Who are the influencers in Netball?

Who are the influencers in Netball?

Release Date : 31-Aug-2016 | Name : | Category : Netball
Author : Myak Homberger

The purpose of lists

People love lists, we are obsessed by them. From the Forbes rich list to the Worst 10 movies and everything in-between we can’t get enough of them. Some of them are momentary glances that are nothing more than tomorrow’s take away paper but there are many that, like Forbes, are the cornerstone for conversation and dialogue amongst people that are interested in that world.

The magazine was set up to promote women’s sport and those that participated in it at every level and so being involved with Lissted in this ground breaking sphere is the next stage for us in promoting women’s sport. Children have always wanted role models but for the first time we are living in an era where female athletes the world over are becoming role models on a global scale and social media is having a big part to play in this. People want to know what successful athletes are doing 24/7 now and so by creating a list of global influence based on social media data we are not only acknowledging those that are having impact and looking to encourage conversation about the list and its content, but also to raise awareness of those on the list for fans.

Social media and influencers

Social media has radically changed the world as we know it and provides a new and exciting way to compile a list of people of influence in women’s sport. It’s very easy to compile a list of who has the most followers on social media platforms and say they are “influential”. However, to understand who is most likely to wield real influence you need to understand a lot more about who those followers are and how they engage with them.

Adam Parker, Founder of Lissted points out “Simply generating noise on social media doesn’t necessarily indicate influence”. This is what I like about working with Lissted, how their approach seeks to build lists that give true insight into a community, in this case helping to understand the dynamics of women’s sport rather than just produce a list of who has the most followers for example.

Real world considerations

It’s important to note that the analysis is unable to incorporate those who aren’t on social media or do not engage on it. As Adam explains “Ultimately analysis of this type is limited to those individuals who participate online. This will obviously lead to the omission of some people and organisations. However as social media has grown in significance this gap is reducing as online communities increasingly include the majority of those who are influential in the real world.”

The netball analysis we’ve looked at first has a good example of this issue. Molly Rhone has featured in the magazine on a couple of occasions and is one of the most passionate and wonderful people to talk to about sport and Netball. She doesn’t have a Twitter account, at least not that we know of, so she is not considered for inclusion. However, as president of the International Netball Federation her meetings with governments, as well as her input into the policies and grassroots work in countries around the world, would put her firmly at number one on my own personal list.

So like many others in the field in a similar position we will look to make special mention of people that fall into this category and we will be keen to hear from you of people like Molly that should be added to the next edition.

Netball Global Influencer Analysis

Lissted kindly ran two separate analyses. One focussed on who their application ranks as influential based solely on looking at the Twitter relationships and interactions of Northern Hemisphere netball related accounts. The other produced its results based solely on Southern Hemisphere accounts.

Adam explains “Influence is all about relevance and community. We suspected that we’d get very different results if we split the data in this way and so it proved. Having both lists enables you to better understand the nature and reach of someone’s influence. For example Aussie Diamonds Coach, Lisa Alexander ranks very highly at #7 on the Southern Hemisphere list, but doesn’t appear in the Northern Top 100. Equally Netball Superleague 2015 and 2016 Champions Surrey Storm appear at #7 in the Northern Top 100, but don’t appear in the Southern Top 100. Meanwhile the International Netball Federation, despite not appearing in the top 10 of either list is one of only 18 accounts that appear in both, demonstrating its global influence within the game.”

The 18 accounts that appear on both lists are shown in at the end of this article.

Lists are never perfect. For instance where someone is ranked is only based on a snapshot at that moment in time. The more valuable insight is not an individual’s exact position, fun though that is, but the members of the list as a whole. Our desire is to create visibility of those doing a great job of promoting their sport around the world, as well as to promote dialogue on the list to those inside and outside of that given sport.

In what we believe to be a first for women’s sport magazine, it’s a privilege to be involved with Lissted in publishing this list of global influencers of Netball.

A huge thanks to Lissted who help you discover the true influencers in communities. The people and organisations whose influence reaches into the real world, not simply the ones who create noise online about a topic. Identifying the right people is crucial if you want to ensure your content marketing, SEO and reputation management activities are effective. https://lissted.com

