ROUND eight of Netball Queensland’s impressive Sapphire Series competition will mark the return of First Nations round, run in conjunction with Suncorp Super Netball.
The 2022 First Nations round focuses on raising awareness, celebrating and understanding the contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to netball and the nation.
Swept up in the hype of our Queensland Firebirds’ must-win game against Giants Netball at Nissan Arena on Saturday, is the Sapphire Series curtain-raiser between Carina Leagues Club Tigers and QUT Netball starting at 2pm and broadcast on Kayo.
All remaining Sapphire Series round eight games are scheduled to take place on Sunday from 2pm, also at Nissan Arena.
Expect to see community and pathways First Nations artwork created by contemporary artist and designer Rachael Sarra, from Goreng Goreng country, as well as a selection of First Nations dresses, bibs and shoes, and an Elder leading a Welcome to Country.
Netball Queensland CEO Kate Davies acknowledged the impactful nature of the First Nations Round, and its critical place throughout all netball competitions.
“Netball Queensland is focused on inclusion and supporting diversity in our commitment to improving pathways for First Nations people in our game across all levels,” Ms Davies said.
“Our dedication to improving cultural knowledge and awareness on the road to reconciliation is ongoing, and so we celebrate the First Nations round and all it represents.”