Super netball is moving to the Sunshine State for the 2020 season, with the competition to begin on August 1.
All six interstate teams from Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth will start arriving from today under strict COVID-safe plans.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement at an indoor sports centre at Nathan in Brisbane’s south.
“What a great coup. It is going to be a netball bonanza,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
All Victorian players and support staff will have to quarantine for two weeks before they are allowed to play.
They will be tested on days 4 and 10 of their quarantine.
“They have a very strict COVID-safe industry plan, approved by the Chief Health Officer,” the Premier said.
“I have no doubt … that the women will follow these plans very strictly.”
The draw is yet to be finalised, but games are expected to be played in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Chair of the Super Netball Commission Marina Go said it was vital for the clubs and players to get the season underway.
“We thank them for working through the challenges with us in the most difficult of circumstances,” Ms Go said.
“With less than two weeks until the first centre pass of the season, the excitement across the league and within our fan base is palpable.”
The State Government is providing $2.2 million to help pay for the move.
Queensland is also hosting AFL teams with the Premier wanting the Sunshine State to be considered to host the AFL grand final.
Fever ‘disappointed’ with decision
The Perth-based West Coast Fever issued a statement saying they were “disappointed’ with the move.
“WA is arguably the safest environment in Australia, and we have had several options on the table with the League for the last 6-8 weeks which have been overlooked,” the club’s managing firector, Simon Taylor, said in a statement.
He said the club was trying to secure some home games, so players and coaching staff are not on the road for the whole season.