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Super Netball 2021 Season Revealed For May 1 Start


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uncorp Super Netball (SSN) has announced the format for its 2021 season, revealing a start date of Saturday, May 1, 2021.

The league revealed plans to complete a full 14-round home and away season with a grand final scheduled for Sunday August 29, following a regular three-week finals series.

SSN plans for each team to host seven home games over the seasons, with the number of fans allowed into each match dependant on local health authority advice for each club, with the full fixture expected to be released in late February for the first month of matches.

Netball Australia chief commercial officer and Suncorp Super Netball acting executive general manager, Dave Lee, said he is excited to announce the start date of the 2021 season.

“To have the season start date locked away is fantastic, it gives the entire league some certainty about what we’re all working towards and fans can start the countdown to when they’ll next be seeing their teams live in action as we work towards having fans at every game this season,” Lee said.

“Following on from the 2020 season which was delivered in a hub in Queensland, the intent is to deliver the 2021 competition in standard format of home and away matches around the country, providing fans from across Australia the opportunity to watch live matches again.

“With the potential for the pandemic to again impact the season, possibly leading to border closures at short notice, we understand we need to have as much flex as possible in our contingency planning and that changes may need to be made to the fixture during the season, but our team and the entire league are prepared to again be working in a very fluid environment.

“The decision has been made, in conjunction with clubs, to not go ahead with the Team Girls Cup this year due to the uncertainty that the pandemic presents around border closures and the risks associated with bringing all eight teams to the one location.

“We also needed to prioritise the rescheduling of the Constellation Cup test series which impacted this decision.

“It’s unfortunate for this call to have been made but we hope to see the Team Girls Cup return in 2022 and Suncorp Super Netball clubs will each be organising and playing their own practice matches in the lead-up to the season, potentially providing opportunities for fans to see their teams on court ahead of the 2021 season,” he said.

Following the announcement, Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO, Danielle Smith, said the early planning and announcement of the May start date is appreciated by the clubs.

“There’s a real excitement around the club now that we have a tangible date and format to work towards,” Smith said.

“We appreciate the contingency planning and work involved behind the scenes to counter the disruption of the ongoing COVID pandemic, and the additional precautions needed to keep our people and the community safe.

“I am confident the team, led by Kylee (Byrne), will leave no stone unturned in their preparations for another competitive season in the world’s premier netball league.

“We look forward to bringing elite netball back to USC Stadium, with the full vocal support of our passionate and dedicated members and fans in 2021,” she said.

Netball Australia also revealed the 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season will be broadcast live across Nine, Telstra TV, and the Netball Live Official App.

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