In an exciting development for sport in the region of Ipswich, the Ipswich Basketball Association and University of Southern Queensland Ipswich Jets Netball Club have come together for the very first time, to allow the netballers onto the Basketball court at JBS Arena. This means that in 2022, three home games of the USQ Ipswich Jets Netball calendar, will be played in Ipswich, as opposed to Nissan Arena, where all home games have been played to this point. This is the start of what both parties hope to be a long-standing relationship beyond just 2022.
Ipswich Jets CEO Richard Hughes stated “On behalf of everyone associated with our netball program, I would like to thank Brady and the Ipswich Basketball Association for agreeing to accommodate us in 2022. It is a wonderful example of two competing sporting codes, coming together, for the sake of the young people who play sport in the region. It also ensures that the infrastructure put in place, can be used to its maximum potential, rather than be unused on some days, nights, and times of the year”.
Brady Walmsley, General Manager of the Ipswich Basketball Association echoed those comments “When Richard first reached out to start discussions on this, it made complete sense to work together to bring Jets Netball home games to Ipswich. JBS Arena is the primary indoor sports venue in the region, and we are excited to be able to showcase elite Basketball and Netball at our facility. We look forward to working with the Ipswich Jets and Netball Queensland to deliver an exceptional match day experience for players, staff, spectators, and officials”.
The three confirmed fixtures in 2022 will be 7 May and 22 May and a very special Super Round on 19 June, where every team in the state in the Sapphire and Ruby series, will come together for a “Magic Round”, with all games to be played on one day. This is the first time this type of event has been taken on the road, and the fact it can be done as part of this new arrangement, is very exciting.
We would like to acknowledge Netball Queensland for getting behind this initiative and allowing this partnership to commence, for the betterment of all concerned.