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After 13 rounds of action-packed netball, five teams are still in contention for the four coveted play-off spots in the Suncorp Super Netball finals leading into this weekend’s last round on Nine.

The five teams are West Coast Fever, Giants Netball, Sunshine Coast Lightning, Queensland Firebirds and Melbourne Vixens.

While the play-off battle hots up, this weekend’s Round 14 also marks superstar Sharni Layton’s last game of elite netball when she lines up with the Collingwood Magpies against the Queensland Firebirds on Saturday before her retirement.

Veterans Erin Bell and Shae Brown, also from the Collingwood Magpies, will be playing their final game of professional netball too before retiring this weekend. With over 250 national league games between them, they will be closing the door on distinguished careers.

And while Layton, Bell and Brown bow out, the Magpies’ Caitlin Thwaites will notch up her 200th national league cap in this game, joining only six players to reach that milestone.

Hosting all the action for Suncorp Super Netball in Round 14 will be Clint Stanaway, Annie Sargeant, Aislin Kriukelis and Sue Gaudion.


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Giants, Fever, Firebirds and Lightning have qualified for this year’s Suncorp Super Netball finals. Giants and Fever will play each other for the second week in a row when they clash in the major semi final next Saturday.

Major semi-final: Giants Netball v West Coast Fever
Saturday 11 August – 3pm AEST / 1pm AWST
(Quay Centre, Sydney)
(Winner to host grand final, loser to play Firebirds or Lightning in preliminary final)

Minor semi-final: Queensland Firebirds v Sunshine Coast Lightning
Sunday 12 August 1pm AEST / 11am AWST
(Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane)

Preliminary final: Sunday 19 August
Grand final: Sunday 26 August

All finals will be shown live on Nine.



Nine began its official Suncorp Super Netball Finals countdown today, announcing it will broadcast the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball Grand Final - LIVE on Sunday, August 26 from 1.00pm AEST **on Channel Nine.

Grand Final teams will be decided over the coming weeks as they battle it out in the Semi- Finals and Preliminary Finalbeginning Saturday, August 11 from 3.00pm AEST on Nine.

Hosting all the Suncorp Super Netball finals action will be Clint Stanaway and Aislin Kriukelis. They will be joined by an expert commentary team including Australian netball legends Liz Ellis , Anne Sargeant , Cath Cox, Sharelle McMahon, Clare McMeniman and Sue Gaudion

Nine’s Head of Netball, Keeley Devery , said: “It really has been an amazing second year of Suncorp Super netball. With such a close lead up to the finals, we can’t wait to see who will play it out in the Grand Final live on Channel Nine.”

Former Australian captain and Wide World of Sports commentator Liz Ellis said: “Finals are what you dream of in pre-season, and I’m so excited to see the best netballers fight it out for a spot in the Grand Final”

Suncorp Super Netball will also be broadcast via 9Now, Telstra TV and the Netball Live app.


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West Coast Fever will host the Suncorp Super Netball grand final for the first time, after beating Giants yesterday in the major semi final. The grand final on August 26 at Perth Arena will be a late morning start (11am Perth time) to suit Nine’s sporting schedules in the eastern states especially the NRL.



The Giants from NSW play the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Suncorp Super Netball preliminary final this Sunday on Nine, with the winner to meet West Coast Fever in the grand final on Sunday, August 26.

In the major semi-final on the weekend at Quaycentre in Sydney, West Coast Fever booked a grand final berth by defeating Giants Netball 63-57. Jamaican superstar Jhaniele Fowler was in red-hot form, shooting a perfect 48 goals from 48 attempts and landing her 800th goal of the season to secure a home grand final for the Fever.

In the minor semi-final, Sunshine Coast Lightning knocked out the Queensland Firebirds 57-56 in a thriller at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre marked by a high-intensity last quarter. Kelsey Browne from the Lightning was named the Nissan MVP with a game-high 21 assists.

Former Australian captain and Nine’s expert analyst, Liz Ellis , said: “The stage is set for a thrilling preliminary final. During the season these teams met twice, with the Giants having a slight upper hand, narrowly winning the first game and drawing the second. With the leading defenders of the season up against the big-game experience of the Giants and both teams at full strength, this grand final rematch will go down to the wire.”

Super Netball host and Nine News presenter, Clint Stanaway , said: “After last weekend’s epic contests we can’t wait to see what drama Sunday’s preliminary final produces. With so much on the line, it’s game on for the Lightning and the Giants. I’m sensing another nailbiter.”

Stanaway and Ellis will be joined by caller Sue Gaudion and sideline commentator Cath Cox .

