The Melbourne Vixens will open the 2017 National Netball League season with a blockbuster opening Round clash against fellow Victorian rivals, the Collingwood Magpies Netball Club.
The highly anticipated Round One home match will take place on Saturday 18 February at Hisense Arena.
Vixens Head Coach Simone McKinnis is looking forward to competing in the new-look women’s competition.
“It is great that we are playing a new team in the opening round of the NNL,” McKinnis said.
“We are ready to embrace the new competition and are looking forward to showcasing an exciting brand of netball on court for our fans next season.”
Netball Australia has revealed a sneak peek at the 2017 fixture, which sets the scene for creating fierce local rivalries right from the outset.
The inaugural match of the new league will be contested between Giants Netball and the NSW Swifts at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on 18 February. With the transition of Swifts stalwarts Kim Green and Susan Pettitt to the newly created Giants – and both clubs owned and operated by Netball NSW - this sets up a tantalising spectacle for Sydney fans, who will be treated to double their netball from 2017.
Reigning premiers the Queensland Firebirds will return to the scene of their dramatic 2016 Grand Final win in extended extra-time, when they host vibrant newcomers Sunshine Coast Lightning at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Round One concludes with a traditional interstate rivalry, when new Head Coach Dan Ryan leads the Adelaide Thunderbirds in their first home game against West Coast Fever at Priceline Stadium.
Saturday 18 February
Giants Netball v NSW Swifts, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre
Melbourne Vixens v Collingwood Magpies Netball, Hisense Arena
Queensland Firebirds v Sunshine Coast Lightning, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sunday 19 February
Adelaide Thunderbirds v West Coast Fever, Priceline Stadium
The full National Netball League fixture will be announced on Monday 7 November.
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