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Gilbert Rugby Brand Established

1823
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Basketball is modified to create womens basketball

1893
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Womens basketball is introduced in England by Martina Bergman-Österberg

1893
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Womens Basketball arrives in Australia

1897
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sport aquires new name of 'Netball' (in England) and The first codified rules are published in England

1900
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Women's basketball arrives in New Zealand from Australia

1906
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Netball is played in schools in Jamaica

1909
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First National Netball Association is formed by New Zealand (New Zealand Womens Basketball Association)

1924
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All England Netball Association is created

1926
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All Australia Women's Basketball Association formed

1927
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First ever Contested game is played between Australia & NewZealand ( 40–11 ) still called womens basketball

1938
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Wheelchair Netball is Introduced

1949
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England played Scotland and Wales in the first international matches of "netball" England winning 25–3 in both games

1949
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Jamaica Netball Association formed

1957
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England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka & The West Indies establish unifying international rules for netball

1960
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international body was also formed to govern the sport globally, called the International Federation of Women's Basketball and Netball (now the International Netball Federation (INF))

1960
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First ever Netball World Championships take place in Eastbourne, England. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) England (Third)

1963
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2nd Netball World Championships Perth, Australlia. New Zealand (1st) Australia (2nd) South Africa (3rd)

1967
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NZ & Australia officially adopt name of sport from womens basketball to netball

1970
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3rd Netball World Championsiphs Kingston, Jamaica. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) England (3rd)

1971
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4th Netball world championships Auckland, New Zealand. Australia (1st) England (2nd) New Zealand (3rd)

1975
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5th Netball World Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Joint 1st Position; Australia, New Zealand, Trinidad & Tobago

1979
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6th Netball World Championships Sinapore City, Singapore. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Trinidad & Tobago (3rd)

1983
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Netball Included in the World Games for the first time

1985
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World Games London, England. New Zealand (1st) Australia (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

1985
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7th Netball World Championships Glasgow, Scotland. New Zealand (1st) Trinidad & Tobago, and Australia (2nd)

1987
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First ever World Youth Championships in Canberra (u21) Winner: Australia

1988
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World Games Karlsruhe, Germany. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Great Britain (3rd)

1989
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In the 1990's Gilbert Rugby Introduce Netball Brand 'Gilbert Netball' which has rapidly grown to be one of the most established netball brands worldwide

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Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand. netball was included in the programme as a demonstration sport.

1990
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8th Netball World Championships Sydney, Australia. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

1991
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2nd World Youth Championships Suva, Fiji. Winner: New Zealand

1992
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World Games Den Haag, The Netherlands. The Last Time Netball was included in the World Games. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

1993
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Gilbert Netball sponsor first ball for Netball world championship in Birmingham, England. Gilbert also Sponsor clothing for England, Canada, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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9th Netball World Championships Birmingham, England. Australia (1st) South Africa (2nd) New Zealand (3rd)

1995
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3rd World Youth Championships Toronto, Canada. Winner: Australia

1996
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First Elite Netball competition the 'Commonwealth Bank Trophy' started in Australia with limited coverage & Highlights televised on ABC Sport

1997
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Gilbert Sponsor Ball for Common Wealth Games along with Clothing for England.

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New Zealand introduced its first elite domestic competition the 'Coca-Cola Cup'

1998
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Netball becomes competitive sport for the first time, in Commonwealth games in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) England (3rd)

1998
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Gilbert Sponsor Ball for Netball World Championships along with clothing for England & Wales

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10th Netball World Championships Christchurch, New Zealand. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) England (3rd)

1999
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4th World Youth Championships Cardiff, Wales. Winner: Australia

2000
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First Netball Elite League Starts in England the 'Fisher & Paykel Super Cup'

2001
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Netball New Zealand change name of Elite League to 'National Bank Cup' (NBC) receiving wide media coverage

2002
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Commonwealth Games Manchester, England. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

2002
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11th Netball World Championships Kingston, Jamaica. New Zealand (1st) Australia (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

2003
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Gilbert and INF Establish partnership

2004
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Gilbert developed the revolutionary new Xact 7 grip pattern that provided genuine improvements in handling for netball and resulted in Gilbert ball being selected by the INF for the 2005 World Youth Championships.

