GIANTS Netball will travel to Brisbane for the pre-season Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup on the 8-10 March. The 2018 Minor Premiers have been placed in Pool B, in which they will face West Coast Fever, NSW Swifts and Magpies Netball for a place in the Sunday Final.
GIANTS fans will be able to watch ALL games live on the Netball Live app and Telstra TV. In addition, the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup Grand Final will be broadcast live on Channel 9 on Sunday 10 March.
The Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup will bring the world’s best netballers together in what will be the first event to take place at the new Queensland State Netball Centre in Brisbane. All eight Suncorp Super Netball teams will battle it out across three days of matches.
The tournament will see two pools of four teams play in a round-robin style format before going head-to-head with the opposing pool on the final day of play. Each match will consist of 10-minute quarters and each team will play four matches over the three days.
There are four sessions of match play scheduled – one on Friday evening, two on Saturday (day and night) and one on Sunday. First up GIANTS will face off against fellow NSW team, the Swifts on Friday evening at 5pm ADST. Saturday will see GIANTS take on their rivals West Coast Fever at 11am before an afternoon break ahead of their evening clash against a new-look Magpies Netball.
Sunday will see the play offs for the Cup title, with equal positioned teams taking on their respective partner in the opposing pool, with the Grand Final at 12.30pm.
Netball Australia Executive General Manager of Events Chris Symington said the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup is an exciting new initiative that will not only provide all Suncorp Super Netball teams with a league-organised pre-season competition, but also give fans another opportunity to witness their teams in action.
“With the Suncorp Super Netball league heading into its third season, we felt it was time to introduce a formalised pre-season element to the competition and we’re really excited to be launching the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup this year with all eight teams,” he said.
“There was a lot of player movement during the off-season, so this tournament will give fans a chance to see their new-look Suncorp Super Netball teams hit the court 50 days out from the official season kicking off.”
Game 1: GIANTS v Swifts @ 7pm AEDT Friday 8 March
Game 2: GIANTS v Fever @ 1pm AEDT Saturday 9 March
Game 3: GIANTS v Magpies @ 7pm AEDT Saturday 9 March
Finals: Sunday 10 March – Timing and Oppostition TBC
All Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup matches will be broadcast live on the Netball Live app and Telstra TV and the Suncorp #TeamGirls Cup Grand Final will be broadcast live on Channel 9 on Sunday 10 March.