Netball Australia has announced the key dates of the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season, confirming there will be a four-week mid-season break to cater for the 2019 Netball World Cup.
For the first time, the Netball World Cup (NWC) which is taking place in Liverpool from 12-21 July, overlaps with the Suncorp Super Netball season, presenting a unique situation for Netball Australia to coordinate. For this reason, the 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season is going to be split in two:
With the final details of this unique season currently being locked away, a 2019 Suncorp Super Netball fixture will be released on Wednesday 5 December.
Netball Australia Executive General Manager of Events Chris Symington says the four-week Suncorp Super Netball break has provided Netball Australia with extra time to craft the 2019 fixture to ensure the schedule is the best fit for players, clubs, officials and most importantly the fans.
“Given the unique nature of the 2019 netball year, balancing athlete availability across the Suncorp Super Netball season, the Samsung Australian Diamonds team and other international representative teams has added an element of complexity,” he said.
“We have worked closely with the Netball Australia performance team and Suncorp Super Netball clubs to ensure the Suncorp Super Netball timeline we’ve established caters to all stakeholders and we’re now locking in the finer details of the fixture to ensure fans have the best experience possible – stay tuned for a fixture release in six weeks’ time.”
Suncorp Super Netball athletes who are not taking part in the Netball World Cup will continue to train within their respective Suncorp Super Netball club environments during the four-week hiatus, however different clubs may take different approaches depending on how they prefer to manage their athletes.