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Super Netball Relocates Season To Queensland

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he 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season is set to take place across Queensland, with all non-Queensland-based Super Netball teams relocating to South-East Queensland for part or all of the season.

The season will be made up of 14 rounds and a normal finals series, with the majority of matches now to be played across Nissan Arena in Brisbane, the University of the Sunshine Coast Stadium, and regional Queensland.

This move comes as the league’s two Victorian clubs, the Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies departed for Queensland for a two-week quarantine period in preparation of the start of the Super Netball season on August 1.

Suncorp Super Netball CEO, Chris Symington, said he appreciates the support from the Queensland Government in allowing the league to play a full season in the state.

“This support from the Queensland Government will ensure we’re able to deliver a full 60-match season of the world’s best netball to fans all over Australia and the world, so we thank them immensely for their support and for accommodating the entire league,” Symington said.

“With less than two weeks until the first centre pass of the season, the excitement across the league and within our fan base is palpable and we’re looking forward to getting the 2020 season underway.

“We’re also thrilled that loyal fans across the country will be rewarded with home games and the chance to see their teams live at their local stadium.

“These games will, however, be subject to the latest border restrictions and health advice.

“We understand the sacrifice our athletes, supports staff and umpires will be making by relocating to Queensland for an extended period of time and we will be putting the necessary structures and processes in place to ensure they are all adequately supported during this time,” he said.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said Queensland will welcome the Super Netball competition.

“The resumption of sport is another step back towards a normal life and we all want to see that,” Palaszczuk said.

“We have close to 37,00 junior [netball] players and the opportunity for them to see the best of the best playing right across the state and be inspired is incredible,” she said.

Super Netball has announced alongside this move to Queensland, the 2020 season will be played out in a condensed format as a way to ensure the well-being of athletes, staff, and officials.