The Ruby Series’ underpins the HART Sapphire Series and provides a direct pathway for developing Queensland’s emerging talent. The Ruby Series provides an opportunity for players from right across Queensland to prepare for a place in the HART Sapphire Series as well as providing exciting young talent with the opportunity to learn from and be exposed to more experienced players and coaches.
The Ruby Series’ is split into two components, Ruby Series South, which will play alongside the HART Sapphire Series and the Ruby Series’ North who will play three cluster weekends of fixtures around Northern Rays home games in the HART Sapphire Series. Each Ruby Series’ team will have a direct link to a HART Sapphire Series team, providing opportunities for every player to advance. This provides links to further Queensland netball players and gives them equal opportunity.
Both the HART Sapphire Series and Ruby Series ensure young netballers around the State have a visible aspirational goal.
Netball Queensland GM – High Performance & Sport Entertainment Richard McInnes said while it was wonderful that every young netballer wants to be Diamond, the number who reach the pinnacle was very small.
“I would encourage young players to aim to play 100 games in the HART Sapphire Series for their Club and if they do, that, there is every chance they will get an opportunity in the Suncorp Super Netball and then it is only one step to the Diamonds”
Participation in the Ruby Series will form a crucial step in the development framework for players to move from the Queensland Premier League up into the Ruby Series and then be a candidate for HART Sapphire Series contract. Ultimately, this will enhance the number of Queensland players who are ready to step into the Suncorp Super Netball competition.