Generation Next to shine in HART Sapphire and Ruby Series return

Generation Next to shine in HART Sapphire and Ruby Series return

With the world’s best netballers currently calling Queensland home as part of the relocated Suncorp Super Netball season, the game’s future stars are set to light up the very same courts with the return of the HART Sapphire and Ruby Series.

Netball Queensland today announced fixture details for the opening two rounds of the 2020 season in both competitions, with all bar one of the games to be played at the home of Netball in Queensland, Nissan Arena.

Following the inaugural HART Sapphire and Ruby Series seasons in 2019, the Bond University Bullsharks, Brisbane North Cougars, Ipswich Jets Netball , USC Thunder, Carina Leagues Club Tigers and Wildcats all return to contest both competitions, with the Panthers to focus their attention on the Ruby Series.

Netball Queensland’s General Manager of Venues, Events, Competitions and Commercial, Ben Mannion, believes the HART Sapphire and Ruby Series’ will be a welcome addition to the world class netball already being played in Queensland.

“The HART Sapphire and Ruby Series’ are designed to elevate Queensland’s incredible netball talent to become the stars of tomorrow and what better way to showcase the potential of these athletes than to kickstart the competition alongside Suncorp Super Netball,” Mannion said.

“Our vision is to raise the next wave of players, coaches and umpires to a bigger and brighter stage, and with the focus fixed firmly on Queensland at present we’ve been presented with a unique opportunity to inspire future generations to step up to the national level.”

“A conscious decision was made to bring the HART Sapphire and Ruby Series’ seasons forward in 2020 and I have no doubt it will pay dividends with Nissan Arena now at the very centre of the netball community.”

The Wildcats were crowned inaugural champions following an impressive 2019 campaign, with Captain and Queensland Firebirds Training Partner Hulita Veve confident her team can defend their title.

“Given the uncertainty of this year our group is just so excited to get the competition underway and be back together playing the game we love,” Veve said.

“We have a fantastic culture at Wildcats which played a major role in our success last season, and we know if we stay true to our standards and our style of play, the results will take care of themselves.”

Nissan Arena has already been a hive of netball activity in August, with all 8 Suncorp Super Netball clubs currently based in Queensland for their games and training.

Mannion says it has provided the perfect practice run for the country’s premier indoor sporting facility ahead of the start of the HART Sapphire and Ruby Series.

“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, officials and spectators is paramount and an enormous amount of work has been undertaken in recent weeks to ensure Nissan Arena remains compliant in the current environment.”

“Having all 8 clubs here for Suncorp Super Netball has been an invaluable experience for the venue from a logistics and scheduling perspective and we can’t wait to showcase the HART Sapphire and Ruby Series side by side with the world’s best at the home of netball in Queensland.”

The opening round of the 2020 HART Sapphire and Ruby Series’ gets underway on Sunday 16 August at Nissan Arena from 3:00pm, with tickets starting from just $10.

HART Sapphire and Ruby Series – Rounds 1&2

1SapphireSun 16 Aug3:00 PMCougarsTigersNISSAN ArenaShow Court
1RubySun 16 Aug3:00 PMWildcatsThunderNISSAN ArenaCourt 4
1SapphireSun 16 Aug5:00 PMJetsBull SharksNISSAN ArenaShow Court
1RubySun 16 Aug5:00 PMCougarsTigersNISSAN ArenaCourt 4
1SapphireSun 16 Aug7:00 PMWildcatsThunderNISSAN ArenaShow Court
1RubySun 16 Aug7:00 PMJetsBull SharksNISSAN ArenaCourt 4
1RubySun 16 Aug BYEPanthers  
2RubySun 23 Aug1:00 PMPanthersBull SharksSt Mary’s CollegeMain Court
2SapphireSun 23 Aug3:00 PMCougarsBull SharksNISSAN ArenaShow Court
2SapphireSun 23 Aug5:00 PMWildcatsJetsNISSAN ArenaShow Court
2RubySun 23 Aug5:00 PMTigersThunderNISSAN ArenaCourt 4
2SaphhireSun 23 Aug7:00 PMTigersThunderNISSAN ArenaShow Court
2RubySun 23 Aug7:00 PMWildcatsJetsNISSAN ArenaCourt 4
2RubySun 23 Aug BYECougars  

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