The Melbourne Vixens are pleased to announce their 2017 Suncorp Super Netball fixture following the naming of the highly anticipated new national netball league by Netball Australia this morning.
The Vixens will open their Suncorp Super Netball Campaign against Magpies Netball, which will be one of three new local derbies to feature in Round One.
“We are really excited by the 2017 fixture and believe that it is a strong draw for our fans and members,” said Netball Victoria CEO Rosie King.
“We cannot wait to host Collingwood in the opening round, which will be one of seven home games that will be played across Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena.”
“Additionally, we will feature in four double-headers, and have seven matches broadcast on Channel Nine which is a fantastic outcome for our commercial partners.”
It is an historic day for the sport with Netball Australia also revealing the league’s bold new brand mark and website, which reflect the precision, finesse and tension that underpin the game at its highest level.
“Suncorp Super Netball will be a game changer; not just for netball, not just for women’s sport, but for all sports fans around this country and beyond,” declared Netball Australia Chief Executive, Kate Palmer.
“Right from the outset, we have been committed to creating something extraordinary with our new national league.
“Suncorp Super Netball will showcase our sport at its absolute best. Bold, confident, strong and fiercely competitive.
“There are so many stories brewing as the league takes shape; old and new rivalries, city versus city, state versus state, old teammates on opposite sides of the court. We can’t wait to see how it unfolds.”
Suncorp CEO and Managing Director Michael Cameron said the company was proud to support one of Australia’s most successful sports whose players are wonderful role models for our younger generation.
“For years, netball has inspired generations of players to confidently pursue their goals, while also bringing families together every weekend,” Cameron said.
“It’s an exciting time to be involved, and we look forward to supporting Netball Australia and the Suncorp Super Netball league.”
Eight clubs will contest the inaugural Suncorp Super Netball season, which will feature two prime time Saturday night matches every week, with the remaining two matches scheduled in the popular Friday night and Sunday afternoon timeslots.
The home and away season will be played over 14 weeks, with all eight clubs playing each other once at home, and once away. This will be followed by a three week Finals Series, to be contested by the top four-ranked teams.
The inaugural Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final will be held on Saturday 17 June.
Fans will be able to catch every match live on the big screen with two matches on Channel 9 and two matches on Telstra TV (exclusive to Telstra broadband customers). Every match will also be available live via subscription to the official league app, available in 2017.
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2017 Melbourne Vixens Fixture
Round 1 – Saturday 18 February, 7pm
Melbourne Vixens v Magpies Netball at Hisense Arena
Round 2 – Sunday 26 February, 1pm
Sunshine Coast Lightning v Melbourne Vixens at University of Sunshine Coast
Round 3 – Saturday 4 March, 8.45pm
Melbourne Vixens v NSW Swifts at Hisense Arena
Round 4 – Saturday 11 March, 7pm
Melbourne Vixens v West Coast Fever at Margaret Court Arena
Round 5 – Saturday 18 March, 7pm
Queensland Firebirds v Melbourne Vixens at Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Round 6 – Saturday 25 March, 7pm
Melbourne Vixens v Giants Netball at Hisense Arena
Round 7 – Sunday 2 April, 3pm
Magpies Netball v Melbourne Vixens at Hisense Arena
Round 8 – Saturday 8 April, 8.45pm
Adelaide Thunderbirds v Melbourne Vixens at Priceline Stadium
Round 9 – Sunday 23 April, 3pm
NSW Swifts v Melbourne Vixens at Qudos Bank Arena
Round 10 – Friday 28 April, 7.30pm
Melbourne Vixens v Sunshine Coast Lightning at Margaret Court Arena
Round 11 – Saturday 6 May, 7pm
Melbourne Vixens v Queensland Firebirds at Hisense Arena
Round 12 – Sunday 14 May, 1pm
Giants Netball v Melbourne Vixens at AIS Arena
Round 13 – Sunday 21 May, 3pm
Melbourne Vixens v Adelaide Thunderbirds at Margaret Court Arena
Round 14 – Saturday 27 May, 8.45pm
West Coast Fever v Melbourne Vixens at Perth Arena