Players keen for regular 14 game season: Bruce
West Coast Fever captain and Australian Diamonds player Courtney Bruce is hopeful of a regulation 14 game Suncorp Super Netball season in 2020.
The opening round of competition was scheduled to commence this Saturday, but the season has been postponed until at least June 30 due to the risks associated with COVID-19.
The 26-year-old was hopeful of having a regular length season whenever the clubs could underway.
“It all seems pretty positive at this stage, I know all players in the league are hoping for a 14 round season,” Bruce told Sports Drive on Thursday.
“I think that one benefit for us is normally our season is a lot shorter compared to other sports, so when we do get the green light I feel like we will be in a good position to get that full season out in whatever capacity that looks like at this point.”
Bruce is a member of the players association board, allowing her to have discussions with fellow players and Netball Australia about the makeup of the season.
“We just want to get the sport out there and continue to build the brand,” she said.
“If that looks a bit different, if that’s playing two rounds every weekend or whatever it may be, we just want to make sure netball keeps growing and is in the best position going forward in to next season too.”
With social distancing rules loosened by the state government this week, the Fever skipper anticipates a return to training in some capacity next week.
“Been able to run with some teammates and do some sprint sessions would be fun, it just makes it a bit more competitive and you get to push yourself a bit more,” Bruce said.
“It’s definitely something we will be looking in to.”
A decision on a start date for the season is expected in the coming weeks.
IMAGE: The Canberra Times.