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The Melbourne Derby between the Vixens and Collingwood Magpies will be relocated to Sydney due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria.

The Melbourne Derby between the Collingwood magpies and the Melbourne Vixens will now be played at Ken Rosewall Arena on Saturday the 12th of June.

The match has traditionally been played on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday and aligns with the Big Freeze campaign that raises funds to find a cure for Motor Neuron Disease.

The Game has now been set up as a doubleheader to be played after the Giants and the Sunshine Coast Lightning clash starts at 3 pm while the clash between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and New South Wales Swifts has been pushed back half an hour to the new time of 7 pm.

Suncorp Super Netball League operations manager Bill Allen thanked the Melbourne teams for their ongoing commitment to the competition. 

“The Magpies and the Vixens have been on the road for just under two weeks and we thank them for their flexibility and commitment to ensuring the Suncorp Super Netball season goes ahead,” Allen said.

“The league would also like to thank GIANTS Netball for hosting the Melbourne Derby at such late notice.”

The Melbourne Vixens will continue to be based in Queensland due to the uncertainty of the border restrictions. The club believes that this is the best possible decision to be able to keep the season going.

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Vixens captain Kate Moloney said:

“Given the uncertainty of the last couple of weeks, we are just happy to know what the next few rounds look like, and to keep the season going.

“We are enjoying being together as a group and can now fully settle into the schedule and routine, knowing we’re up here for another few weeks.

“Our hearts break for our family, friends and fans back at home. We are thinking of them and using that motivation in everything we’re doing, from training to games. We cannot wait to see them.”

The Vixens will fly to Sydney on Friday to take on the Magpies.

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