The Suncorp Super Netball league is breaking for four weeks to allow for the Vitality World Cup, which is being held in Liverpool from 12-21 July.
Your Lorna Jane Queensland Firebirds will return in Round 10 on July 27 in the highly anticipated 2019 re-match of the Battle of the Bruce against the Sunshine Coast Lightning at home at the Queensland State Netball Centre.
The good news for diehard Firebird and netball fans is that you can still catch world-class netball AND see some of your favourite Firebirds in the new HART Sapphire Series.
All of the Firebirds who are not travelling to Liverpool for the World Cup have been assigned to one of the HART Sapphire Series teams and they will play in the local fixtures throughout the World Cup break.
It will be a huge boost for the new state competition with players having the opportunity to be challenged by some of the best athletes in the country.
And the Suncorp Super Netball players will gain value from the continued game play and be ready to recommence with the business end of the season when play returns for round 10 in late July.
Whilst some players such as Gretel Tippett, Romelda Aiken, Erin Burger, Lenize Potgieter and Gabi Simpson are part of the World Cup, and others such as Mahalia Cassidy and Tippah Dwan are ruled out through injury, there is still a wealth of top-level experience set to grace the HART Sapphire Series.
The HART Sapphire Series is an initiative of Netball Queensland so the Suncorp Super Netball players joining the Sapphire Series will also incorporate the athletes from the Sunshine Coast Lightning, and afford a rare and exciting opportunity to see players who are usually opponents playing alongside each other on the same team.
The full player allocations can be found below.
Brisbane North Cougars
- Tara Hinchliffe (FIR)
- Laura Scherian (LIG)
Bond University Bull Sharks
- Gretel Tippett (FIR, playing in the World Cup for the Aussie Diamonds)
Brisbane East Tigers
- Gabi Simpson (FIR, World Cup commitments as a reserve)
- Jacqui Russell (LIG)
- Kim Jenner (FIR)
- Caitlin Nevins (FIR)
- Jemma Mi Mi (FIR)
- Romelda Aiken (FIR, playing in the World Cup for Jamaica)
- Maddy McAuliffe (LIG)
- Tippah Dwan (FIR – injured)
- Laura Clemesha (FIR)
- Mahalia Cassidy (FIR – injured)
- Cara Koenen (LIG)
- Annika Lee Jones (LIG)
- Abigail Latu-Meafou (FIR)
*Player availability is based upon SSN head coach approval and may vary from week to week.
The Vitality Netball World Cup is taking place in Liverpool from 12 – 21 July with approximately 30 athletes from across the Suncorp Super Netball taking part for various nations.
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