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Our live sport offering is back to full strength as Netball returns this weekend

By Rebecca Haagsma July 31, 2020

Suncorp Super Netball season is back for 2020

The final piece in the Australian winter sporting landscape returns tomorrow with the delayed commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season, and fans can catch all the action on their mobile and Telstra TV.

While the coronavirus ultimately disrupted the NRL, AFL, and A-League seasons in March, Netball – which was due to start in May – has been without any premiership action at all in 2020.

The first six rounds of the 2020 season have been confirmed, with all matches to be played across Nissan Arena, and USC Stadium in Queensland.

Thanks to swift planning and cooperation between Netball Australia, Telstra, Channel 9 and the Queensland government, all non-Queensland Suncorp Super Netball teams will relocate to Queensland for the first part of the season, which will still be made up of 14 rounds and a normal finals series.

Check out the full fixture list.

Fittingly, to open the season, it will be a Queensland derby between the Queensland Firebirds and Sunshine Coast Lightning at Nissan Arena in Brisbane Saturday 1 August at 1pm AEST.

Later that day at 3pm AEST, Adelaide Thunderbirds and the West Coast Fever will rekindle their rivalry at the same venue. The action continues on Sunday 2 August at 1pm AEST, with a NSW derby between Giants Netball and the NSW Swifts.

Then, to close out the first round on Sunday 2 August at 5:30pm AEST, the two Victorian teams, the Melbourne Vixens and Collingwood Magpies, will face off in a unique version of #thebattle during their final hours of quarantine at Nissan Arena in Brisbane and fans can watch exclusively on Telstra TV.

You can keep up with everything through the Netball Live Official App, where you can stream every Suncorp Super Netball match live, fast and data-free if you’re a Telstra mobile customer. You’ll also get live scores as well as player and team stats, full match replays and video highlights.

For anyone watching at home, we’ve got you covered too. Matches will be broadcast each round by either the Netball Live app on Telstra TV, or live free-to-air TV thanks to Channel Nine (which is also available through the in-built tuner on the Telstra TV).

The Netball Live App on Telstra TV includes the game-changing player profile feature, live interactive stats to follow the action, videos on your favourite stars, as well as match highlights if you want to keep tabs on your team’s top competitors.

We’re so happy to be a supporter of Netball and women’s sport in Australia and are so glad to see the teams back on court amidst such a challenging year.

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Sport for good as codes kick off bushfire relief rounds

By Genelle Sharples February 28, 2020

This fire season taught us that the spirit of community is stronger than ever in Australia. Nothing brings a community together like sport, which is why we’re buoyed by the upcoming rounds set to be played for bushfire charity relief in the NRL, AFL and Netball. Here’s how to get amongst the action and back local communities at the same time.


2019 NRL Round 20 - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers, Bankwest Stadium, 2019-08-03. Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos
Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos

Ahead of the official season kick-off in two weeks, the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers are set to clash in the name of bushfire relief.

It’s the EISS Super Sapphire Trial Tribute round, also known as the “Best of the West”, set to be played at the Bega Recreation Ground on February 29. The trial game was moved from Penrith to Bega to support the local community in the wake of the fires. The NRL is also providing free tickets to Sapphire Coast residents who have registered at a bushfire recovery centre since October.

Getting out to the ground throughout the weekend festivities is a treat for anyone who can, with a wide-ranging weekend of sport and entertainment. The three-day festival of footy will feature a number of games, as well as a free performance from Aussie ARIA winner, Amy Shark.

We’ve rolled out networking and broadcast gear for the game, so fans can have great connectivity on the day. Fans not able to get out to the game can watch the match through the NRL Live Pass, data-free for Telstra Mobile customers.


AFL 2019 Round 16 - Fremantle v West Coast
Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

Of course, if you prefer your footy to be AFL-flavoured, there’s a charity round for you also.

The AFL is set to host an unprecedented State of Origin round to raise funds for disaster relief, alongside a $2.5 million donation made by the league.

The match played between Victoria and the All Stars will take part in the charity State of Origin at Marvel Stadium on Friday February 28.

Tickets are currently on sale, and Telstra mobile customers can watch the match live, fast and data-free through the AFL Live Pass.


Netball fans can also get in on the action thanks to its own bushfire charity match. The match will showcase the best Aussie Netball has to offer on March 1 when the Australian team will take on the All-Stars.

Super Netball’s pre-season is also working hard to raise money for bushfire recovery also, with funds set to go to the Red Cross bushfire appeal and other recovery projects.

