Lesley Rumball

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Lesley Rumball
Personal information
Full name Lesley Rumball (née Nicol)
Born (1973-05-09) 9 May 1973 (age 44)
Invercargill, New Zealand
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Occupation Sports and exercise medicine registrar
Winner of the George Pitsis trophy at the
2011 Australasian College of Sports Physicians
registrar conference.
Netball career
Playing position(s): WD, C
Last updated: 31 May 2010

Lesley Marie Rumball ONZM (née Nicol, born 9 May 1973)[1] is a former New Zealand netball player. Rumball played with the New Zealand national netball team, the Silver Ferns, from 1993 to 2005. She represented New Zealand in 109 tests to become the second most capped player in Silver Ferns history behind Irene van Dyk. Rumball played as a midcourt defender during her top-level netball career, before her retirement in 2006.

Silver Ferns career[edit]

Rumball debuted for the national team, the Silver Ferns, in 1993. During her time with the Silver Ferns, she played in three Netball World Championships (1995, 1999, 2003) and two Commonwealth Games (1998, 2002). She was co-captain of the Silver Ferns with Bernice Mene from 1999 to 2001 and 2003 to 2004; she was also vice-captain in 1998, 2002 and 2005.[2]

Domestic netball[edit]

Rumball played for the Otago Rebels in the National Bank Cup in 1998, with the Rebels winning the title that season. The following year she changed to Southern Sting in 1999, under coach Robyn Broughton. With the Sting she also won Cup titles every year from 1999 to 2004, and 2nd place in 2005 and 2006. She also became Sting captain in 2003 after Bernice Mene retired from all levels of netball.

Rumball retired from the Silver Ferns in 2005 and the Southern Sting in 2006.

Outside of netball[edit]

She married Chris Rumball, who is also a doctor. She and her husband travelled overseas following her retirement from top-level netball, living two years in the United Kingdom followed by a year at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. She subsequently moved back to New Zealand to continue her career in sports medicine.[3]

In the 2004 New Year Honours Rumball was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to netball.[4]


  1. ^ Granville, Alan (22 June 2005). "Silver Ferns v Australia profiles". One Sport (online). Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  2. ^ One Sport (4 March 2005). "Rumball out of England series". TVNZ (online). Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ Egan, Brendon (31 May 2010). "Ex-Silver fern busier than ever". The Southland Times. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  4. ^ New Year Honours List 2004. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 7 July 2013.