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2017 National Netball League

Netball Australia announced in May 2016 that a new Australian only, eight-team national league will commence in February 2017, which is set to be the world’s premier women’s sporting league.

The new league, which will be known as Suncorp Super Netball, will consist of the five current Australian ANZ Championship teams – Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever – in addition to three new teams.

The preferred bidders for these new teams have been announced as Collingwood Football Club, the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club, and Netball NSW (working in a strategic alliance with GWS Giants) .
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In July, Netball Australia confirmed it would be lifting the previous ANZ Championship restrictions on imports, allowing Clubs to have an unlimited number of international athletes on their roster for 2017.
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GIANTS Netball Coach Announcement

Netball NSW announced on Wednesday 3 August that Julie Fitzgerald will be returning home to New South Wales to take up the role of Head Coach of the organisation’s new team, GIANTS Netball, for the 2017 National Netball League, in a three year appointment.

“I am honoured and thrilled to be returning to New South Wales at such an exciting time for netball,” Fitzgerald said.

“I am NSW born and bred and the opportunity to be part of setting up a new team in my home State was one I couldn’t turn down.

“Not everyone gets the chance to help create a new team and club culture and working with local talent is something that always has, and continues to, excite me.”
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Wright extends contract with NSW Swifts

Netball NSW announced on Monday 1 August (the day after the 2016 ANZ Championship Grand Final) that Rob Wright would continue as NSW Swifts Head Coach for the next chapter in Australian netball history.

Wright has signed on until the end of the 2019 season, with the option to extend the contract for a further two years; marking a huge five‐year commitment to the Swifts in the new league.

“I am a firm believer in the NSW Swifts, which is why it was a no‐brainer for me to continue my relationship with Netball NSW into the new Australian‐only elite netball competition from 2017,” Wright said.

“I’ve been involved with the Swifts for seven years now, and with Netball NSW for many years prior to that; we have worked hard to instil a strong culture and winning environment , and I have a lot of belief in the future of the Club.”
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