Whilst the Netball Scoop brand came into existence in 2011, its origins began a decade earlier.
Sportline.co.nz was set up by a Kiwi, Sandy Joblin, in January 2001. It was a sports website dedicated to New Zealand sportswomen and covered rugby, cricket, netball and news about various other Kiwi athletes. There was an active forum and netball was one of the categories.
It wasn’t long before the site was overrun by netball lovers who only had the Netball New Zealand message board, Netball Australia forum and ABC TV message board with which to communicate. Sandy took a leap of faith and created a separate netball-only forum.
Around 2003 the netball forum became so popular that the netballonline.com site was born. Sandy, with the help of a few members, started putting together player profiles as the site continued to grow. So much so that it took up considerable time and a UK member offered to take over the site and run it as it was. But unfortunately he didn’t.
Sandy received an SOS shortly after to set up a new netball home. From there, netballonline.net was quickly hatched. Members flocked to Sandy’s new site and due to inactivity and netballonline.com disappeared completely.
In Adelaide, in 2011, Tanya Ahrens was putting the finishing touches to Netball Scoop, a news-based netball site. It was then that Sandy and Tanya discussed the opportunity to combine the two.
The first edition of the ‘Lift’ magazine was produced in November 2012, and by February 2013 the incorporation of the netballonline.net forum into Netball Scoop was complete.
As netball has continued to grow commercially, so has Scoop. Tanya saw the need for further expansion behind the scenes and in October 2016 endorsed the materialising of a committee, comprising of dedicated Scoop contributors to ensure the longevity and growth of the brand.