ANZ Championship pre-season in Sydney

Sydney will jointly host next year’s ANZ Championship Pre-Season Tournament.

The ANZ Championship has announced that Sydney Olympic Park and Auckland will host simultaneous events between 18-20 March.

The NSW Swifts, Melbourne Vixens and West Coast Fever will be joined by New Zealand sides Central Pulse and Mainland Tactix at Netball Central (18-19 March) and Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre (20 March).

Reigning champions Queensland Firebirds and the Adelaide Thunderbirds will compete in Auckland against New Zealand teams Northern Mystics, Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and Southern Steel.

Next year will see New Zealand host an ANZ Championship pre-season tournament for the first time since Tauranga welcomed the 10 teams back in 2012.

Tickets to the Sydney tournament will go on sale from 10am (AEDT) on January 13 next year via the NSW Swifts website.

Crowd numbers to the three sessions at Netball Central will be capped at 700.

“We’re pleased that the ANZ Championship Pre-Season is back for 2016, including a return to New Zealand for the first time since 2012, as the weekend plays an important role for the teams’ preparation for the season ahead,” ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook said.

The weekend will see each team contest six games, which will include a combination of 60 and 30-minute matches, under the newly introduced Official Rules of Netball for the first time.

The new rules to be applied from next season will include the elimination of whistles following goals and obvious ball out of court; amendments to injury time; and changes to the out of play rule.

The 2016 ANZ Championship Pre-Season draw for Auckland and Sydney will be released early next year.

Click here for 2016 ANZ Championship Pre-Season event and ticketing information.