The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) will host Round 1 of the 2013 Australian Netball League (ANL) competition which begins this weekend, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July. Queensland will be represented by a 15-member quad led by experienced Coach Kylee Byrne
Four of the eight games in the Week 1 draw will be played at the USC (Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs). Details are as follows:
Saturday 6 July: Western Sting v AIS at 4.30pm / Queensland Fusion v Territory Storm at 6.30pm
Sunday 7 July: Western Sting v Territory Storm at 10am / AIS v Queensland Fusion at 12pm
This season, 11 teams will be participating in the eight-week competition: Queensland Fusion, Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Canberra Darters, Netball New South Wales Blues, Netball New South Wales Waratahs, Southern Force, Tassie Spirit, Territory Storm, Victorian Flames, Victorian Fury and Western Sting.
To see the complete 2013 ANL Draw, visit this link:http://www.netball.asn.au/_uploads/res/1_252078.pdf
The competition wraps up with the Preliminary Final and Grand Final being played at Netball SA Stadium on Sunday, 25 August at 10am and 12pm respectively.
The ANL was established in 2008 as an under-pinning competition to the ANZ Championship with the aim of providing a stepping stone between State League and trans-Tasman for Australian Players. The ANL provides players with national competition opportunities that currently don’t exist for Tasmania, the Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
President of Netball Australia, Ms Noeleen Dix, says that the ANL, which now enters its sixth season, continues to give aspiring Australian Diamonds and underpinning ANZ Championship players the opportunity to mature as athletes and respected members of our community on the national stage.
“For many athletes competing in the ANL, it’s their first taste of a weekly national league with interstate travel, media commitments, community engagements and fan interaction – elements which are part-and-parcel of today’s elite netballers,” said Ms Dix.
The AIS will use the ANL as a warm-up to the 2013 World Youth Netball Championships in August with the team to be made up from the selected Australian 21/U players. The AIS will compete as normal, with all preliminary points counting during the season, however will not participate in finals (should the team finish in the top four) as the Australian 21/U team departs for Glasgow following week 6 of the competition. In the instance that the AIS finishes in the top four, the fifth placed team will move up and take a place in the ANL Finals Series.
In 2012, Queensland Fusion finished sixth with four wins and are looking to start 2013 in a strong position with Round 1 being played at home.
Ticketing details: 1 day pass: adult $5 / Concession $3. Weekend pass: adult $7.50 / Concession $4.50. Entry for children 12 years and under is free.