The ANZ Championship pre-season tournament will return in 2016, with two three-day events to be held simultaneously at Sydney Olympic Park and at Trusts Arena, Auckland from Friday 18 - Sunday 20 March.
Sydney will host the Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, West Coast Fever, Central Pulse and Mainland Tactix, while Auckland will welcome Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel, SKYCITY Mystics, Adelaide Thunderbirds and reigning champions Queensland Firebirds.
Next year will see New Zealand host an ANZ Championship pre-season tournament for the first time since Tauranga welcomed the ten teams four years ago.
“We’re pleased that the ANZ Championship pre-season is back for 2016, including a return to New Zealand for the first time since 2012, as the weekend plays an important role for the teams’ preparation for the season ahead,” ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook said.
The weekend will see each team contest six games, which will include a combination of 60 and 30-minute matches, under the newly introduced Official Rules of Netball for the first time.
The new rules to be applied from next season will include the elimination of whistles following goals and obvious ball out of court; amendments to injury time; and changes to the out of play rule.
The 2016 ANZ Championship pre-season draw for Auckland and Sydney will be released early next year.