|Upcoming season or competition:|
|Motto||All On The Line|
|No. of teams||8|
|Sunshine Coast Lightning|
|Most titles||Sunshine Coast Lightning (2 titles)|
|TV partner(s)||Nine Network|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Australian Netball League|
Suncorp Super Netball (also known non-commercially as the National Netball League) is the premier netball league in Australia. The inaugural season commenced in February 2017.
Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball, began in England in the 1890s. By 1960, international playing rules had been standardised for the game, and the International Federation of Netball and Women's Basketball was formed. As of 2011, the INF comprises more than 60 national teams organized into five global regions.
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
In 2008, Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand joined forces and created a Trans-Tasman league, the ANZ Championship as a successor to the Commonwealth Bank Trophy in Australia and the National Bank Cup in New Zealand, both of which were retired after 2007. The ANZ Championship saw netball become a semi-professional sport in both countries, with increased media coverage and player salaries. The 2016 season was the last of the competition, as Netball Australia looked to create a nationally exclusive league with a significantly improved broadcasting and media deal. This instigated the creation of Suncorp Super Netball, announced in May 2016.The New Zealand successor to the previous ANZ Championship is the ANZ Premiership.
Netball Australia is the peak governing body for the sport of netball in Australia. The organisation's stated objectives for Australian netball are to achieve national and international success in competition, encourage greater participation and spectator involvement, and ensure excellence in all spheres of the sport.
Netball New Zealand is the national body which oversees, promotes and manages netball in New Zealand, including the Silver Ferns.
Trans-Tasman is an adjective used primarily in Australia and New Zealand, which signifies an interrelationship between both countries. Its name originates from the Tasman Sea which lies between the two countries. For example, Trans-Tasman commerce would refer to commerce between these two countries.
The new league consists of the five former Australian ANZ Championship teams; the Adelaide Thunderbirds, Melbourne Vixens, New South Wales Swifts, Queensland Firebirds and West Coast Fever, in addition to three new teams, the Collingwood Magpies, Giants Netball and Sunshine Coast Lightning.Giants Netball are owned by Netball New South Wales and in a strategic partnership with the GWS Giants, and the two other new teams are owned and operated by two clubs in the popular Australian Football League and National Rugby League football codes.
The ANZ Championship was the premier netball league in Australia and New Zealand. The competition was held annually between April and July, comprising 69 matches played over 17 weeks. It was contested by ten teams, five from Australia and five from New Zealand. The competition was administered by Trans Tasman Netball League, which was formed as a joint venture by the netball governing bodies of both countries. ANZ Bank was naming sponsors of the competition since its inaugural season.
The Adelaide Thunderbirds is an Australian netball team based in Adelaide who compete in the Australian Suncorp Super Netball. The Thunderbirds were formed as one of the foundation teams of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT), previously the premier netball league in Australia, which was contested from 1997–2007. After the retirement of the CBT, the Thunderbirds were one of five Australian franchises included in the ANZ Championship. After the disbanding of the trans-tasman league, Adelaide joined the new look Suncorp Super Netball. To date, the Thunderbirds have won two CBT titles and two ANZ Championship titles ; in addition, they have finished in the top three placings throughout their competitive history.
The Melbourne Vixens is an Australian netball team in Melbourne which competes in the Suncorp Super Netball league. The Vixens previously played in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. The team was formed in 2007 as an amalgamation of the Melbourne Phoenix and Melbourne Kestrels from the previous Commonwealth Bank Trophy. Kate Moloney is the current captain of the team, with Tegan Philip and Liz Watson as co-vice captains under head coach Simone McKinnis. Home games are played at Melbourne Arena and Margaret Court Arena, while the team trains at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
Expansion teams Sunshine Coast Lightning and Giants Netball met in the Grand Final in the competition's inaugural season, the Lightning winning the match 65–48 before a crowd of 8,999 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
The Sunshine Coast Lightning is an Australian netball team in Sunshine Coast, Queensland which competes in the premier domestic league, Suncorp Super Netball. The team were formed in 2016 as a new look Queensland side, during the disbanding of the ANZ Championship. The team is a joint venture owned by the Melbourne Storm and University of Sunshine Coast.
