Back in 2015 when the idea of an Australian-only League was first tabled by Netball Australia, Netball NSW had a vision: to bring more elite netball to our State.
It would be a huge undertaking and when the journey began there were a lot more questions than answers. Could NSW sustain two professional franchises? Was there a big enough appetite in the community? What would the new team look like?
Professional sport is not an easy game. Every team, no matter the code, has its challenges but in the end Netball NSW felt it was our responsibility to grasp this opportunity on behalf of our 116,000 registered members.
Interest in NSW netball is at an all-time high; Netball NSW has seen record registration numbers at grassroots level, as well as a strong, healthy representation at an elite level.
In terms of appetite, we knew NSW was hungry for more – the question was how best to satisfy our fans?
As the organisation began planning the steps to introduce a new elite netball team to the State, and after moving into Sydney Olympic Park, it made sense to approach our new neighbours; GIANTS AFL.
When people ask why Netball NSW decided to form a strategic alliance with the GIANTS, it is important to note that this isn’t the first time the organisation has entered into a partnership with an AFL club.
Netball is the premier female sport in Australia and Netball NSW is delighted to be part of a significant growth period of the game.
Netball NSW has a huge investment in this new league, and we are very proud to play a big role in the next evolution of Australian netball.