Netball fans can get all the action from Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena live and data-free to their mobile using our Netball Live Pass.

We continue to support the communities and first-responders who are affected by the unprecedented bushfire season.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the bushfires, assistance can be sought from our Bushfire Assistance hub.

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Netball is back, bigger and better than ever before in 2019

By Rebecca Haagsma April 26, 2019

The 2019 season of Suncorp Super Netball is back, and in its third year will take the action to more venues and regions than ever before. We’re excited to help bring the third year of Super Netball to more fans – and to hopefully break a couple of records along the way!

Up and running – and jumping and passing and blocking and shooting – for another year, the 2019 season will be played over 14 weeks beginning on 27th April, with all eight clubs playing each other once at home, and once away. A four-week hiatus will take place after Round 9 to allow for the 2019 Netball World Cup, before teams return to play out the final five rounds of the season. A three-week finals series will then follow, to be contested by the top four-ranked teams, with the Grand Final to be held on the 15th September.

Sound like a lot? You can keep up with everything through the Netball Live Official App, where you can stream every Suncorp Super Netball match, Australian based Diamond matches live, fast and data-free if you’re a Telstra mobile customer. You’ll also get live scores as well as player and team stats, full match replays and video highlights.

For anyone watching at home, we’ve got you covered too. There will be two matches each round live on Telstra TV through the Netball Live App, two more on Nine through live free-to-air TV on Telstra TV, and on-demand replays through both the Netball Live App and 9Now app – so even if you can’t cheer along live, you’ll be able to keep up with your favourite team.

TheNetballLive App on Telstra TVincludes the game-changing player profile feature, live stats to follow the action, videos on your favourite stars, as well as match highlights if you want to keep tabs on your team’s top competitors.

You’ll also be able to catch all the action of this year’s Netball World Cup on the 9Now app on Telstra TV when it airs from 12-21 July, with all Samsung Australian Diamonds matches broadcast live and every World Cup match accessible through 9Now.

The 2019 Suncorp Super Netball is also part of our upcoming super weekend of sports streaming – with the AFL, NRL, Hyundai A-League and Netball seasons overlapping for the first time since we added the A-League to our streaming offering last May.

Beginning with Wednesday’s match between Richmond and Melbourne in the AFL, and ending with the final match of the A-League home-and-away season between Perth and Wellington on Sunday the 28th, we will for the first time stream all four sports on one chock-a-block long weekend, and 26 matches with total plays across our four official apps expected to top 5 million.

In 2018, West Coast Fever took home the gong for the most streamed team on Telstra Live Pass, but even more impressive is the fact that each of the final six rounds before the finals series broke new audience records. Women’s sport is here to stay in Australia, and it’s only getting bigger and better.

We can’t wait for another blockbuster, record-breaking year for netball and women’s sport – bring it on!

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26 games, four sports, one massive week of streaming

By Campbell Simpson April 24, 2019

Our biggest ever year of sports streaming is off and running, and for the first time we have matches from the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League playing over one chock-a-block week of sporting goodness.

Until now, the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League seasons hadn’t overlapped, but with the commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season this week, we finally have all four up and running (and jumping and kicking and passing!) thanks to Telstra Live Pass.

Beginning with Wednesday’s match between Richmond and Melbourne in the AFL, and ending with the final match of the A-League home-and-away season between Perth and Wellington on Sunday the 28th, Telstra will for the first time stream all four sports via the Live Pass and official apps. That’s a total of 26 matches, with total plays across our four official apps expected to top 5 million views.

Telstra TV customers who download the official Netball Live app have even more reason to celebrate, with two live and exclusive matches streamed each week from the Suncorp Super Netball series.

We all lead busy lives, so sometimes getting out to a game or gaining control of the family TV remote control can be pretty difficult, that’s why we’re committed to bringing you the very best of Australian sport live, fast, and data-free wherever you may be.

A wide brown land deserves a wide choice in sports, so if Australia’s premier men’s and women’s domestic football and netball on your mobile isn’t enough, then Kayo has you covered. Just tell Kayo your favourite teams and you’ll get a never-ending stream of live and on-demand action on any device in your house, and of course on Telstra TV. There’s over 50 sports including AFL, NRL, Cricket, Football, Rugby Union, Motorsports, Basketball, Tennis and much more live or on-demand.

Exclusive to Telstra, you can even get up close and personal with your favourite sports with 2 months of Kayo Basic for just $5.* If you’re an existing Telstra customer, you can add it to your Telstra bill.

