New ROLE for Netball

PRESS – Bali Advertiser, Hectors Diary – Feb 5, 2014

Netballers have always been vaguely worrying. Their skill at stopping dead when they get the ball – since unlike basketball you can’t run with it – is a complete mystery to people (such as your diarist) whose own sport is of a different sort entirely and requires you to run with the ball until a lot of very hefty boys push you into the mud and sit on you. Furthermore, netballers are all but exclusively girls who (lovely creatures though they may be) you wouldn’t want to risk putting offside.

So of course we snapped to attention the other day when Bec Hamer of the Bali Flames netball club got on to us about a new fundraising scheme the club’s put together to support the ROLE Foundation.

The Flames have been going from strength to strength. Last year’s annual international invitational attracted 10 teams from Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Indonesia. This year 16 teams are down to compete including interest from New Zealand. That Auckland-Bali Air NZ service is clearly paying dividends.

The club, like many in Bali, has a strong commitment to community service. The Flames chose the ROLE Foundation, whose founder is social entrepreneur Mike O’Leary, because it focuses on empowering and educating disadvantaged Balinese women.

Bec tells us the Flames have handed over a donation of Rp5.2 million from their netball tournament last year. She visited ROLE and spoke with O’Leary recently and is impressed with its training program that teaches young women aged 18-21 computer and hospitality skills in cooperation with the international hotel sector.

“It is truly an amazing place where it is wonderful seeing people making a difference,” she says. We agree. This is also one instance in which you could permit your latent pyromania a brief outing and say may the Flames get higher and higher.

Must catch a game sometime, too.

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Richard Laidlaw | The Bukit Bali / Busselton WA Australia | | Twitter – @scratchings | Email –

The ROLE Foundation – Proudly supported by The Bali Flames

On Thursday January the 24, Bec was fortunate to visit the ROLE Foundation and present them with a donation of Rp 5 200 000 – which was raised from the Annual Netball Invitational Tournament we held last year in 2013. The funds were presented to Mike O’Leary, the founder; who is a passionate crusader for women’s empowerment and has created a foundation that has now also become dear to the hearts of The Bali Flames Netball Club (learn more about ROLE and how you can support them by visiting there website
The Role Team

Some of the young woman who have been awarded scholarships to the ROLE hospitality program

Bec was able to see first hand at how The ROLE Foundation is making an impact on the lives of several young women, who are able to board on site and have been awarded scholarships where they participate in the ROLE hospitality trainee-ship program. The tables were turned where Bec (who is a teacher herself), became the student and participated in an English and computer class, along with having a tour of their natural fabric dye and weaving workshop, waste management and permaculture site and their organic garden.


The ROLE class room

The Mission Statement of ROLE was evident in every facet of their campus and programs that are being delivered.

Mission Statement o ROLE:

ROLE seeks to help these unskilled disadvantaged women by providing accessible basic education and vocational training. ROLE works to increase the employment opportunities available to women from poor communities by providing ac­cessible education, vocational training,and  job placement  as well as assistance in starting up eco-friendly micro businesses.


Recent graduates of the ROLE traineeship program

The Bali Flames Netball Club are looking forward to developing a relationship with ROLE where we are able to suppourt the foundation’s women’s education program and help to foster women’s empowerment here in Bali.

Bec presents the donation check from The Bali Flames

Bec presents the donation check from The Bali Flames


Its all smiles


Bali hosted its biggest ever international netball tournament on 19 October, with 11 teams from Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Indonesia battling it out to take home the 2013 ‘Netball in Paradise’ champion’s trophy.

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The tournament, which has been held at Bali International School annually since 2007, was a full-day round-robin with simultaneous games on three courts throughout the day, providing spectators with constant action on the court. The competition was fierce but it was the Atua team representing the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Singapore – undefeated in all 10 games – who won the champion’s trophy.

The Bangkok Barbarians were runners-up and another Singapore team, Just 4 Fun, came in third. Of Bali’s two teams, the Seminyak Fireflies went home with the Wooden Spoon trophy while the Sanur Dragons placed a more respectable eighth.

“Netball was the winner on the day,” said Bali Flames president and tournament organiser Rebecca Hamer. “This tournament was our biggest yet. Bali has annual rugby and Australian Rules tournaments that draw teams from around Australia and Asia, and now the women are getting the opportunity to ‘go on tour’ as well! We just had teams from Darwin and Perth here in August, and we are already getting enquiries from other teams who are happy to use netball as an excuse to escape for a long weekend to Bali,” said Rebecca. “After the netball, it’s always on to shopping, massages and a girl’s night out!”

The tournament was followed by an awards presentation dinner at the new Red Drum restaurant in Kerobokan. Trophies were presented to the winning team (and the last-placed Seminyak Fireflies), along with Player of the Day, Mel XXX from the victorious Atua team, and runner-up, Genevieve XXX from Bangkok Barbarians. A raffle was also held at the dinner, with a portion of proceeds going to R.O.L.E Foundation to help disadvantaged women in Bali get access to vocational training and job opportunities in the tourism sector, to break their poverty cycle.

The event was sponsored by a number of Bali-based businesses including Glo Day Spa, Roxy, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali, BizNET Internet, Sheeka Swimwear, Duck Duck Goose, Villa Laut, Prana Spa, Kevala Home, Merah Putih restaurant, The Villas Seminyak, Fatbu Homewares, Lacalaca restaurant, Bali Learn to Surf, Easytees, Outdoor Fitness and Plan A.

The Bali Flames Netball Club play socially at the Bali International School every Tuesday night from 6-7pm. New players are welcome. The Club is serious about not taking netball too serious. For information, contact or go to

What is Netball?

Predominantly a Commonwealth Nations’ sport, netball is the pre-eminent women’s sport in Australia and New Zealand. It is also popular in other former British colonies, such as Canada, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka. A non-contact sport roughly similar in characteristics to basketball; there are goal rings at each end and a ‘centre’ circle at which play begins after each goal, but netball does not allow bouncing, contacting, obstructing or running with the ball. It is a fast-paced, strategic game with high scoring.

Congrats to NZZCC Atua


Well it is finally over – the Bali Flames Netball Invitational had it’s biggest yer yet with 11 teams from Singapore Thailand, Australia and Indonesia playing 10 games each in 30 degree heat…….. Congrats to NZZCC Atua who won the whole event and Thank you to Pam, Jessie and Tamara for helping put the whole day together….. Can’t wait til next year!!!!!!