19 Nov Stage set for gem of a day at home of Netball
All eyes in Queensland will be on Nissan Arena this weekend, as the home of netball hosts the final major event for the game in this unprecedented year.
Saturday marks Grand Final day for the HART Sapphire and Ruby series respectively, with three Clubs set to battle for supremacy in Netball Queensland’s jewel in the crown.
The Brisbane North Cougars will be represented in both games, as they prepare to face the Minor Premiership winning Ipswich Jets in the HART Sapphire Series Grand Final, and a resurgent Carina Leagues Club Tigers in the HART Ruby Series playoff.
Grand Final day has also received a significant boost off the court, with recent further easing of COVID-19 restrictions meaning it will be the first netball event at Nissan Arena with the potential to host a capacity crowd in 2020.
HART Sapphire Series League Manager, Demelza Fellowes, expects strong support from all three clubs and believes its just reward for the teams after a unique season.
“We have an incredibly passionate netball community here in Queensland who proudly wear their colours, and their hearts, on their sleeves,” Fellowes said.
“It should be a fantastic atmosphere at Nissan Arena on Saturday and, as one of the premier elite netball leagues in the country, our athletes deserve nothing less on the biggest stage of their season.”
Like most sporting leagues across the country, both the HART Sapphire and Ruby Series’ have been forced to adapt in the COVID environment, with the season constantly evolving throughout the year.
Fellowes said the quality of competition across the season was credit to the strong collaboration between all of the League’s stakeholders.
“To be preparing for a Grand Final day at full capacity is remarkable when you consider the hurdles, we’ve collectively overcome to ensure we got our athletes back on the court this year.”
“The selflessness and commitment of our Clubs, the Netball Queensland team and our partners, in particular HART, has been tremendous and we simply could not have delivered this season without it.”
“There’s something uniquely ‘netball’ about pulling together in the toughest of times and I know on Grand Final day we’ll all reflect with a great deal of pride on what we’ve delivered together.”
The Grand Final presentation ceremony will be hosted by Queensland Firebirds triple premiership winner Claire Ferguson, and include the awarding of the Katie Walker Medal for the Most Valuable Player in the Ruby League and HART Sapphire Series.
The Nissan Arena doors will open from 1:30pm on Saturday, with the Ruby Series Final commencing at 3pm, and the Sapphire Series game at 5pm. Fans are also encouraged to get in early to enjoy the game day activities and entertainment on the concourse.
Tickets are on sale now or can be purchased at the ticket office, with admission starting from $10 and hospitality packages available for $30.
You can also LIVE stream the games via the HART Sapphire Series website and Facebook page, with the coverage to include Queensland Firebirds Goal Shooter Romelda Aiken as a special guest commentator.