Giants Netball is an Australian netball team in Sydney which competes in the premier Australian league, Suncorp Super Netball. The team represents the Greater Western Sydney region of New South Wales, as well as Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. The team was formed in 2016, during the disbanding of the ANZ Championship. Giants Netball is owned by Netball NSW and is allied with the elite Australian Football League club, the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Home games are played at the State Sports Centre, Qudos Bank Arena and the AIS Arena in Canberra.
The 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season was the inaugural season of the premier netball league in Australia, following the disbanding of the ANZ Championship in 2016. The regular season began on 18 February 2017 and concluded with the Grand Final on 17 June 2017.
The league is run by the Suncorp Super Netball Commission, an independent commission formed in January 2019 to oversee and make all decisions relating to the league. The commission replicates the examples set by Australia's two most popular football codes, the AFL and NRL and consists of six independent commissioners and the CEO of Netball Australia.
Football is a family of team sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball to score a goal. Unqualified, the word football is understood to refer to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears. Sports commonly called football in certain places include association football ; gridiron football ; Australian rules football; rugby football ; and Gaelic football. These different variations of football are known as football codes.
The AFL Commission is the official governing body of Australian rules football and the Australian Football League (AFL), the sport's elite national competition. Richard Goyder has been chairman since 4 April 2017, replacing Mike Fitzpatrick.
The Australian Rugby League Commission is the official governing body of rugby league football within Australia. It was founded, as the Australian Rugby League 'Board of Control', in 1924, jointly by the New South Wales Rugby League and the Queensland Rugby League. Since 1924, all other state and territory Rugby League governing bodies have become affiliated to the League.
The league introduced a new ladder system for the 2018 season. In any game the winning team receives four points, with the loser receiving none. In the event of a draw, points are split. In addition to these points, the winner of each quarter is awarded a point. Drawn quarters result in no points being awarded. Thus, teams can win up to eight points in a match.If two teams finish the regular season on the same number of points, their final position on the ladder is determined by the number of wins and not percentage. If teams are tied on points and number of wins are equal, then goal percentages during the home and away rounds are used to determine the rank.
|Season||Champions||Result||Runners-up||Grand Final MVP|
|2017||Sunshine Coast Lightning||Noeline Taurua||65–48||Giants Netball||Julie Fitzgerald||Karla Pretorius (née Mostert)|
|2018||Sunshine Coast Lightning||Noeline Taurua||62–59||West Coast Fever||Stacey Marinkovich||Caitlin Bassett|
A total of six major awards are issued at the conclusion of each Super Netball season. These awards are:
Currently, the Player of the Year is Jhaniele Fowler (West Coast Fever), the Grand Final MVP is Caitlin Bassett (Sunshine Coast Lightning), the Young Star is Jessica Anstiss (West Coast Fever), the Coach of the Year is Stacey Marinkovich (West Coast Fever) and the Leading Goalscorer is Jhaniele Fowler (West Coast Fever), who scored 783 goals in the 2018 regular season. The players represented the clubs referred to in the 2018 season.
The Nine Network and Telstra are the official broadcasters of Suncorp Super Netball. Netball Australia signed a 5 year deal with the entities, with the arrangement commencing from the 2017 season. Under the provisions of the deal, Nine will televise a Saturday night double-header each round live on either their primary channel or on secondary channel 9Gem. Nine will also televise the two remaining matches on delay.
Mobile platform Telstra provide live coverage of the two matches not part of the doubleheader and also simulcast Nine's two live matches. The service is available via Telstra TV and on the Netball Australia app.
