The first-round fixture for the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season has been revealed, unveiling that the Adelaide Thunderbirds will kick off the season in front of a home crowd on Sunday 3 May.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds will come up against GIANTS Netball at Priceline Stadium, with the first centre pass to be taken at 2:30pm ACST in a match that is expected to be a battle of the goal circles.
A key match up will see Jamaican defender Shamera Sterling (Adelaide Thunderbirds) take on Australian Diamonds shooter Caitlin Bassett (GIANTS Netball) in a tense clash of two tall and spectacular athletes who will be determined to help their teams over the line.
Down the other end of the court, South African shooting sensation Lenize Potgieter will line up in her first match for the club against ex-Thunderbird defender Sam Poolman, another hotly contested match up that will play a significant part in the match’s outcome.
The match also sees Tania Obst, Adelaide Thunderbirds Head Coach, head-to-head against her old team, where she spent two years working under Julie Fitzgerald as Assistant Coach at the GIANTS in 2017-2018.
Friends off the court and foes for the 60 minutes on court, both coaches will be desperate to take eight points to start their season on a high.
The full 2020 Suncorp Super Netball fixture will be released on Friday 15 November 2019.
Netball SA CEO, Bronwyn Klei, said the club is thrilled to be kicking off the season in front of a home crowd.
“It’s great news for our fans that the Adelaide Thunderbirds are starting their 2020 campaign with a big game at the home of netball in South Australia,” said Bronwyn.
“It’s going to be another great season with the Adelaide Thunderbirds continuing their period of re-emergence and building on the solid foundations laid this year.”
“We can’t wait to share the full 2020 fixture for the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Friday which will include some key blockbuster games and fan-favourite timeslots.”
Suncorp Super Netball CEO, Chris Symington said it is going to be another wonderful season of netball.
“It’s exciting for fans that the season is starting with a bang, especially with the 2019 Grand Final re-match.”
“We’re looking forward to revealing the full 2020 fixture later this week – it’s going to be another incredible season of the world’s best netball.”
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2020 SUNCORP SUPER NETBALL ROUND 1
Melbourne Vixens v Queensland Firebirds – Melbourne Arena, Sat 2 May at 2:30pm ACST
Collingwood Magpies v West Coast Fever – Melbourne Arena, Sat 2 May at 6:30pm ACST
NSW Swifts v Sunshine Coast Lightning – Ken Rosewall Arena, Sun 3 May at 12:30pm ACST
Adelaide Thunderbirds v GIANTS Netball – Priceline Stadium, Sun 3 May at 2:30pm ACST