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SSN 2021 Season Format Revealed

Suncorp Super Netball, in consultation with Sunshine Coast Lightning and competing clubs, has today announced a framework for the 2021 season.

The SSN season is slated to commence on Saturday May 1 2021, with the league stating its intention to complete a full 14 round home and away format.

Today’s announcement also confirmed a Sunday 29 August Grand Final, at the completion of a regular 3-week finals campaign.  

A full fixture is set to be released next month, with detailed match information provided for the first month of competition, allowing for the necessary flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing COVID environment.

Lightning CEO Danielle Smith praised the league’s transparency surrounding the season, as the Club’s pre-season preparations continue to ramp up towards the May start date.

Suncorp Super Netball, in consultation with Sunshine Coast Lightning and competing clubs, has today announced a framework for the 2021 season.

“There’s a real excitement around the Club now that we have a tangible date and format to work towards,” Smith said.

“We appreciate the contingency planning and work involved behind the scenes to counter the disruption of the ongoing COVID pandemic, and the additional precautions needed to keep our people and the community safe.

“I am confident the team, led by Kylee [Byrne], will leave no stone unturned in their preparations for another competitive season in the world’s premier netball league.

“We look forward to bringing elite netball back to USC Stadium, with the full vocal support of our passionate and dedicated Members and fans in 2021.”

Acting Executive General Manager of Suncorp Super Netball Dave Lee said today’s announcement is exciting for the SSN league, clubs and fans alike.

 “To have the season start date locked away is fantastic – it gives the entire league some certainty about what we’re all working towards and fans can start the countdown to when they’ll next be seeing their teams live in action as we work towards having fans at every game this season,” Lee said.

“Following on from the 2020 season which was delivered in a hub in Queensland, the intent is to deliver the 2021 competition in standard format of home and away matches around the country, providing fans from across Australia the opportunity to watch live matches again.

“With the potential for the pandemic to again impact the season, possibly leading to border closures at short notice, we understand we need to have as much flex as possible in our contingency planning and that changes may need to be made to the fixture during the season, but our team and the entire league are prepared to again be working in a very fluid environment.”

In the statement released by the league today, it was also confirmed that the Team Girls Cup pre-season tournament would not take place in 2021.

Teams are however entitled to play in a number of pre-season matches, potentially giving Members and fans the opportunity to watch live netball before the commencement of the season proper.

The decision was made in consultation with Clubs, due to uncertainty surrounding border closures and to prioritise the Origin Diamonds’ Constellation Cup series, set to take place in March.

The 2021 Suncorp Super Netball season will again be broadcast live on Nine, Telstra TV and the Netball Live Official App.