from Scotland.

Things have been better in terms of the world rankings, though, and, after a disappointing year in 2009, Welsh netball has copied its rugby counterparts and drafted in a New Zealander.


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