Northern Hemisphere

Rank Name Username
1 England Netball England_Netball
2 Sky Sports Netball SkyNetball
3 Manchester Thunder thundernetball
4 HertsMavericks HertsMavericks
5 Vitality NetballSL NetballSL
6 Team Bath Netball TeamBathNetball
7 Surrey Storm SurreyStorm
8 Tamsin Greenway tamsingreenway
9 Gilbert Netball HQ GilbertNetball
10 Yorkshire Jets YorkshireJets
11 Sasha Corbinâ„¢ Sasha_Corbin
12 Netball Europe NetballEurope
13 Tracey Neville traceynev
14 Anna Mayes ENCoach_Mayes
15 Welsh Netball WelshNetball
16 Netball UK NetballUK
17 Lboro Lightning NSL LboroLightning
18 Sara Bayman runlikeforrest
19 Pamela Cookey PamelaCookey
20 Celtic Dragons celtic_dragons
21 Stacey Jayne Francis StcyJyneFrancis
22 Jo Harten Jarten
23 Gary Burgess GaryBurgessIUA
24 Karen Atkinson kazacko
25 Eboni B-Chambers EboniBChambers
26 Anita Navin netballpundit
27 Netball Scotland NetballScotland
28 ANZ Championship ANZChamps
29 Courtside Comments NetballComments
30 Kadeen Corbin Kadeen_Corbin
31 Serena Guthrie serenabob
32 INF IntNetball
33 Netball Australia NetballAust
34 jade clarke jadeyclarke
35 North West Netball NW_Netball
36 Australian Diamonds AussieDiamonds
37 Karen Greig kjgreigy
38 Rachel Shaw RachShaw123
39 Ama Agbeze amaagbeze
40 GevaMentor GevaMentor
41 Netball Magazine ENeditors
42 Helen Housby Helenhousby1
43 Netball New Zealand NetballNZ
44 Dan Ryan DanRyan84
45 Sport England Sport_England
46 Netball South Africa Netball_SA
47 nat haythornthwaite nataliesymone
48 Rachel Dunn rach_dunn
49 Sophia Candappa sophiacandappa
50 Netball America NetballAmerica
51 BBC Sport BBCSport
52 Team Northumbria NSL TN_NSL
53 Lindsay Keable Lindsaylonglegs
54 Netball Scoop NetballScoop
55 Netball East netballeast
56 Mia Ritchie mia_ritchie
57 sonia mkoloma soniaMkoloma
58 England NETS Indoor_Netball
59 Women in Sport Womeninsport_uk
60 Netball South West NetballSW
61 EN Coaching ENCoaching_
62 This Girl Can ThisGirlCanUK
63 Laura Malcolm LauraMalcs1
64 Viper 10 Sportswear Viper10Sports
65 Silver Ferns SilverFernsNZ
66 Netball WestMidlands WestMidsNetball
67 Melissa Hyndman MelissaCoachBsr
68 Sam Meade Sam_EastPPC
69 Netball South Netballsouth
70 DebbieNetball Netballcoachnow
71 Dominoes NetballClub DominoesNC
72 Tallisa Haynes Tallisahaynes
73 WomenSportsNet Wsnet
74 Shaunagh Craig ShaunaghCraig
75 Suzy Drane SuzyDrane
76 Sam Castle samcastle71
77 Netball Buzz netballbuzz
78 Kerry Almond KerryAlmond
79 Anna Carter ACoachcarter
80 jessthirlby jessiegtb
81 sports coach UK sportscoachUK
82 EN_TeamManager EN_TeamManager
83 LondonSENetball LondonSENetball
84 Emma Dovey emdovey91
85 Sach Grant sachgrant
86 Swiss Netball NetballSwitz
87 Jodie Gibson missgibsonx
88 ENSupportersClub ENsupporters
89 Kathryn Ratnapala katratnapala
90 EastMidlands Netball EMNetball
91 Netball First NetballFirst
92 Team England TeamEngland
93 Oldham Netball Club OldhamNetball
94 Julie Corletto JulieCorletto
95 Fast5 World Series Fast5Netball
96 Middlesex Netball Middx_Netball
97 Women's Sport Trust WomenSportTrust
98 Jan Crabtree ENAcademyCoach
99 debbiehallas DebbieHallas
100 Caroline Barker carolinebarker


