In Australia, Super Netball 2019 is looking at another sell-out season. With record breaking free-to-air TV viewing and players’ payment packages starting to permit professional commitment, this year looks to be lifting the game to a new height.
Nellakir are pleased to support Netball in all its forms, from Junior through to veteran competitions. The championship courts at the Victorian Netball Centre in Royal Park were originally constructed and installed by Nellakir and now many of the PPP School Courts being constructed for multiple use (Netball, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Drama and Assembly) are Nellakir projects.
This year’s Super Netball Fixture has been released and it looks like we are in for an exiting season.
Here is a report from Sporting News…
The first round will feature a NSW derby in Sydney with the Swifts taking on the Giants at Qudos Bank Arena.
Reigning champions Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on West Coast Fever in a grand final rematch during the second round on May, 5 at Perth Arena.
Over one million people tuned into Channel 9 to watch the Lightning beat Fever 62-59 to win back-to-back premiership titles. The second round match will be broadcast live on 9Gem.
Queensland will then take on the premiers in the third round, right in the heart of the state’s capital.
Indigenous round is scheduled for the eighth week, which will celebrate Australia’s Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander culture.
Netball Australia have split the 2019 season in half to account for the Netball World Cup in July.
Taking place in Liverpool, England, from July 12-26, the dates of the World Cup overlap with the usual Super Netball schedule. Players and officials will take a four week break so that they are able to attend both competitions.
Sporting News Australia has all you need to know about the third edition of Super Netball.
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Two matches per round will be broadcast live on Channel Nine with two matches shown exclusively on Telstra TV. All four matches are available on the Netball Live app, both live and on demand each week.
Super Netball with the average home-and-away match viewership on Channel Nine channels rose 25.9% on 2017, and 23% on Telstra’s streaming services.
“We saw more than 35 million minutes of the 2018 season viewed live and on demand across Telstra and 9Now platforms including the Netball live app,” Netball Australia’s Event Manager Chris Symington said.
“More than one million viewers tuned into the Grand Final on Nine, so we’re incredibly excited to see what the fierce 2019 season will bring with the support of our broadcast and league partners.”
All eight Super Netball clubs will play each other once at home, and once away in the 14 round competition. And you better keep your Saturday nights free as 12 matches have been scheduled for the mid-weekend timeslot.
NSW Swifts will take on fellow New South Wales’ team Giants Netball at Sydney Olympic Park to kick off the season.
Round 2 will feature a grand final rematch between reigning champions Sunshine Coast Lightning and West Coast Fever at Perth Arena.
The Firebirds will then take on the premiers during the Round 3, in an all Queensland derby.
Super Netball will also be played for the first time on the Victorian Queen’s Birthday long weekend in Melbourne. Vixens will take on Collingwood Magpies at Melbourne Park in the Round 7 to conclude the first half of the season.
The competition is also set to take on regional Australia when Collingwood Magpies hosting the West Coast Fever in Bendigo in Round 5. The Magpies will also play the Swifts at Launceston’s Silverdome in Round 13.
For the first time in Super Netball history, the game will head to the Northern Territory when the Thunderbirds will take on the Lightning in Round 7. The match is scheduled to be played at the new multi-million door indoor netball facility, ‘Territory Stadium’ on Saturday, June 8.
With an abundance of players signing new contracts over the off-season, there’ll be plenty of key match-ups to look forward to in the first seven rounds.
After taking out two Super Netball premierships with the Sunshine Coast, Geva Mentor will wear her Collingwood outfit for their first time when the Magpies take on the Lightning.
Round 5 will see Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett playing at USC as a visitor, when the Giants head north to face the Sunshine Coast. Collingwood Magpie Nat Medhurst will be out for blood against her old side the West Coast Fever, after the club refused to renew her contract for 2019. The Magpies will host the West Coast in regional Victoria at Bendigo Stadium.
The all-Victorian derby in the Round 7 will feature Melbourne’s Caitlin Thwaites taking on the Magpies for the first time in Super Netball.
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