Escape north

GETTING in early, the Giants Netball and fellow NSW-based side Swifts, relocated to Queensland last Wednesday due to the coronavirus outbreak in Sydney.

The two NSW-based clubs had a bye on the weekend but the decision was made to relocate them to Queensland to ensure the Suncorp Super Netball League can go ahead as planned.
The league is closely monitoring the situation in Sydney and working with the relevant health authorities to ensure all relocated clubs can return home as soon as safe to do so.
The Giants Round 9 match against the Queensland Firebirds at Nissan Arena on Saturday, July 3, will go ahead as fixtured.
The league is working through logistics for the Round 9 clash between the NSW Swifts and the West Coast Fever and further information will be provided in the coming days.
Tain Drinkwater, CEO of Netball NSW who own and operate both clubs, thanked them for their professionalism and flexibility.
“I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff who are once again uprooting their lives to ensure the Super Netball season can continue uninterrupted,” she said.
“Everyone from both the Giants and Swifts took the news in their stride and are looking forward to playing.
“It is important to note that, unlike last year, this is only a temporary measure and we are hopeful of having both teams back in NSW sooner rather than later, and we will be working closely with the league on this.”
Netball Australia Chief Commercial Officer & Acting EGM Events, David Lee, thanked the Giants and the Swifts for their support.
“The league thanks both clubs for their commitment and flexibility in these difficult circumstances,” Lee said.
“The league continues to balance the health and wellbeing of the athletes, coaches and staff, while maintaining the Suncorp Super Netball competition.”