Throughout this year, every match of the AFL Premiership, Hyundai A-League, Suncorp Super Netball Series and NRL Telstra Premiership (excluding Grand Final) plus a number of other selected tournaments and matches will be streamed on the sporting apps over our network for those with a Live Pass subscription, giving you access to an unprecedented number of premier men’s and women’s international and domestic sport.

Last year, we streamed 670 matches to fans hungry to keep on top of the action; this year, we plan on bringing fans around 850 matches. You’re welcome – just don’t forget to charge your phone!

Since 2012, we’ve used world-class technology to go beyond just sponsorship, streaming our first ever match over Australia’s largest mobile network to become a genuine technology partner of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia, and Football Federation Australia – and we streamed over 700 million minutes of sport during the 2018 season.

Eligible Telstra customers can use the official mobile apps of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia and FFA to stream their favourite matches live, fast and data-free, unlocking $329 in value from their service. Non-Telstra customers can still get in on the action, with a number of subscriptions beginning at $2.99 a week, and other options available for monthly or annual passes.

We know that the thrill of cheering on from the stands can’t be replicated, too; that’s why with Telstra Thanks, we give customers access to discounted tickets to all these sports, from as little as $8 for juniors and $20 for adults, with other offers available from time to time like 2 for 1 tickets.

If you’re looking for something to do with friends or family this week, we have 26 reasons why you should choose to watch Australia’s best athletes, with thanks to Australia’s best network. If that doesn’t fill up time over the Easter break, then we don’t know what will.

* Monthly subscription, $25/mth after offer period.

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West Coast Fever the most streamed team on Telstra Live Pass

By Rebecca Haagsma August 17, 2018

The Suncorp Super Netball season has reached the business end of the season, and audiences watching via the Telstra Live Pass continue to grow as the action on court heats up.

If you suspected that enthusiasm for the series had reached fever pitch, then you’d be right in more ways than one – with the West Coast Fever claiming the honour of being the most streamed team of the year.

The Fever can add this distinction to the news that following their six-goal victory over the Giants they will host this season’s Grand Final – meeting either the Sunshine Coast Lightning, or the Giants once again.

In the final six rounds ahead of the commencement of the finals series, the Netball Live app experienced six consecutive new audience records, proving that women’s sport has the ability to draw audiences live, on mobile.

As well as being the most streamed team over the year, the Fever v Giants encounter in the final round of the regular season claimed the record as the most streamed match of Suncorp Super Netball, ever.

While the Giants triumphed there, it was the Fever who turned the tables on the Giants last weekend to earn direct qualification to the biggest game of the year.

With just two matches left to play in season 2018, fans won’t want to miss a minute of the action of the preliminary final between the Giants and Lightning this Saturday at 1.10pm, with the winner earning the right to take on the Fever for the biggest prize in Australian Netball.

Suncorp Super Netball ‘Most Streamed Team’ 

West Coast Fever – 3.9m total minutes viewed and 338k plays 

Telstra Live Pass ‘Most Streamed’ Match of the Year 

4 August 2018 – Round 14 – GIANTS vs West Coast Fever 

‘Most Streamed’ Matches’ by club 

  • West Coast Fever vs GIANTS – 4 August 2018 – Round 14 
  • GIANTS vs West Coast Fever – 4 August 2018 – Round 14 
  • Thunderbirds vs Swifts – 3 August 2018 – Round 14 
  • Swifts vs Firebirds – 29 April 2018 – Round 1 
  • Firebirds vs Fever – 21 July 2018 – Round 12 
  • Magpies vs GIANTS – 29 July – Round 13 
  • Vixens vs Fever – 28 July 2018 – Round 13 
  • Lightning vs Fever – 7 July – Round 10 

Catch every game live, only with Telstra

As the best netballers in the world converge on Australia from April to August, Telstra mobile customers can stream every game live, fast and data-free through the Netball Live Official App which is available in the Apple and Google Play Stores. 

Growing this elite sport in Australia

At Telstra, we’re proud of our association with Suncorp Super Netball and our ability to bring this exciting competition to fans. Netball is the most popular team sport for women and girls, Netball Australia reports. The most recent annual snapshot shows 563,000 women and 324,000 girls, not counting girls playing school netball, played netball in the course of the year. 

We are providing netball fans with more reasons to interact with their favourite sport as part of our commitment to creating new and better ways for fans to connect with netball. By broadcasting to an engaged audience of fans across Australia we are helping Suncorp Super Netball get the exposure it deserves attracting even more sponsorship and funding in order for the game and the athletes to thrive. 

Find out how you can catch every game of Suncorp Super Netball live.