Diamonds captain and Giants player Caitlin Bassett Picture: Richard Dobson
Diamonds captain and Giants player Caitlin Bassett Picture: Richard Dobson

Super Netball teams to join elite clubs in Coast hub

The influx of elite sports teams to the Sunshine Coast continues with two Super Netball teams to set up shop in the region alongside Lightning.

Giants Netball confirmed they will arrive in mid-August and call Mooloolaba home for the majority of the season.

They'll aim to train out of USC Stadium, but may use other facilities.

A Giants spokesperson said the club was flying into Queensland on Thursday afternoon and would remain in Brisbane for two to three weeks before driving up to the Coast.

A NSW Swifts spokesperson also confirmed their club was preparing to call the region home for the majority of the Super Netball season.

He said they would likely drive up to the Coast on Monday, following their game in Brisbane this weekend.

As previously announced, the Giants were set to relocate to the competition-wide Queensland hub after three rounds of action in Sydney at Ken Rosewall Arena.

However, with growing COVID-19 concerns and the new state border restrictions, which will close to Sydney residents from 1am Saturday, both the Giants and Swifts are making the move to Queensland immediately.

Instead of opening their season against the West Coast Fever on Saturday, the Giants will now host the Swifts at Nissan Arena in Brisbane this Sunday, with the following fixtures to be finalised in the coming days.

Giants aim to be settled on the Coast from August 16, but may arrive earlier.

It's familiar territory for Giants player Caitlin Bassett, having played with Sunshine Coast Lightning in the past.

They're the latest elite team to set up shop in the region, with AFL sides St Kilda Saints, Melbourne Demons and North Melbourne Kangaroos already here.

Melbourne Storm are also calling the region home, the first to do so when COVID-19 concerns grew in Victoria in late June.