The NSW Swifts will host seven regular season home games including a 2015 Grand Final replay at Allphones Arena and a match in Newcastle as part of the 2016 ANZ Championship Draw which was released by the trans-Tasman Netball League (TTNL) today, Thursday 17 September.
Of these seven matches, six will be played at Sydney Olympic Park, with two on Saturdays at the League’s new family-friendly 5:00pm (AEST) time slot and four on Sundays at 12:00pm (AEST).
The NSW Swifts will open their 2016 ANZ Championship campaign against traditional rivals the Melbourne Vixens on Sunday 3 April 2016, the first of three home games on the bounce at its “Fortress”, the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre; a venue where the Swifts remained undefeated during 2015.
After their epic 2015 ANZ Championship Grand Final encounter, the Swifts will be looking to exact revenge against defending Champions the Queensland Firebirds on the biggest stage in Australian netball, Allphones Arena. Last season, the Swifts Allphones Arena BLOCKBUSTER attracted a League regular season crowd record of 10,370 and this highly anticipated clash is bound to put pressure on the all-time League-record which the Club also holds of 12,099 when they hosted the inaugural ANZ Championship Grand Final in 2008.
As is tradition in the ANZ Championship, every second season each Australian Franchise will host a seventh home game and the NSW Swifts have always opted to take this additional home fixture to a regional location to further promote the sport of netball. In 2016, the NSW Swifts will host the West Coast Fever at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Saturday 11 June (Round 11), which was also the opponent the Swifts faced when they last played at the same venue during the 2012 ANZ Championship (Round 8).
“The Swifts proudly represent the entire state of New South Wales and it’s very important to Netball NSW that we continue to invest in taking a home game to a regional centre when the opportunity presents itself,” Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell said.
“As an organisation, we are steadfast in what we see as our responsibility to actively promote both the ANZ Championship and the sport of Netball to as many people as we can.
“The Hunter as a region is hugely passionate about Netball and the community has a proud tradition of hosting major sporting events, so we are very much looking forward returning to Newcastle next season,” concluded Campbell.
Having gone within 60 seconds of claiming their second Premiership, the NSW Swifts are determined to “go one better in 2016” and will have one of the League’s most revered player rosters which includes Australian Diamonds’ representatives Kimberlee Green, Paige Hadley, Sharni Layton, Susan Pettitt and Caitlin Thwaites plus current Silver Ferns’ Vice-Captain Laura Langman.
NSW Swifts’ Head Coach Rob Wright welcomed the 2016 ANZ Championship Draw but knows his players will have to be at their absolute best to achieve the ultimate success.
“The ANZ Championship is the world’s premier domestic netball competition and that’s quite simply because there is no such thing as an easy game,” Wright stated.
“In 2015 we drew back to back New Zealand trips, next year we will start the season with three homes games in a row, so we have a real opportunity to get our campaign off to a flyer but must be on point from the opening whistle.
“The hurt of last year’s Grand Final loss still resinates deeply throughout the Club and we will do everything we can to go one better in 2016,” concluded Wright.
On announcing the 2016 ANZ Championship Draw, TTNL also confirmed that all games will continue to be shown live in Australia on FOX SPORTS, with Netball Ten to broadcast the Sunday 12:00pm (AEST) game on its primary channel TEN following a shift from ONE.
In 2015, all available 2,200 NSW Swifts’ Match Day Memberships sold out an incredible four months before the opening whistle of the new season, and this feat looks like it will be repeated in record time based upon the large number of enquires received for 2016.
2015 Swifts’ Members have until 5:00pm (AEST), tomorrow, Friday 18 September 2015 to renew their seat/s for the Season 2016, with any available seats then put on sale to new Members at 10:00am (AEST), Wednesday 23 September 2015 click here to view the 2016 Membership Brochure.
NSW Swifts – 2016 ANZ Championship Draw
* Times stated are local to that City
|1||Sun, 3 April||12:00pm||Melbourne Vixens||SOPSC|
|2||Sat, 9 April||5:00pm||Waikato/BOP Magic||SOPSC|
|3||Sun, 17 April||12:00pm||Adelaide Thunderbirds||SOPSC|
|4||Sun, 24 April||10:00am||West Coast Fever||HBF Stadium, Perth|
|5||Sat, 30 April||5:00pm||Queensland Firebirds||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|6||Sun, 8 May||12:00pm||Central Pulse||SOPSC|
|7||Sun, 15 May||12:00pm||Melbourne Vixens||Hisense Arena, Melbourne|
|8||Sun, 22 May||4:00pm||Mainland Tactix||Horncastle Arena, Christchurch|
|9||Sun, 29 May||12:00pm||Queensland Firebirds||Allphones Arena|
|11||Sat, 11 June||5:00pm||West Coast Fever||Newcastle Entertainment Centre|
|12||Sat, 18 June||4:30pm||Adelaide Thunderbirds||Titanium Security Arena, Adelaide|
|13||Sun, 26 June||4:00pm||Northern Mystics||Trusts Arena, Auckland|
|14||Sat, 2 July||5:00pm||Southern Steel||SOPSC|
2016 ANZ Championship Finals Series
Week 1 Conference Elimination Finals: Weekend of 9 & 10 July, 2016
Week 2 Conference Finals: Weekend of 16 & 17 July, 2016
Week 3 Semi Finals: Weekend of 23 & 24 July, 2016
Week 4 Grand Final: Weekend of 30 & 31 July, 2016