Queensland Derby To Go Ahead In Sunshine State

The much-awaited Queensland derby will remain in the Sunshine State this weekend!

Sunshine Coast Lightning will take on Queensland Firebirds at Nissan Arena on Monday 19 July 2021 from 7pm in an amended Round 11 fixture.

Monday night’s “Battle of the Bruce” will be open to the public with tickets set to go on sale to the general public on Friday evening.

Suncorp Super Netball yesterday announced the season would migrate to an Adelaide hub for the final 4 rounds.

While the 4 Melbourne based Suncorp Super Netball clubs relocated to South Australia to participate in a hub format immediately.

A late decision by the state government to extend border restrictions on Queenslanders entering the southern state have prevented Lightning from travelling this weekend.

The League are working with the 2 Queensland sides and the South Australian Government to allow the teams to enter the state under strict protocols for future matches.

Lightning CEO Danielle Smith said the Club were working closely with the League and relevant government departments to find an appropriate solution to ensure the continuation of the season.

“The ever-evolving COVID-19 landscape comes with it a number of complexities that we have to work through in conjunction with the League,” Smith said.

“Athlete wellbeing is paramount and as a Club that is our first priority in the coming days.

“We also appreciate the sheer amount of work going on behind the scenes to find an appropriate solution.

“That said, we are thrilled to be able to play a match against the Firebirds this weekend in front of a local crowd and encourage our Members and fans to travel down the highway to cheer the team on.

“The past 18 months has, if anything, provided a lesson in adaptability and I am confident as a Club we will approach this new challenge with the same determination and excellence.”

More information around future SSN fixtures will be communicated by the League in the coming days.

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