Netball Australia has confirmed that the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season will go ahead and that 2020 Constellations Cup will be held afterwards.
Originally scheduled for a May 2, 2020 start, the 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Netball Australia has announced that the 2020 season will take place, starting on August 1, 2020. While the complete list of fixtures has yet to be released, the full 60 match season between the league's eight teams will be played.
Following the regular domestic season, the Constellation Cup will also be held. The four-match series, contested between both the Australian Diamonds and the Silver Ferns, has been held annually since 2010.
Both Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have pledged to hold the series later in 2020 after their respective domestic seasons, should travel restrictions be lifted between the two nations. The dates have yet to be confirmed.
At present the ANZ Premier, the Kiwi domestic competition, will resume on June 19 2020, and will finish with a triple-header Finals Series on August 23, 2020.
Netball Australia did confirm that the Quad Series, which has been held annually since 2016 between Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa, has been cancelled for 2020. All four nations are committed to keep meeting to schedule the next Quad Series.
While the cancellation of the Quad Series was described as a "great disappointment" by Netball Australia, Suncorp Super Netball CEO Chris Symington did express enthusiasm that the domestic Australian season would return:
“We’re thrilled that a season start date has been locked away, now all our stakeholders have a date to work towards and fans can start to get excited for the start of the season. We are planning to play out a full home and away season, and we are confident that our start date gives us the best opportunity to achieve that,” he told Netball Australia.
“Our guiding principles throughout this process have never changed, those being the health and wellbeing of the community alongside the financial viability of our sport. There has been a collective commitment to those principles from the whole system including players, teams, partners and broadcasters and we will continue to take that approach as we look to get our season underway.
“I would like to thank our dedicated members and fans who have stuck by their teams and the sport through an incredibly challenging period. We look forward to showcasing our world-class athletes once again from August 1.”
Contracted players will continue to get paid from June 1, returning to their full 23 hours of weekly training later that month.