The Canberra Darters today launched their 2014 Australian Netball League (ANL) season at the National Arboretum in Canberra.
The Darters will kick start their ANL season with four tough away games against the Tasmania Spirit (July 5) and the Queensland Fusion (July 6) in Launceston.
They then head on the road again in round two where they meet the NSW Waratahs (July 12) and NSW Blues (July 13) in Sydney.
Canberra fans will get their chance to see the Darters in action at the AIS Arena on Friday, August 1 when they meet the Victoria Flames, twenty four later against the Territory Storm (Saturday, August 2) and then on Sunday, August 3 where they will take on defending champions the Victoria Fury).
The weekend will feature seven ANL games along with the annual Minister’s Invitational team versus Media clash, which will be played on Saturday, August 2.
The Darters 2014 squad features a host of young local players all eager to test themselves against the best young talent in Australia.
Darters Coach Melinda Clarke said the ANL was an important domestic competition for ACT netballers.
“To have the opportunity to play against high quality players in a leading domestic competition is a great foundation for our young players to build their senior netball careers on,” Clarke said.
“Every year is challenging given the quality of opposition we face but that’s what drives us to test ourselves against the best.”
“We have a tough start to the season with four games on the road before returning home where we hope our home fans will again turn out in large numbers and support the girls.”
“We can assure our supporters that every time we take the court we will be giving it everything we’ve got.”
Netball ACT General Manager, Adam Horner, said the Darters really appreciated the support they receive from the Canberra community.
“The Canberra support of the Darters is the best of any team in the Australian Netball League with our attendances the highest of any team in the league,” Horner said.
“The fans get into the spirit wearing pink and even opposition players say how they love playing in Canberra given the support of netball in the Nation’s Capital.”
“I urge fans to get their tickets early through Ticketek and get behind the Canberra Darters in 2014.”
2014 CANBERRA DARTERS TEAM
Mardi Aplin – Vice Captain (Joint)
Rebecca Collis – Vice Captain (Joint)
Michelle Massarany (import)
Alix McDermott (import)
Keely Rodrigo – Captain
Head Coach: Melinda Clarke
Assistant Coach: Kim Symons
2014 CANBERRA DARTERS HOME FIXTURE LIST
SAT 5 JULY (SILVERDOME, LAUNCESTON)
Tasmania Spirit v Canberra Darters (8.30PM)
SUN 6 JULY (SILVERDOME, LAUNCESTON)
Queensland Fusion v Canberra Darters (10.00AM)
SAT 12 JULY (ANNE CLARKE STADIUM, LIDCOMBE NSW)
NSW Waratahs v Canberra Darters (6.45PM)
SUN 13 JULY (ANNE CLARKE STADIUM, LIDCOMBE NSW)
NSW Blues v Canberra Darters (2.00PM)
FRI 1 AUGUST (AIS ARENA, CANBERRA)
Canberra Darters v Victoria Flames (6.30PM)
SAT 2 AUGUST (AIS ARENA, CANBERRA)
Victoria Fury v Tasmania Spirit (3.00PM)
QLD Fusion v NSW Blues (5.00PM)
*MINISTER’S SEVEN v ACT MEDIA CELEBRITY (6.30PM)
Canberra Darters v Territory Storm (7.30PM)
SUN 3 AUGUST (AIS ARENA, CANBERRA)
Tasmania Spirit v Queensland Fusion (10.00AM)
Territory Storm v NSW Blues (12.00PM)
Canberra Darters v Victoria Fury (4.00PM)
SAT 9 AUGUST (NETBALL SA STADIUM, SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
Southern Force v Canberra Darters (4.00PM)
SUN 10 AUGUST (NETBALL SA STADIUM, SOUTH AUSTRALIA)
Western Sting v Canberra Darters (11.30AM)