22 Jul NORTHERN RAYS SEASON PAUSED FOR ROUND 6
The Northern Rays will not compete in Round 6 of the HART Sapphire Series while the team resolves its finance issues.
Netball Queensland CEO Catherine Clark said pausing the team’s season briefly was unavoidable, however, she stressed that this week’s action did not mean the end of the season for the North Queensland team.
“It is disappointing and we feel for the Northern Rays players and everyone connected with the team.
“The Rays have struggled to find the sponsorship levels they need so we are continuing to support the Rays as they explore a range of options that could bring them back into the competition.
“Ideally, we want the Rays to find a solution that keeps them in the HART Sapphire Series for the next three years. Working from week to week is not a sustainable option. It’s unfair to the playing group and coaching staff,” Ms Clark said.
Netball Queensland General Manager High Performance and Sports Entertainment Richard McInnes said he was confident of finding a viable solution for the Rays.
“I’ve been in North Queensland meeting with potential sponsors. There is a compelling case for partnering with our athletes that delivers tangible benefits to partners,” he said.
“The Northern Rays are beloved by the community and the athletes are elite level, so a partnership with this team would be a great way to connect with the local community,” Mr McInnes said.
The Northern Rays were scheduled to play the Bond University Bull Sharks at the Queensland Netball Centre on Sunday, July 28 at 1.30pm. The Bond University Bull Sharks will now have a bye for Round 6.
No decision has been made on Round 7 yet.