Giant commitment to Canberra in inaugural Super Netball

Kimberlee Green will play two games for the Giants in Canberra in the new Super Netball League. Photo: Matt KingNetball ACT general manager Adam Horner says Giants Netball playing two Super Netball games in Canberra is a “big commitment” and not just a “token show up”.

And he says they’ll work with Netball NSW to decide what community engagement they can have around the Giants’ two games at the AIS next year.

One possibility being investigated is a potential inter-code fans day involving the Giants’ AFL, AFL Women’s and netball teams.

In Super Netball’s inaugural season, the Giants will play the Adelaide Thunderbirds in round five and Melbourne Vixens in round 12 at the AIS Arena next year, with the full fixture announced on Monday.

Given each team in the new eight-team league only has seven home games each, that means more than a quarter of the Giants’ home fixtures will take place in the nation’s capital.

Horner indicated it highlighted the level of commitment they’d made towards the ACT.

“It’s a big commitment that Giants Netball has made to Canberra. It’s one that’s untested so it has to work for everybody,” he said on Tuesday.

“We really feel privileged that they’ve take the risk in committing to Canberra so I guess it’s our turn to show them that’s a risk worth taking.

“It’s not a token show-up situation, it’s a true commitment to the Canberra community.

“It’s seen by the number of games in comparison to the rest of the season is really quite high, we’re really pleased with the commitment they’ve shown to Canberra.”

The ACT government has helped financially to bring the games to Canberra and the arrangement will be reassessed at the end of the first season, with the view to making it a long-term commitment.

The Giants were keen to replicate their three teams playing in Canberra, with their AFL Women’s side also likely to play a home game at Manuka Oval next year.

Horner said they were still working through the detail and it was too early to say what community engagement the Giants would do ahead of their two Super Netball games in the ACT.

He said they were also looking at how they could create a clear path for Canberra netballers to make it into the Super Netball system.

Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander told Fairfax Media last month she wanted the Giants to become the team Canberra kids grow up dreaming of playing for with the view to that leading to them eventually playing for the Diamonds.

Horner said it was also a work in progress of the best way to develop that path.

“It’s been a bit difficult to engage in those conversations and I think our next stage is to have a conversation with the Giants in terms of what their community engagement strategy in Canberra is going to be and what we can do to help support them in that,” Horner said.

“But there’s no doubt we would like to see them be active in our community.”

Horner said Netball ACT would continue to “put their hands up” to host the Diamonds in Canberra, but felt having had them here three times in three years they were unlikely to play here again soon.

This year they played in Tasmania for the first time in 30 years and Horner felt they would continue to take games around Australia.


March 19: Giants Netball v Adelaide Thunderbirds at AIS Arena, 1pm.

May 14: Giants Netball v Melbourne Vixens, at AIS Arena, 1pm.

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