Suncorp Super Netball

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Suncorp Super Netball
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season
Suncorp-super-netball-logo.png
Sport Netball
Founded 2016
Inaugural season 2017
Motto All On The Line
No. of teams 8
Country Australia
Most recent
champion(s)
Sunshine Coast Lightning
Most titles Sunshine Coast Lightning (1 title)
TV partner(s) Nine Network
Sponsor(s) Suncorp Group
Level on pyramid 1
Official website http://supernetball.com.au/

Suncorp Super Netball (also known non-commercially as the National Netball League) is the premier netball league in Australia. The inaugural season commenced in February 2017.[1][2]

History[edit]

Founding of Suncorp Super Netball[edit]

In 2008, Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand joined forces and created a Trans-Tasman league, the ANZ Championship as a successor to the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in Australia and the National Bank Cup in New Zealand, both of which were retired after 2007. The ANZ Championship saw netball become a semi-professional sport in both countries, with increased media coverage and player salaries. The 2016 season was the last of the competition, as Netball Australia looked to create a nationally exclusive league with a significantly improved broadcasting and media deal. This instigated the creation of Suncorp Super Netball, announced in May 2016.[3] The New Zealand successor to the previous ANZ Championship is the ANZ Premiership.[4]

The new league consists of the five former Australian ANZ Championship teams; the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever, in addition to three new teams, the Collingwood Magpies, Giants Netball and Sunshine Coast Lightning.[5] GIANTS Netball are owned and operated by Netball NSW, and the two other new teams are owned and operated by two clubs in the popular Australian Football League and National Rugby League football codes.

Expansion teams Sunshine Coast Lightning and Giants Netball met in the Grand Final in the competition's inaugural season, the Lightning winning the match 65–48 before a crowd of 8,999 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.[6][7]

Scoring system[edit]

Netball Australia introduced a new scoring system for the 2018 season. For each of the four quarters in a match, the winning team is awarded a point. In addition, the team winning at the end of the match is awarded four points. A maximum of eight points can be awarded per match.[8]

Current teams[edit]

Finals[edit]

Awards[edit]

A total of six major awards are issued at the conclusion of each Super Netball season. These awards are:

Currently, the Player of the Year is Geva Mentor (Sunshine Coast Lightning), the Grand Final MVP is Karla Pretorius (Sunshine Coast Lightning), the Young Star is Liz Watson (Melbourne Vixens), the Coach of the Year is Simone McKinnis (Melbourne Vixens) and the Leading Goalscorer is Caitlin Thwaites (Collingwood Magpies), who scored 594 goals in the 2017 regular season.

Broadcasting[edit]

The Nine Network and Telstra are the official broadcasters of Suncorp Super Netball. Netball Australia signed a 5 year deal with the entities, with the arrangement commencing from the 2017 season. Under the provisions of the deal, Nine will televise a Saturday night double-header each round live on either their primary channel or on secondary channel 9Gem. Nine will also televise the two remaining matches on delay.[9]

Mobile platform Telstra provide live coverage of the two matches not part of the doubleheader and also simulcast Nine's two live matches. The service is available via Telstra TV and on the Netball Australia app.[9]

Corporate relations[edit]

Sponsorship[edit]

Suncorp Group is the league's current and inaugural naming rights partner.

All playing and training equipment as well as all licensed apparel and hats for the league's eight clubs are manufactured by ASICS.

Other league sponsors include Australian Institute of Sport, Nissan Australia and Cadbury

The official ball supplier is Gilbert Netball.

Merchandising[edit]

Official match day attire together with other club merchandise is sold through the Super Netball's stores and website as well through the clubs and through some retailers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eight team Australian national league to begin in 2017". ABC News. 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "New netball League a breakthrough for women's sport". ABC News. 16 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Game is Changing – Suncorp Super Netball". supernetball.com.au. 
  4. ^ "ANZ backs new NZ Netball Elite League" (Press release). ANZ Bank New Zealand. Scoop. 29 July 2016. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "New national netball league – what you need to know". netball.com.au. 
  6. ^ "Sunshine Coast win Super Netball title". Wide World of Sports. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Sunshine Coast Lightning put on masterclass over Giants to claim title". ESPN. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Super Netball rule & scoring change". Wide World of Sports. 23 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Nine and Telstra sign Netball Australia broadcast deal". Fairfax Media. 19 May 2016. 

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