17/04/2024

The new Melbourne Mavericks logo. Picture: SEN

In a bid to expand netball and make it accessible to Melbourne’s large south-east population, Super Netball’s newest side, the Melbourne Mavericks, officially announced their name and colours today.

Former Adelaide Thunderbirds assistant coach and English head coach, Tracey Neville, will coach the side in its inaugural season and is excited about the side’s prospects.

“We have high expectations for the season. We are here to mean business,” Neville said.

“Being the Mavericks, we are looking to think and behave in different ways.

“We want our players willing to take a risk and go on a different journey.”

Super Netball’s newest team has plenty of netball IQ off the court, with former Collingwood and West Coast Fever player Shae Bolton-Brown taking up the role of General Manager of Netball Operations.

“We are hoping to bring in new netball fans,” she said.

“We are keen to put a stake in the sand in the south-east, but also create a culture that is something special and amazing that can leave a lasting legacy in the region.”

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The Mavericks are also keen to ensure the rivalry between them and the city’s other side, the Melbourne Vixens, is developed straight away.

“We are hard-hitting, strong women on the court,” Bolton-Brown said.

“We are hoping for a great rivalry straight away on the court, but to also work together to make the game stronger off the court.”

The club’s license belongs to Australian media giant Sports Entertainment Network (SEN), with full ownership set to be handed over in January 2024.

The club’s official colours are sky blue, pacific cyan and sapphire.

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