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The Original brand Gilbert is derived from William Gilbert (1799-1877) who had a boot and shoemakers shop in the high street next to Rugby School and started making rugby balls for the school out of hand stitched, four-panel, leather casings and real pigs' bladders.

In the 1990s Gilbert launched their first ever netball range and has rapidly grown to be one of the most established netball brands worldwide.

Gilbert was acquired in 2002 by Grays and continues to lead the way in ball technology and design, and to maintain the high standards set by James Gilbert over 180 years ago. Gilbert has adapted its un-rivalled ball engineering experience to Netball, thus producing the best-performing patented grip pattern available and with the advent of new materials, Gilbert has perfected the use of new synthetic technologies

Notable Gilbert Ambassadors include Diamonds player and members of Magpies Suncorp Super Netball Team Kim Ravaillion; New Zealand native and Silver Ferns and Northern Stars member Kayla Cullen; Katrina Grant also of NZ, part of the national team and Central Pulse; and UK born Geva Mentor, who now plays for the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Geva was recently named Player of the Year for the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season.