Southern Hemisphere

Rank Name Username
1 ANZ Championship ANZChamps
2 Netball Australia NetballAust
3 Australian Diamonds AussieDiamonds
4 Liz Ellis LizzyLegsEllis
5 NSW Swifts NSWSwifts
6 Nat Medhurst natmedhurst
7 Lisa Alexander CoachLisaA
8 Melbourne Vixens MelbourneVixens
9 AdelaideThunderbirds AdelaideTBirds
10 Queensland Firebirds FirebirdsQld
11 Sharni Layton Sharni_Layton
12 Laura Geitz LauraFirebirds
13 Netball Nation NetballNation
14 West Coast Fever WestCoastFever
15 Caitlin Bassett CBassNetball
16 MADI ROBINSON madirobinson_
17 Sharelle McMahon SharelleMcMahon
18 Netball New Zealand NetballNZ
19 Kimberlee Green Kimmygee8
20 Bianca Chatfield biancachatfield
21 SKYCITY Mystics northernmystics
22 Ashleigh Brazill ash_braz
23 Netball Scoop NetballScoop
24 Catherine Cox CathCoxy
25 Caitlin Thwaites CaitlinThwaites
26 GevaMentor GevaMentor
27 Renae Ingles RenaeIngles
28 Shae Brown shaejbolton
29 Kimberley Ravaillion kimberley138
30 Erin Bell erin_bell77
31 Susan Pettitt SusanSwifts
32 Sue Gaudion SueGaudion
33 Julie Corletto JulieCorletto
34 Mo'onia - Monâ Mon_Star9
35 Silver Ferns SilverFernsNZ
36 Kate Palmer KatePalmer_CEO
37 Southern Steel SteelNetball
38 Maria Tutaia MariaTutaia
39 Official Netball NSW NetballNSW
40 Dan Ryan DanRyan84
41 Netball Victoria netballvic
42 Chelsea Locke ChelseaPitman
43 England Netball England_Netball
44 Netball WA NetballWA
45 INF IntNetball
46 Casey Kopua caseymay04
47 Jane W-Thompson janewthompson
48 Catherine Tuivaiti Kat_Latu
49 Sarah Wall SarahLWall
50 Demelza Fellowes DemMcCloud
51 Netball America NetballAmerica
52 Fast5 World Series Fast5Netball
53 Nat von Bertouch NatvonBertouch
54 April Brandley aprilletton
55 Gilbert Netball HQ GilbertNetball
56 Gretel Tippett gretskies11
57 Sarah Allen sarahpallen_
58 Official Tactix Page TactixNetball
59 Sky Sports Netball SkyNetball
60 Paige Hadley PaigeHadley2
61 Sport For Women SportForWomen
62 Australian Sport Ausport
63 Katrina Grant Katrinagrant7
64 Netball SA NetballSA
65 Jo Harten Jarten
66 FOX SPORTS Australia FOXSportsAUS
67 ABC Grandstand abcgrandstand
68 SKY Sport NZ skysportnz
69 Gabi Simpson gabs_simo
70 TEN Sport tensporttv
71 KateBeveridge KateBevNetball
72 Tegan Philip teganphilip
73 Gilbert Netball GILBERT_NETBALL
74 Verity Simmons VeritySimmons
75 ASICS Australia ASICSaustralia
76 Netball South Africa Netball_SA
77 Karyn Bailey KarynLBailey
78 Magic WBOPMagic
79 Rebecca Williams BecHeraldSun
80 Kayla Cullen KaylaCullen12
81 Netball Tasmania NetballTasmania
82 Courtney Tairi CourtneyTairi
83 Pulse Netball PulseNetball
84 Abbey McCulloch Abbey_McCulloch
85 FOX SPORTS News FOXSportsNews
86 Netball Singapore Netball_SG
87 Nadine Cohen NadineCohen1
88 Wendy Frew wenzfrew
89 AWRA auswomensport
90 Julie Fitzgerald julie__fitz
91 Annie Sargeant AnnieSargeant
92 Jo Weston joweston142
93 Netball ACT NetballACT
94 Karen Stocks KazStocks
95 Damien Stannard dstanno
96 Qantas Wallabies qantaswallabies
97 Tamsin Greenway tamsingreenway
98 Jodi Brown browniejodi
99 Netball Foundation NetballFndation
100 #VISRoadtoRio VicInstSport


Both Northern and Southern Hemisphere

Northern Rank Southern Rank Name Username
28 1 ANZ Championship ANZChamps
33 2 Netball Australia NetballAust
36 3 Australian Diamonds AussieDiamonds
1 43 England Netball England_Netball
43 18 Netball New Zealand NetballNZ
2 59 Sky Sports Netball SkyNetball
9 55 Gilbert Netball HQ GilbertNetball
40 26 GevaMentor GevaMentor
32 45 INF IntNetball
54 23 Netball Scoop NetballScoop
44 40 Dan Ryan DanRyan84
22 65 Jo Harten Jarten
65 35 Silver Ferns SilverFernsNZ
50 51 Netball America NetballAmerica
8 97 Tamsin Greenway tamsingreenway
46 76 Netball South Africa Netball_SA
94 33 Julie Corletto JulieCorletto
95 52 Fast5 World Series Fast5Netball


  • Credit: England NetballCredit: England Netball
  • Credit: England NetballCredit: England Netball
  • Credit: England NetballCredit: England Netball
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