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5th World Youth Championships Fort Lauderdale, USA. Winner: New Zealand

2005
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Britain Replace 'Fisher & Paykel Super Cup' with Netball Super League (NSL) starting with eight teams, seven from England and one from Wales

2005
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Following the development of a specific strategy for netball leading (Australia & NZ) Switch to using Gilbert Netballs.

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Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. New Zealand (1st) Australia (2nd) England (3rd)

2006
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Netball Superleague televised on Sky Sports for first time attracting an overall netball viewing audience of 2.5 million people after its first year

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First ever Nations cup takes place in Singapore (1st) featuring Papua New Guinea (2nd), Scotland (3rd) and Canada

2006
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Jamaica Netball Sign new Clothing Deal with Gilbert Netball

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12th Netball World Championships Auckjland, New Zealand. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

2007
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Gilbert sponsor ball for Netball World Championships and Clothing for Botswana, Jamaica, Malawi and South Africa National Teams

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Second Nations Cup at Toa Payoh Sports Hall, Singapore. Featured Singapore (1st) Canada (5th), Northern Ireland (3rd) , Sri Lanka (4th) and Trinidad & Tobago (2nd) .

2007
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Elite competitions in Australia (CBT) & NZ (NBC) replaced by combined domestic competition the 'ANZ Championships'. For the first time, all matches were telecast live in both countries. Player salaries were increased to a point where the sport is now semi-professional in both countries.

2008
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Nations Cup Featuring Papua New Guinea (1st) Botswana (2nd) Singapore (5th) Samoa (3rd) and Sri Lanka (4th) .

2008
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Fast5 Netball Format Announced by INF

2008
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Scottish team added to British Netball Super League

2008
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Netball World Rankings developed by INF

2008
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A campaign in England was started for netball to be included as a demonstration sport at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, which was supported by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown

2008
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Revolutionary new designs of officials kit and balls were launched by Gilbert for Fast5

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First Fast5 Netball world series takes place in Manchester, England featuring the top 6 ranked countries (according to INF)

2009
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6th World Youth Championships Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Winner: Australia

2009
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Nations Cup featuring Northern Ireland (1st) Scotland (2nd) Singapore, Canada (3rd) Malaysia and Tanzania

2009
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INF announce changes to fast5 rules

2009
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Gilbert Netball Launch Footwear Range

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Commonwealth Games Dehli, India. New Zealand (1st) Australia (2nd England (3rd)

2010
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Gilbert are Official ball sponsor for event and sponsor clothing for Malawi and Barbados National Teams

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Nations Cup featuring Scotland (1st) Wales (2nd) Tanzania (3rd) Singapore, Namibia and India

2010
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Some of Netballs leading stars join Gilbert Netball as ambassadors - Irene Van Dyk, Sharelle McMahon

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13th Netball World Championships, Singapore. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) England (3rd)

2011
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Gilbert Sponsor Netball World Championship Ball and Clothing for Botswana, Jamaica, Malawi, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago and Wales

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Nations Cup Featuring Fiji (1st) Singapore (2nd) Malaysia (3rd) Namibia Sri Lanka Papua New Guinea

2011
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INF Choose Gilbert to supply officials uniforms.

2011
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Nations Cup Tanzania (1st) Malaysia (2nd) Namibia (3rd) Sri Lanka Singapore Ireland

2012
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7th World Youth Championships Glasgow, Scotland. Winners: New Zealand

2013
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Nations Cup featuring Uganda (1st) Singapore (2nd) Papua New Guinea (3rd) Sri Lanka Ireland United States

2013
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Gilbert Netball are chosen as official Ball Sponsor for the Event and sponsor clothing for Barbados, Malawi and Scotland

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Commonwealth Games Glasgow, Scotland. Australia (1st) New Zealand (2nd) Jamaica (3rd)

2014
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Nations Cup Featuring Samoa (1st) Singapore (2nd) Botswana (3rd) Malaysia Papua New Guinea Ireland

2014
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Gilbert chosen as official Ball sponsor for AUS & NZ Elite League (ANZ Championship) England Elite League (NSL) Jamaica Elite League (BEL) and South Africa Elite League (Brutal Fruit Cup)

2015
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Gilbert chosen as official ball sponsor for Netball World Cup 2015

2015
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Gilbert become official partners and Ball sponsor for England Netball

2015
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Gilbert Sign England National Shooter Jo Harten, and New Zealand National Shooter Catherine Latu

2015