The Suncorp Super Netball preliminary final will be broadcast LIVE from Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney at 1.00pm on Nine and can also be seen on 9Now, Telstra TV and the Netball Live app.



The Age sports reporter Roy Ward was on Sportsday last night, and said he expected an announcement regarding the new NBL free-to-air broadcast deal in the next week or so. Ward also heard rumours that Nine would pick up the rights.


It’s back on Nine. Well hidden in GO! As mentioned on Today this morning.


By the sounds of it they aren’t even paying for the rights. Offering free to air spectrum “in lieu of a rights fee” and they get to have some sort of revenue sharing arrangement. NBL covering production costs as well.

This sounds like a desperate niche sport screaming for exposure. They’re getting day time free to air on a multi channel.


Sounds like Nine is becoming what Seven used to be, the home of most of the sports.


Good to see nonetheless. Must be all that saved cash from the cricket deal :stuck_out_tongue:


"while Nine has secured exclusive rights to commercialise the broadcast and sponsorship opportunities within and around the game day production, for distribution on Nine, Fox Sports and NBL.”



Nine’s second stint as NBL broadcaster is to show two matches per week on 9GO?! I think this is actually a backward step, because for the first time in five years, NBL matches won’t be shown on HD on FTA. If you want HD you have to subscribe to Foxtel.
From the Fairfax article:

Nine will also simulcast its live games on the 9Now online service and has secured the digital catch-up rights to show replays of all NBL games throughout the season regardless of what network they are broadcast on.

This is similar to Nine’s current broadcast deal with NRL in which Nine has full digital rights, and can show highlights of all matches on a NRL on Nine YouTube channel, regardless of what network they are shown on.
How will Nine juggle NBL and tennis in January for the next three years though?




Nine today announced it will become an official Australian broadcast partner for the National Basketball League, with the Hungry Jack’s NBL 2018/19 season to tip off on Thursday, October 11.

The new three year sport rights deal will be a revenue sharing arrangement with an agreement to air two games per round on Nine multichannel 9GO!. The deal also covers digital rights and will include a live simulcast of the games aired on 9GO!, along with catch-up rights to all NBL games throughout the season following their conclusion, regardless of the network the game has aired on.

The NBL enjoyed its biggest season to date in 2017-2018, with record crowd attendances and participation rates at a grassroots level, the new deal will see the NBL become more accessible to fans across the country.

Earlier this year, the Sydney Kings announced that they would be signing Andrew Bogut for the upcoming season, unquestionably the biggest signing in NBL history. Bogut, 33, was the #1 NBA draft pick in 2005, as well as being a former NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors, and is just one of a record number of Australian players currently taking the basketball world by storm.

Under the deal, Nine and the NBL will work together to commercialise the advertising inventory and broadcast monetisation of all matches across the regular season and finals series.

Tom Malone, Nine’s Director of Sport said, “We are thrilled to have Basketball back on Nine and part of the Wide World of Sports family. Larry and the team at NBL have done a terrific job re-building basketball in Australia, and securing some big names for the coming season – it will be great to see Andrew Bogut make his debut for the Sydney Kings.

“Moreover, this signals yet another innovation in sports rights, where the value of Nine’s spectrum has been recognised in lieu of a rights fee and production costs, while Nine has secured exclusive rights to commercialise the broadcast and sponsorship opportunities within and around the game day production, for distribution on Nine, Fox Sports and NBL.”

“We have also structured a commercial partnership beyond the broadcast, to build a business relationship between the NBL and Nine to achieve maximum return for both sporting body and broadcaster in the years ahead.”

NBL Owner and Executive Director Larry Kestelman said: “This is a very exciting announcement for the NBL and Australian basketball. To have a major free to air commercial partner in Nine will help take the NBL to a new level and confirm our status as the best league in the world outside of the NBA.“

“We are delighted that more fans than ever before will be able to watch live basketball on Nine’s free to air channels and enjoy what is a golden period for the game in Australia including two huge games between the Boomers and Team USA next year.

“To be part of one of Australia’ leading media companies will take basketball to a bigger audience than ever before and we can’t wait for the season to start on October 11.”

The Hungry Jack’s NBL 2018/19 season commences on Thursday, October 11th, on 9GO! and 9Now.

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They have not paid for these rights. They have essentially acquired them for free.


If the tennis is on Nine and 9Gem with the basketball on 9Go!, what is the problem?


Except for this is a worse deal than they already had…


Should have included at least one night game, I think.


The previous deal was delayed Friday game on ABC, and two live games Sat 5.30 and Sun 3.00. I’d be happy with that. Instead now it’s all in SD. A night game would have been nice, yes.