Viewers accuse The Project of their ‘shameful’ treatment of a korfball representative

Woke up fans The project The show’s panelists criticized the show after what they deemed to be a disrespectful interview with the director of Netball Queensland on Thursday.

Viewers of the program flocked to Twitter following an interview with Demelza Fellowes after a boys’ team won a girls’ netball grand final.

Many criticized the show’s panelists — which featured Kate Langbroek and Waleed Aly — after grilling Fellowes for her decision to allow the boys to participate.

Unimpressed: Fans of The Project have criticized the show’s panelists after what they deemed a disrespectful interview with the director of Netball Queensland on Thursday. In the picture, Kate Langbroek

‘Does #TheProjectTV only believe in inclusion for women? If it was a women’s team in a men’s tournament, it would be a different story. Kate and Waleed should be ashamed of how they treated the netball rep,” one viewer tweeted.

“Wow, #TheProjectTV is really making things difficult for Demelza. Why?’ tweeted another, while one wrote: ‘Let it go #TheProjectTV – Demelza has made solid points, time to move on.’

“#TheProjectTV you’re always talking about women’s equality, which I love, but when guys beat girls in a game of netball, you found out it was because guys are the better sex in sports. That was disappointing and was handled well by none of you,” wrote one indignant viewer.

In the hot seat: Viewers of the show flocked to Twitter following an interview with Demelza Fellowes (pictured), after a boys' team won the girls' netball grand final

In the hot seat: Viewers of the show flocked to Twitter following an interview with Demelza Fellowes (pictured), after a boys’ team won the girls’ netball grand final

Facing criticism: Many slammed the show's panelists — Kate Langbroek and Waleed Aly chosen — after grilling Fellowes for her decision to let the boys compete

Facing criticism: Many slammed the show’s panelists — Kate Langbroek and Waleed Aly chosen — after grilling Fellowes for her decision to let the boys compete

Added another: ‘Shameful coverage from @katelangbroek on @theprojecttv regarding korfball. Rejecting a basketball legend to give her uneducated opinion. Her views belong in 1850, not 2021. Really terrible comments #TheProjectTV’.

Fellowes explained that in recent years Netball Queensland has striven to ensure that the sport is ‘an inclusive environment where everyone can play and belong’.

“Because we have this tournament and before we invited the boys to come and play. It was a natural development to have a division of their own to enable them to play competitive netball in their best possible way this year,” she explained.

“You mean the girls didn't beat the guys because they didn't try hard enough.  Is that what it sounds like?'  asked Kate

“You mean the girls didn’t beat the guys because they didn’t try hard enough. Is that what it sounds like?’ asked Kate

“You mean the girls didn’t beat the guys because they didn’t try hard enough. Is that what it sounds like?’ asked Kate, 56.

When Fellowes insisted that wasn’t what she’d said, Kate added, “But Demelza, the girls didn’t win. I don’t know if you didn’t know what happened, they didn’t win.’

An offended Fellowes told Kate she was “definitely there” and well aware of the outcome of the game.

Roads: Waleed accused Fellowes of contradicting her previous comments after saying she would eventually like to set up a boys' netball tournament

Roads: Waleed accused Fellowes of contradicting her previous comments after saying she would eventually like to set up a boys’ netball tournament

Meanwhile, Waleed, 43, accused Fellowes of contradicting her earlier comments after saying she would eventually like to host a boys’ netball tournament.

“You wouldn’t need that competition if what you said is true – there is no difference based on gender,” he told her.

Fellow panelists Peter Helliar and Lisa Wilkinson seemed somewhat apologetic, praising Fellowes for agreeing to the interview.

Attacked: The Queensland Suns boys' netball team sparked controversy after winning a girls' netball grand final in Brisbane this week

Attacked: The Queensland Suns boys’ netball team sparked controversy after winning a girls’ netball grand final in Brisbane this week

“It’s super impressive that you’ve been through a tough time,” said Pete, 46.

Lisa, 61, added: ‘We know it hasn’t been an easy time for you, Demelza, and we appreciate you showing up tonight. Thank you so much for talking to us.’

The Queensland Suns boys’ korfball team sparked controversy this week after winning this week’s grand final of the girls’ state korfball in Brisbane.

Controversial: Boys team defeated all-female Bond University Bull Sharks 46-12, with many angry parents throwing abuse from the stands

Controversial: Boys team defeated all-female Bond University Bull Sharks 46-12, with many angry parents throwing abuse from the stands

The boys’ team defeated the all-female Bond University Bull Sharks 46-12, with many angry parents throwing swear words from the stands.

Netball Queensland defended its decision to include the boys in the tournament as they had nowhere else to play due to the lower number of male players.

“We are hopeful that this will be a catalyst for a standalone men’s competition in 2022,” Netball Queensland said in a statement.

Defense: Netball Queensland defended its decision to include the boys in the tournament as they had nowhere else to play due to the lower number of male players

Defense: Netball Queensland defended its decision to include the boys in the tournament as they had nowhere else to play due to the lower number of male players

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