MENTION men's netball and the average sporting bloke might think of a Cinderella sport for blokes who can't cut it in the real thing.
The real thing being basketball, of course.
It might be the perception and the perception once might have been right, but now there's a pathway travelled more and more.
It's a path Matt Porter took.
"I play basketball," he said.
"A friend, Andrew Watson, asked me if I could fill in for someone at a netball game.
"He said 'It's fun, it's enjoyable.' I didn't believe him.
"I said 'guys don't play netball'."
Porter is still a basketballer.
"I play state league, which is a high level," he said of his Springwood Scorchers team.
Porter is also the development officer for Springwood Basketball Club.
But he straddles both courts, as it were.
He's a netballer good enough to be chosen in the Australian senior men's team that will play in the world titles in South Africa in October.
"You adjust pretty quickly," he said of switching from one court to the other, and "it's growing" of the 70 players who now play in the men's competition.
"I play for Darlinghurst," he said of his team.
Why the travel to that club?
"It's beneficial for my game."
Their nickname? "The Dragons". Natch.
Porter is one for making switches.
He's studying to be a primary school teacher and used to be a chef.
The world titles are growing: hosts South Africa, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, Fiji and Samoa are among the teams competing and the Sydney finals will be played just before departure, and Porter's Dragons are running second.