Netball Queensland has announced the re-location of the preliminary final in the Mission Queensland State Netball League (MQSNL), moving the match this weekend to Rockhampton.
The Capricorn Claws will now host the Brisbane West Lions in the sudden death encounter, after finishing higher up the competition ladder than the southern team.
Netball Queensland sports development manager Tahnee Norris said the move, while mathematical in terms of the table, is a fantastic opportunity to showcase state league netball at its very best in a regional area.
“It’s a double serving of top level netball for Rockhampton with the state league final coming off the back of an enormously successful Sunshine Carnival which we held there a couple of days ago, “ she said.
“We are hoping the local crowd gets behind the game as it will be a tough encounter and certainly entertaining,” she said.
Claws Manager, Katrina Whitham said there is great support for netball in Rockhampton, which has seen an increase in numbers of crowd support this season and the team is looking forward to hosting a final in front of a big vocal following.
“The girls are all pretty excited, especially not having to travel,” Whitham said.
“We are expecting big numbers, with the two home games this season already bringing in 600-700 fans each match.”
“We have two big grandstands at the Uni and I am thinking we may have to roll out the second one for this match,” Whitham said.
If the Claws win they advance straight to the grand final for a match up against the Brisbane North Cougars, which has already secured its position.
The match will be played at the almost 1000 seat Central Queensland Universitystadium on Saturday night, starting at 7.00pm