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Thunderbirds and Lightning to reign at new netball stadium

The Territory’s first-ever premier league netball game will be played in Darwin tomorrow at the new state-of-the art Territory Stadium.

The Suncorp Super Netball match, between the Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Sunshine Coast Lightning, is hosted by the Territory Labor Government as part of its $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package.

Many of the teams’ followers have come to Darwin to be a part of the action and a further 1.2 million viewers are expected to watch the match on free-to-air Channel Nine.

The Territory Labor Government’s $11.8 million investment - matched in part by the Federal Government – in the fully equipped, high quality facility was designed to attract major netball events such as tomorrow’s game.

The game begins at 2:30pm tomorrow, Saturday 8 June. Tickets are available at


Quotes from Minister for Tourism, Sport and Culture, Lauren Moss:

“Our multi-million dollar investment in the new netball stadium has enabled us to host this national-grade sporting fixture and to showcase our vibrant city and unique lifestyle to a huge audience.

“It’s about promoting women’s sports, tourism, liveability; stimulating our economy and creating local jobs.

 “A number of team members from both the Thunderbirds and Lightning also play for the Australian Diamonds so spectators can expect thrilling action from world-class players. It will be an amazing spectacle and the best netball we have ever seen in Darwin.”


Quotes from Member for Sanderson, Kate Worden:

“Having the Suncorp Super Netball play in Darwin is a stamp of approval from Netball Australia for our new facilities at Marrara.

“The opportunity for local players to see top class players in action will bring new players to the sport so it is a win for women’s sport and a win for the Territory.”


Quotes from Adelaide Thunderbirds and Elite Pathways General Manager, Melody Cooper:

“The Adelaide Thunderbirds are extremely proud to be bringing Suncorp Super Netball to sports fans in the Northern Territory.

“We can’t wait to give Territorians the chance to experience the game live and see them cheering us on this Saturday.”


Media contact: Jasmin Afianos – 0419 361 127