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Netball - 11. December 2007.

ANZ Championship Draw unveiled: 69 matches - 17 weeks - 1 title

Melbourne Vixens head across the Tasman to launch their 2008 campaign at the TSB Bank Arena in Wellington, from 2.30pm NZ local time.

Queensland Firebirds, coached by Vicki Wilson, is the first of the Australian-based teams to play at home, clashing with West Coast Fever in an all-Aussie duel on Sunday, April 6 from 1.00pm.

The NSW Swifts, led by Catherine Cox, play host to New Zealand’s Southern Steel at ACER Arena the following night from 7.00pm on Monday, April 7.

Adelaide Thunderbirds, under new coach, Jane Woodlands hit the road first round, heading to Rotorua in New Zealand to take on Magic on Monday, April 7 from 7.00pm NZ local time.

Monday night fixtures, aired by broadcast partners FOX Sports in Australia and Sky TV in New Zealand are just one of the innovations of the dynamic, semi-professional competition.

ANZ Championship General Manager, Tony Holding says fans will have a great opportunity to see some exciting match-ups from the opening rounds of the competition.

“We’ve taken into account everything from venue availability to scheduling times, and we believe that we’ve got a balanced draw that will enable fans to follow their teams closely,” he said.

All teams have a minimum of six home games and a bye round throughout the 17 week competition.

The top four teams after the home-and-away season will contest the ANZ Championship Finals Series with the showcase grand final scheduled for Monday night, July 28.


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