Welcome to the big Sydney derby of the Suncorp Super Netball! It’s the first time a Sydney derby has been played in Queensland, but this is going to be a whole season of firsts, so I guess we’re all strapping in and enjoying wherever this weird ride takes us.
The big news for this game is that Swifts’ defender Maddy Turner is out for at least four games with an ankle injury. Turner and her defensive partner Sarah Klau have formed a formidable unit and it will be interesting to see how the Swifts cope without her on court. Of course this team proved endlessly adaptable in 2019 when they took out the premiership, so anything is possible!
The Giants’ big news is the addition of former Collingwood Magpies defender April Brandley to their squad. Brandley was off-contract with the Magpies at the end of 2019 and was sitting the 2020 season out due to the birth of her first child. But the delayed start to the season has given her time to get back to match fitness and the Giants have snapped her up. We’ll see what kind of role she plays in the game today.