As of 2019 the salary cap for each team in the league is A$515,000, with an additional $150,000 available for clubs to provide players with employment, education and/or ambassador roles. Players are also provided with a private health insurance allowance that as of 2019 is capped at $1,635.The average player salary is $67,000 and the minimum amount a contracted player can earn is $30,000, making Super Netball the country's leading player payment system for women athletes.
Suncorp Group is the league's current and inaugural naming rights partner.
All playing and training equipment as well as all licensed apparel and hats for the league's eight clubs are manufactured by ASICS.
Other league sponsors include Australian Institute of Sport, Nissan Australia and Cadbury
The official ball supplier is Gilbert Netball.
Official match day attire together with other club merchandise is sold through the Super Netball's stores and website as well through the clubs and through some retailers.
The Queensland Firebirds are an Australian netball team based in Brisbane which compete in the Suncorp Super Netball league. The team previously competed in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. The Firebirds were formed as one of the foundation teams of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT), previously the premier netball league in Australia, which was contested from 1997–2007. After the retirement of the CBT and ANZ Championship, the Firebirds were one of five Australian franchises to transfer to the Super Netball league.
Natalie Medhurst is an Australian netball player, currently playing for the Collingwood Magpies in the Suncorp Super Netball league.
The West Coast Fever is an Australian netball team based in Perth which competes in the Suncorp Super Netball league. The team previously competed in the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship. The franchise was one of the foundation teams of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy, formerly the premier domestic league in Australia. They contested every year of the tournament, from 1997–2007, as the Perth Orioles. When the Commonwealth Bank Trophy was retired after 2007, the Orioles were one of five Australian franchises included in the new ANZ Championship. The team was rebranded before the start of the new league's inaugural season, becoming the "West Coast Fever".
Caitlin Bassett is an Australian netballer, currently playing for Giants Netball and the Australia national netball team. Bassett is the 24th captain of the Australia national team.
Madison Robinson is an Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Collingwood Magpies.
Geva Kate Mentor, CBE is an English International netball player. Mentor was selected for the England national team in 2000, debuting the following year against New Zealand, at age 16. She currently plays for the Collingwood Magpies in the Australian Super Netball league, and prior to that was a two-time premiership captain at the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Chelsea Pitman in Paddington, New South Wales is an Australian-born netball player representing the England National Netball Team internationally. She is currently contracted with the Adelaide Thunderbirds playing in the Suncorp Super Netball competition in Australia. She is predominately a wing attack, but can also play goal attack.
Ashleigh Brazill is an Australian netball and AFL Women's player, playing both sports for the Collingwood Magpies. She has played for the West Coast Fever and New South Wales Swifts previously in her netball career.
Jhaniele Fowler is a professional Jamaican netball player and as of 2018 a member of the West Coast Fever in the Suncorp Super Netball League. Fowler also plays domestic netball in Jamaica for the Waulgrovians club, and has been a member of the Jamaica national netball team since 2010.
Stephanie Wood is an Australian netball player. She plays for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Suncorp Super Netball league. At 175 cm, she is predominately a goal attack, but also plays wing attack.
Collingwood Magpies Netball is an Australian netball team in Melbourne which competes in the premier Australian league, Suncorp Super Netball. The team was founded in 2016, during the disbanding of the ANZ Championship. The Magpies are wholly owned by the elite Australian Football League entity, the Collingwood Football Club. Home games are usually played at Melbourne Arena.
The 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season was the second season of the premier netball league in Australia. The season began on 28 April and concluded with the Grand Final on 26 August 2018. The start of the season was delayed to late April due to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which was held earlier that month on the Gold Coast. The fixtures for the season were released on 11 October 2017.
Kelsey Browne is an Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Collingwood Magpies.
The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball season will be the third season of the premier netball league in Australia. The season will begin on 27 April and conclude on 15 September 2019, however it will break for most of the month of July due to the Netball World Cup, which will be played in Liverpool.
Annika Lee-Jones is an Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Laura Scherian is an Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.
Jacqui Russell is an Australian netball player in the Suncorp Super Netball league, playing for the Sunshine Coast Lightning.