Giants and Thunderbirds Descend on Orange

Orange will host the first 2021 premier netball game since the season closed in 2019, as the Giants take on the Adelaide Thunderbirds in a pre-season match in March.

The two teams will take the court on Saturday, March 6 at the PCYC in Orange. Tickets will be available for this match and will go on-sale in due course.

The Giants will also spend some time in the Orange community, including visits to some of the local netball associations in the area.

Sport and Recreation Policy Committee Chair Jason Hamling.

Giants Head Coach Julie Fitzgerald is excited by many things this trip brings.

“I can’t wait to get to the town of Orange and I also can’t wait to play in a stadium full of fans again,” she said.

“This trip not only provides us the opportunity to test ourselves against another Super Netball side, but hopefully expose Giants and elite netball to fans outside of the metropolitan area.”

Giants Netball Executive General Manager, Tim Underwood said it is a fantastic opportunity to showcase our club and sport to people in regional New South Wales.

“We can’t wait to turn Orange orange and finally be back playing in front of a home crowd,” he said.

“It is a chance for us to visit a really strong netball region where one of our own Giants Training Partner’s Annie Miller started her career and inspire young netballers to also want to be a Giant.

“The support from Orange City Council has been fantastic and we hope we can make this an annual pilgrimage given the synergy of our team’s colours and the town”.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd welcomed the Suncorp Super Netball pre-season fixture to the city.

“I can’t wait for Orange to host these titans of the National Netball League and am pleased the teams are bringing their game out of the metropolitan areas for regional fans to enjoy,” he said.

“Sporting competitions across the country bore the brunt of the pandemic in 2020 and I’m pleased we are in a position now where the players and fans of all ages can get back into the sports they love.”

Orange City Council Sport and Recreation Policy Committee chair Jason Hamling says netball in Orange has been strongly supported for many years and expects the excitement to build across the city in the lead-up to the event.

“This is a great opportunity for local netball players and fans to see their favourite professional players in the flesh, playing the sport at the highest national level,” he said.

Mayor Reg Kidd attempts a shot past NSW Netball’s regional development and pathways unit manager Mardi Aplin.

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