Netball Australia chief govt Kelly Ryan says the desire is for an additional Melbourne-based facet to be included within the Tremendous Netball competitors if Collingwood shut up store.
The Magpies are reviewing their Tremendous Netball program, and there are grave fears the crew shall be shut down on the finish of the present season.
Netball Australia want to keep up an eight-team competitors underneath the present broadcast deal, and Ryan is already in talks with potential new franchises.
If Collingwood do fold, Netball Australia can be eager to switch them with one other Victorian-based franchise with a view to have two groups based mostly out of Melbourne.
“This can be a actually large market. Netball in Victoria is immensely robust,” Ryan informed SEN.
“So our pure desire from the outset is to have two groups on this market, however we wish to be open to all alternatives.”
Ryan is assured Netball Australia will have the ability to swiftly exchange the Magpies in the event that they decide out on the finish of the season.
“We nonetheless have the perfect netball league on the earth,” she mentioned.
“So if we have to discover a further licence – as a result of we’re completely dedicated to having eight groups proceed in Tremendous Netball into the long run – then we’ll get onto that course of actually shortly.
“I feel we’ll be in a very good place. We have had a lot of events attain out throughout the final couple of years flagging their needs.
“And even within the final 24 hours, there’s been different individuals who have reached out eager to have conversations about what the chance does seem like.
“We’re very assured that we’ll proceed to have eight groups within the competitors.”
The information of Collingwood’s potential demise has left the membership’s gamers and workers members shocked.
The Magpies have made the finals 3 times since coming into the competitors in 2017, however have by no means progressed previous the primary week of the play-offs.
Collingwood at the moment sit backside of the ladder with a 2-7 document, and their poor outcomes have contributed to the membership’s monetary struggles.
In the meantime, Kelly mentioned Netball Australia will put up a $300,000 revenue this monetary 12 months in what represents a $4.7 million swing from their $4.4m loss within the final monetary 12 months.
This 12 months’s Tremendous Netball grand ultimate shall be held at Melbourne’s John Cain Enviornment on July 8 regardless of which groups make the decider.
The placement for this 12 months’s decider was already locked in as a part of the $15m sponsorship take care of Go to Victoria.
That sponsorship deal runs till 2027, nevertheless it’s unclear whether or not it means the grand ultimate shall be held in Melbourne yearly till then.
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