Adelaide to host 2016 International Netball Series game

19 April 2016

Leon Bignell MP
Minister for Tourism

Adelaide has added another major sporting event to its calendar with the 2016 International Netball Series test match starting here in August.

The Australian Diamonds will take on England as part of a four nation netball series between Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa.

The series will give netball fans around the world a chance to see their favourite players at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on August 31, 2016.

The new International Netball Series will be contested annually.

Background
Australia is currently the Number one netball nation in the world with New Zealand Number two followed by England.

The organising committee is called SANZEA and it was formed in December 2015.

South Australia was recently named the Best Events State in the nation.

Quotes attributable to Tourism, Recreation and Sport Minister Leon Bignell
The last time Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa played a tournament outside of the Netball World Cup and Commonwealth Games was in 2012, so today’s announcement is excellent news for netball fans.

Since 2002, the State Government has invested more than $11.25 million in the sport. More than 110,000 people play the game in South Australia and we know it has massive appeal.

The State Government also invested $35 million in this year’s State Budget over two years to market South Australia nationally and internationally and continue to attract major events and conferences. The Adelaide Entertainment Centre holds 10,000 people and is the perfect venue to host this game.

South Australia has also recently held the ICC Cricket World Cup, Liverpool Football Club, Caltex Socceroos, the Australian Women’s Golf Open and, most recently, the Australian Swimming Championships.

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