NSW Swifts and Giants in action

The NSW Swifts and Giants Netball teams will relocate to Queensland to keep the Super Netball competition alive. Photo: Giants Netball

Sydney Super Netball rivals the NSW Swifts and Giants Netball will relocate to Queensland on Wednesday night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Sydney Super Netball rivals the NSW Swifts and Giants Netball will relocate to Queensland on Wednesday night due to the unfolding coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement on Wednesday evening, Super Netball said the league is monitoring the situation. They are working with relevant health authorities to keep the competition going during this time.

Both NSW teams have a bye this weekend, but immediate relocation is required for the two teams due to border uncertainty.

This is a temporary measure, just as the Vixens and Magpies are currently north due to the Victorian outbreak.

With 10 weekends of netball remaining in the season, the league hopes to avoid last year’s hub-style competition.

Tain Drinkwater, CEO of Netball NSW who own and operate both clubs, thanked them for their adaptability.

“I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who are once again uprooting their lives to ensure the Super Netball season can continue uninterrupted,” she said.

“Everyone from both the Swifts and Giants took the news in their stride and are looking forward to playing.

“It is important to note that, unlike last year, this is only a temporary measure and we are hopeful of having both teams back in NSW sooner rather than later, and we will be working closely with the league on this.”

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David Lee, Netball Australia Chief Commercial Officer & Acting EGM Events, also thanked the teams. 

“The league thanks both clubs for their commitment and flexibility in these difficult circumstances,” Lee said.

“The league continues to balance the health and wellbeing of the athletes, coaches and staff with maintaining the Suncorp Super Netball competition.”   

NSW Swifts and Giants Netball will rest up over the weekend and aim return to the court next weekend.

The league is currently working on the repercussions for Round 9. The Swifts are scheduled to host the West Coast Fever in Sydney, while the Giants play the Firebirds at Nissan Arena in Queensland.

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