Super Netball Relocates To Adelaide

ue to the current COIVD-19 situation, six Suncorp Super Netball sides will be relocated to Adelaide in an effort to keep the season alive.

According to a statement from competition organisers, The Melbourne Vixens, Collingwood Magpies, NSW Swifts and Giants Netball will depart from Melbourne for Adelaide today while the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning will travel tomorrow, with the West Coast Fever remaining in Perth for now.

The rescheduling and relocation of Round 11 will result in the NSW Swifts playing the Adelaide Thunderbirds this Sunday.

NSW Swifts executive general manager, Nikki Horton, said while it was disappointing to have to relocate, they are happy to work with the league to keep the season going.

“We understand why the league is making these changes and our team is happy to work collectively to ensure the best outcome for everyone, Horton said.

“It is certainly disappointing for our players, staff, members, partners and fans to see home games played at neutral venues but whilst the case numbers in Sydney continue to impact restrictions, we are grateful we can play on,” she said.

The Swifts were originally set to face Sunshine Coast Lighting, with Lightning CEO, Danielle Smith, saying she is thankful for everyone’s ability to adapt to the changing circumstances.

“I have nothing but gratitude for our athletes, coaches and staff as well as league staff and officials who will again relocate interstate to ensure the competition can go on safely and am overwhelmingly proud of their professionalism and willingness to get on with the task ahead,” Smith said.

“They are each making personal sacrifices in regard to family, employment and their general livelihoods for their club and our competition,” she said.

Also working to ensure the season can continue, a number of umpires and officials will also be making their way to the Adelaide hub.

Netball Australia CEO, Kelly Ryan thanked everyone for their cooperation as the league works to reconfigure remainder of the season.

“We have moved quickly and decisively as the coronavirus situation develops,” Ryan said.

“We have worked closely with the clubs to determine this is the best immediate option to ensure the season is completed, with the wellbeing of our athletes at the forefront of the decision-making process.

“I’d like to thank our players, coaches, staff, officials and umpires for their willingness to relocate to deliver a full, 60-game season of Suncorp Super Netball,” she said.

Currently working on the new round 11 fixtures, organisers are considering “all options including a condensed season, and will provide updates on fixtures soon.”