Super Netball returns to Nine tomorrow with three games each weekend.
Nine’s Director of Sport, Brent Williams, said: “We are excited to welcome Suncorp Super Netball back to our screens in 2020. Despite the economic and health challenges the last few months have posed to the game, we are gearing up for what is undoubtedly the greatest netball competition in the world.
“It has been a mammoth team effort on all fronts to get this season up and running. Wide World of Sports is proud to continue its partnership with Netball Australia, Telstra and Suncorp.”
Nine’s Head of Netball, Keeley Devery, said: “We are thrilled to finally have the fourth season of Suncorp Super Netball underway. All the energy, passion and flair that we’ve come to expect from these elite athletes will make for captivating viewing over the next nine weeks.”
In a big win for women’s sport, the Queensland Government is supporting Australia’s premier netball competition, with most games scheduled in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and on the Sunshine Coast.
It will be a Sunshine State derby to open the season, with the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning on the court at Nissan Arena in Brisbane at 1.00pm on Saturday.
Following what promises to be an electrifying first game, at 3.00pm the Adelaide Thunderbirds then play the West Coast Fever at Nissan Arena.
Closing out a massive first round, on Sunday at 1.00pm in Brisbane the NSW Swifts face off against Giants Netball before the battle of the Victorians, when the Melbourne Vixens play the Collingwood Magpies at Nissan Arena at 5.30pm.
The 2020 season also heralds two exciting new game elements. The introduction of the Super Shot gives goal attacks and goal shooters the opportunity to score two goals from a designated 1.9m zone within the goal circle, active only during the final five minutes of each quarter.
The Super Shot joins the rolling substitution, which allows teams to make changes during play without stopping the match. With no limit to the number of substitutions a team can make, it opens wide up the opportunities for tactics and strategy during play.
With 14 rounds scheduled to go ahead this season, Super Netball teams across the country will continue to navigate evolving health orders and state border restrictions. As the first six rounds are played, governments and key competition stakeholders will monitor the COVID-19 situation pending the next phase of play.
Lending their wealth of knowledge and love for the game to this year’s broadcast, Nine has a stellar commentary lineup for all the action on and off-court, with all the experience and expertise of netball legends Liz Ellis, Cath Cox, Laura Geitz and Sue Gaudion.
Please check local guides for details.