Netball NSW would like to congratulate and welcome the Sunshine Coast Lightning to the 2017 National Netball League, following an announcement this morning in Queensland.
The joint venture between Melbourne Storm Rugby League Football Club and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) will be the region’s first national elite sports team, and will be based at USC’s Sippy Downs campus.
The Melbourne Storm-backed team is one of three preferred bidders that will contest the new Australian-only netball competition to begin in February next year.
The new 2017 National Netball League will feature eight Australian teams, including the five previous ANZ Championship franchises – Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, NSW Swifts, QLD Firebirds and West Coast Fever – as well as three additions; Collingwood Football Club, Sunshine Coast Lightning (Melbourne Storm) and a new Netball NSW team*.
“Netball NSW would like to congratulate Sunshine Coast Lightning on their launch this morning, in which they revealed their Club logo, colours, and digital channels,” Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said.
“It’s an exciting time for all the Clubs involved in the new National League in 2017. Netball NSW has a huge and exciting interest in the next chapter of Australian netball history; therefore, we are looking forward to making announcements around our two Clubs in the coming weeks,” Campbell concluded.
Netball Australia has also confirmed this morning the organisation is in the final stage of negotiations with the Australian Netball Players Association, as well as the eight Clubs who will compete in next year’s League. It is anticipated that license agreements with clubs will be in place by the end of the month, with athlete contracting to commence soon after.
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