The Australian-based elite netball competition will start on April 28 with the 14-round regular season ending on August 5 prior to three weekend of finals action.
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Super Netball 2018 starts with a bang with a grand final replay between Lighting and the Giants and a match between the Swifts and Firebirds to be played as a double-header at Qudos Bank Arena on April 29.
Liz Watson and Maddy Proud during the first season of Super Netball in 2017.Source:News Corp Australia
Netball will also make its debut at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour during the season, with the venue hosting the local derby between the Swifts and Giants on July 8 and a match between the latter and the West Coast Fever on August 4.
The first local derby between the Swifts and Giants will be played at the 17,000 capacity Qudos Arena on May 13 with the second NSW double header to be played June 17 at the same venue.
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New Swifts coach Briony Akle says the new city venue will help entice a new legion of fans to Super Netball with the 7000 capacity venue also significantly larger than the Quay Centre (formerly Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre) which holds just 3800 and will also host numerous games in 2018.
“It could open us to a whole new audience,’’ said Akle, a former Swifts player who has taken over the coaching reigns from Rob Wright.
A replay of the 2017 grand final between Lighting and the Swifts will be played in the opening round of the 2018 competition.Source:Getty Images
“There’s a lot of love for women’s sport out there, general interest in the game, not tokenism, so to play at this new venue is great.
“It’s going to appeal to people from the Eastern Suburbs, the Northern Beaches, the Sutherland Shire and the west.’’
One game each Saturday and Sunday will be televised live on Channel Nine.