Swifts set to sizzle on Sundays in 2015
The NSW Swifts will open their 2015 ANZ Championship campaign with back-to-back trips to regional New Zealand, firstly to Invercargill on Sunday 1 March to take on the Southern Steel, and then to Tauranga in Round 2 to face the side that defeated them in last season’s Minor Semi-Final, the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic.
As is tradition in the ANZ Championship, every second season Australian franchises will travel three times to New Zealand, as opposed to twice, with the NSW Swifts also travelling to Wellington to play the Central Pulse on ANZAC Day.
The NSW Swifts will host six home games next season, all at Sydney Olympic Park, with five games to be played on Sundays and a Monday night clash against the West Coast Fever in Round 4. In addition to the Fever, the NSW Swifts will host the Queensland Firebirds, Northern Mystics (NZ), Melbourne Vixens, Adelaide Thunderbirds and Mainland Tactix (NZ).
All home games will be contested at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, with the exception of the Club’s Round 10 game against the 2014 Premiers, the Melbourne Vixens, which will be played at Allphones Arena.
After the NSW Swifts set a new ANZ Championship regular season crowd record of 10,118 at this venue last season, the NSW Swifts have their sights on setting an all-time League-record which the Club also holds of 12,099 when they hosted the inaugural ANZ Championship Grand Final in 2008.
Having played Finals netball for the first in three seasons in 2014, and on the back of strong off-season recruitment with includes seven players with International Caps, the NSW Swifts have experienced astonishing demand for 2015 Memberships, with the Club on the verge of breaking its own Membership record of 1,676 set last year.
“We know our Members and supporters enjoy Sunday games, which is reflected in the number of capacity crowds we have hosted on Sundays over recent years,” said Carolyn Campbell, Netball NSW Chief Executive Officer.
“Every season, games against our traditional rival the Melbourne Vixens are a highlight of the ANZ Championship Draw, so we are delighted that we will host the reigning Champions at Allphones Arena, enabling more people to watch this much-anticipated Blockbuster.”
“With the huge demand we are experiencing for 2015 NSW Swifts Memberships, I anticipate that next season we will have limited seats left to put on general sale, so I would strongly encourage all supporters to renew or join as a NSW Swifts’ Member in the very near future to guarantee their seat in the RED ZONE for what will be an exciting year,” concluded Campbell.
2015 will be the Rob Wright’s second season in charge of the NSW Swifts, and while the Club’s home and away Draw is tough, Wright is confident the Player Roster is up to the task.
“We have a demanding first half of the season, with plenty of travel, but for many of our roster it’s not a unique situation and it’s a challenge we will relish,” Wright said.
“On the flip side, we have four games at home in the final seven rounds, including a massive Blockbuster against the defending Champions the Melbourne Vixens at Allphones Arena – which I dare say will attract a bigger crowd than our record of last year and that’s an exciting prospect.”
“Having reached the Finals last season, we want to go even further in 2015, and to do this we have to win matches, irrespective of the draw, and with six months until the season starts, our job is to ensure we are in the best shape possible to achieve our goals,” explained Wright.
Last year, the NSW Swifts hosted the first ever ANZ Championship game in the nation’s capital, with the fixture having added importance as it was held on ANZAC Day. In 2015, the Club will again feature on ANZAC Day, something Wright is very much looking forward to.
“Having hosted a game on ANZAC Day last season and experiencing the emotions that go with such an occasion, I think it’s a real honour that the NSW Swifts will once again be playing on such a significant day for both Australians and New Zealanders, this time against the Pulse in Wellington,” concluded Wright.
The NSW Swifts will announce individual ticket prices and on sale dates later in the year, with availability expected to be limited due to increased Membership.
While the Club has temporarily halted the sale of Gold Memberships to new Members until the renewal period ends 21 September 2014, supporters can still purchase a highly desirable Silver Category Membership and request to upgrade to Gold, in the event more become available. Silver seats are positioned right behind the shooting circle at both ends of the court, giving fans a wonderful vantage point to enjoy the world’s premier netball competition and to soak up the atmosphere of a NSW Swifts’ home game.
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NSW Swifts 2015 Season Draw
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Start times for next season’s draw will be confirmed by the Trans-Tasman Netball League in due course.
The Trans-Tasman Netball League will be making a decision by the end of the month on the introduction of a proposed new Conference Finals Series model for 2015.
2015 is shaping up to be a very exciting season for the NSW Swifts!
The NSW Swifts take great pride on delivering a Membership and game-day experience Beyond Expectation, and this will again be the Club’s mission next season.
2015 Memberships are NOW ON SALE – renew or join today!