The Collingwood Magpies look forward to what next year has in store with the release of the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) 2019 fixture.
The Collingwood Magpies will be the team to take elite netball to the people in 2019.
With the release today of the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) fixture for next year, matches in Tasmania and regional Victoria, as well as Melbourne, have been confirmed.
The Magpies have seven home games, five of which will be played at the newly named Melbourne Arena (formerly Hisense) with an additional two home matches in Launceston and Bendigo.
The 2019 season will have a delayed start from the previous two years commencing in late April and will also see a four-week break mid-season due to the Netball World Cup taking place in Liverpool in July.
The Magpies kick off round 1 with home court advantage as they take on the back-to-back reigning premiers, the Sunshine Coast Lightning on April 27 in the second match of a double-header.
Magpies Head Coach, Rob Wright looks forward to meeting the Lightning so early on in the season and says it will be beneficial for his team.
“Obviously the two-time reigning premiers present a difficult challenge”, Wright told Magpies Netball.
“Playing them first up will be great for us to see where we’re at as a team and will prove crucial in establishing a benchmark for us to work from.”
The team will also travel to regional Victoria, taking a game to Bendigo where they’ll meet the West Coast Fever in round five. The Magpies will also play one pre-season match there against the Queensland Firebirds on February 23.
“This is a fabulous opportunity to get out into regional Victoria, allowing the community to witness elite netball in the flesh”, Wright said.
“It’s a great chance for us to recognise and embrace talent in those regions which have such strong sporting prowess.”
Round 13 will also see the team travel across the Bass Strait to Launceston where they’ll meet the NSW Swifts. A pre-season practice match will also held in Tasmania against the Lightning on 1 February.
“It’s always great to travel to Tasmania and the team love playing in front of a home crowd there”, Wright explained.
“It’s truly phenomenal to have that ongoing support from those fans.”
Next year will also mark a special occasion for the Magpies who will join Collingwood’s AFL side playing on the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday. The match will also hold further significance as the Magpies battle it out against their cross-state rivals, the Melbourne Vixens.
The Magpies will also play in the only Friday night match of the season.
Wright embraces these time changes and looks forward to what they will bring to the sport.
“I’m a big supporter of doing things differently so it’ll be a good experience for the team to play on those days and at times they haven’t before.
“But it’s also a great way to engage fans and a new audience by encouraging them to watch the sport at times they wouldn’t normally.”
2019 MAGPIES FIXTURE SNAPSHOT