Subtitle: Netball Gems 1
By: Bernadette Hellard
Illustrated by: Lisa Gibbs
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Random House Australia
Published: 03 Aug 2015
ISBN: 9780857987631


Meet Maddy and her friends from the Gems!

Maddy can't wait to play her first game of netball with her new team. She's been training hard and is eager to try out her skills. But Maddy's excitement soon turns to nerves when she realises that things might not go exactly as she imagined. What position will coach Janet put her in? What if she gets asked to sit on the bench? Suddenly, the netball courts are the last place Maddy wants to be!

Perhaps some inspiration from one of the Australian Diamonds players will finally get Maddy hooked on netball!


Maddy is just learning to play netball and her team will be playing their first game after weeks of training. She is very excited, but also nervous as she realises how much harder it is to play than train.

With help from her coach and all her team mates, Maddy gets better each week. When her Mum gets tickets to the Australian Diamonds vs New Zealand Silver Ferns, Maddy gets to meet her idol, Madison Robinson, the Australian Wing Attack. Maddy is well and truly hooked on netball!

This book is perfect for all your budding netballers with a great story and interesting characters.

It also has a player profile and great netball drills to improve your game.

Best suited to netball fans in Year 3 and up, this is the first book in a new series.

Reviewed by Michelle