Magpies 2017 Fixture Released

It is an exciting time for netball in Australia as the new Suncorp Super Netball League is launched for 2017. The eight-club league features the five existing Australian teams and three new license holders (Magpies, Sunshine Coast Lightning and Giants Netball).

The announcement comes with news of a five year broadcast rights deal with Nine and Telstra, triggering the end of the ANZ Championship & a new collective agreement between Netball Australia, the clubs and the ANPA. This agreement maintains our players’ position as the highest paid female athletes in the country.

As a result of all this being finalized, the Collingwood Magpies are excited to announce our 2017 Fixture.

GM of Netball Jennifer McIntyre spoke of the fixture upon its release today.

“We are really excited about the fixture. Our first game is a great opportunity for Melbourne. We are up against the Vixens and hopefully we’ll see a lot of Victorian fans there to support both teams. No doubt there will be a great rivalry between us, particularly as the Vixens have been the king of the town for a while.”

“We love to travel and all the girls talk about how they like to get on the road. It’s lots of fun to get on the road and travel with your friends.”

“A few double headers is great too. It gives us an opportunity to look at the other teams and its good for the fans.”

“We finish off with an away game against the Thunderbirds and hopefully by then we will be looking forward to finals.”

“We’ve overall got a great draw with a great number of games on Sundays which will be great for our fans to come along.”

“We’ve got a great team and we are excited by the fixture which really is the icing on the cake looking into our first season.”

 

 

 

Round 1 will certainly kick off with a bang as the two-Victorian teams battle it out with a derby against the Melbourne Vixens on Saturday 18th February. This is an away game for the Magpies to kick start the cross-town rivalry.

 

Round 2 on Saturday 25th February will surely be a tough match as we face the reigning premiers, the Queensland Firebirds. It’s the first interstate game for the year as the team travel north to the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre for a 7:45pm start (8:45pm Melbourne time).

 

Round 3 sees the Magpies face off against another one of the newcomers to the competition, The Giants. The match will be played at Hisense Arena on Saturday 4th March at 7pm, giving Melbourne based fans an opportunity to catch a couple of games in a row at home. Note: This game is the first of four double-headers the Magpies will play in for the 2017 season. In this double-header, the Vixens will be taking on the NSW Swifts after the first game featuring the Magpies & the Giants.

 

Round 4 will see us play our first game of the year at Margaret Court Arena on Sunday 12th March at 3pm against the Adelaide Thunderbirds. It will also be a particularly interesting game for Cody Lange, as she takes on her former team, and Head Coach Kristy Keppich-Birrell, having been Assistant Coach at the TBirds during the 2016 season.

 

Round 5 on the 18th March has the Magpies taking on the Sunshine Coast Lightning in another double-header in Brisbane, this time on a Saturday night at 7:45pm. With the Vixens taking on the Firebirds in the earlier match, it’s a late start for the fans but one that Channel 9 hopes will attract a large television audience from all over Australia when it airs on delay at 8:45pm.

 

In Round 6, Sharni Layton and Caitlin Thwaites will be reunited with their former team, the NSW Swifts at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday 26th March at 1pm.

 

Round 7 will take place on Sunday 2nd April at 3pm where we are back home at Hisense against the local rivals the Vixens. It is sure to be a fascinating match as it is the first Magpies Home game against the Vixens and the rivalry will be well and truly alive at that stage of the season.

 

Round 8 the Magpies will be back at Hisense Arena for the second week in a row, this time on Friday 7th April at 7:30pm to take on the West Coast Fever for the very first time in 2017. It will be a significant game for April Brandley, Ash Brazill & Shae Brown as they face off against their former Fever teammates.

 

After a 2-week break, the season continues with Round 9 on Sunday 23rd April as we see another double-header for the girls, this time as they take on the Giants at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney at 1pm. The double-header will have the Vixens facing off against the Swifts in the 3pm game.

 

Round 10 on Saturday 29th April sees the Magpies back at Margaret Court Arena, this time against the Queensland Firebirds in what is sure to be a huge game. 

 

Round 11 will take place on Saturday 6th May and will be another double-header at Hisense Arena as our girls take on the Sunshine Coast Lightning at 8:45pm. It will follow the first game of the night that sees the Vixens face off against the Firebirds.

 

Round 12 will see our girls again play off against the Swifts at Hisense Arena on Saturday 13th May at 7pm.

 

Round 13 on Saturday 20th May has the Magpies flying west to take on the Fever at the Perth Arena. The game will be shown live on Channel 9 at 6:45pm local time in WA & 8:45pm Melbourne.

 

And finally, Round 14, the last round of the season on Sunday 28th May, will see the Magpies take on the Thunderbirds over in Adelaide at Titanium Security Arena. The game starts at 12:30pm local time in South Australia, but will be telecast on the Telstra Network live at 1pm for Melbourne viewers.

 

 

DOUBLE HEADER GAMES – EXPLANATION

 

In the 2017 Suncorp Super Netball season, Netball Australia has introduced double-header games. A double header involves two games being played one after the other on the same day.

 

Round 3 and Round 11 of the 2017 season have been designated as double-header games to be played at Hisense Arena.

 

In conjunction with the Melbourne Vixens, the Collingwood Magpies have negotiated the following arrangements for all Club members:

 

The Round 3 game will be a Collingwood Magpies hosted home game

All Magpies members with a reserved seat will have access to their reserved seat for both games of the double header (i.e. members will not be required to change seats between games).

Double header games will be fully ticketed therefore all Magpies general admission members will be required to upgrade to a reserved seat at the cost of the booking fee only.

 

The Round 11 game will be a Melbourne Vixens hosted home game

All Magpies members with a reserved seat will not have access to their reserved seat but will be issued with a replacement seat of equivalent location in a bay with other Magpies members.

Double header games will be fully ticketed therefore all Magpies general admission members will be required to upgrade to a reserved seat at the cost of the booking fee only.