The Marie Little OAM Shield is an annual tournament that provides women with an intellectual disability the chance to compete at a national level. Marie Little OAM was the founder of Sport Inclusion Australia (formerly known as AUSRAPID) in 1986 and dedicated her working life to improve the lives of people with an intellectual disability, using the medium of sport. Renaming the event in her name was an honour of her work within the netball community. The inaugural Marie Little OAM Shield began in 2013 with three teams contesting the title. In 2016, Western Australia and Queensland were invited to enter teams in to the competition.Find out more
The Marie Little OAM Shield is a national competition for girls aged 16 and over with an intellectual disability. The inaugural Marie Little OAM Shield began in 2013 with three teams contesting the title. In 2016, Western Australia and Queensland were invited to enter teams in to the competition.
The Marie Little OAM Shield is a female only competition unless otherwise specified by Netball Australia. Definitions of athlete eligibility for the Marie Little OAM Shield shall be: Age Eligibility: All participants must be aged 16 years or older in the year the competition is held. Eligibility: Players competing in the Marie Little OAM Shield must complete the Sport Inclusion Australia MLS eligibility form.
2023 Information and Application
Please view the position descriptions below before applying for Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Apprentice Coaches and Team Manager roles.
Applications for the 2023 Marie Little Shield are now closed
Please make sure to check the location of each session as they differ.
|Wednesday 21 June||Applications open - players and officials|
|Monday 26 June||Applications close - officials|
|Thursday 29 June||Applications close - players|
|Sunday 2 July||9am to 11am Trial 1 - skills|
|Sunday 9 July||9am to 11am Trial 2 - match play|
|Wednesday 12 July||Players and Officials notified and announced|
|Sunday 23 July||Induction Day: Fitness and skills, education and expectations|
|Sunday 30 July||9am to 11am Training Session 1|
|Sunday 6 August||9am to 11am Training Session 2|
|Sunday 13 August||Match Play: Metro Development Carnival|
|Sunday 20 August||9am to 11am Training Session 3|
|Sunday 27 August||Match Play: Southside Demons Carnival|
|Sunday 3 September||9am to 11am Training Session 4|
|Sunday 10 September||9am to 11am Training Session 5|
|Sunday 17 September||9am to 11am Training Session 6|
|Sunday 24 September||Rest Weekend|
|Sunday 1 October||9am to 11am Training Session 7|
|Sunday 8 October||Match Play: Fever in Time Cup|
|Sunday 15 October||9am to 11am Training Session 8|
|Sunday 22 October||9am to 11am Training Session 9|
Competition dates and venue to be confirmed by Netball Australia.