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Super Netball shoots for new commission

Australia's fledgling Super Netball competition will be managed by an independent commission as the sport's national body seeks to fast track growth.

Super Netball shoots for new commission

Australia's fledgling Super Netball competition will be managed by an independent commission as the sport's national body seeks to fast track growth.

Netball Australia CEO MARNE FECHNER speaks during the Suncorp Super Netball season launch in Sydney, Australia.
Netball Australia CEO MARNE FECHNER speaks during the Suncorp Super Netball season launch in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Matt King/Getty Images

Netball Australia (NA) will follow the lead of the nation's two most-popular competitions, handing day-to-day control of the fledgling Super Netball league to a new independent commission.

Entering the third season of the domestic competition, the sport's national body will set up the commission to govern and administrate the league in a model similar to the AFL and NRL.


NA CEO Marne Fechner will sit on the commission along with six independent members, with relevant skill sets, to be appointed by the board.

With the rise of the Matildas, WBBL, AFLW and women's rugby league, Fechner said the move would allow them to forge ahead with plans to make Super Netball a global benchmark for women's sport.

"To achieve that, we need to put the necessary structures and resources in place," she said.

"(We) believe the commission will provide a more focused and streamlined operating model that will fast track growth in all key measures of the league."

Commercial growth will be a priority for the self-governed commission to ensure the competition's long-term sustainability.

Super Netball replaced the former trans-Tasman Championship in 2017 as NA signed a five-year revenue-sharing agreement with the Nine Network.

Minimum player wages are set to spike this season to $30,000, with all eight clubs agreeing to a cap increase of $15,000 to take the total salary pool to $5.32 million each year.

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