Super Netball’s newest team owned by Craig Hutchison’s Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) has revealed they will be named the Melbourne Mavericks and unveiled a striking logo.
The side comes in as a replacement for the Collingwood Magpies, who withdrew from the competition after seven years, with limited on-court success.
In addition to unveiling the Mavericks name and logo, the team’s colours have also been confirmed, with primary colours as sky blue, pacific cyan and sapphire.
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Appointed head coach for the Mavericks, Tracey Neville was unable to attend the announcement, following visa issues seeing her stuck in the UK, but said she anticipates they will be able to get the whole team together by late October.
No players have been officially signed to the Mavericks due to the lack of a current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) seeing every single player across every team out of contract.
“We couldn’t be more excited to launch our brand and strongly believe the Mavericks name reflects who we are as a team on the court, but also overall as a club,” Shae Bolton-Brown, the Mavericks general manager, said.
“We want to be bold and take the game in an exciting direction that appeals to existing and new netball fans. We are respectful but ambitious to do things our own way, united by admiration of our athletes’ skill and strength.”
“We are incredibly excited to welcome the Melbourne Mavericks to the Suncorp Super Netball League,” Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan said.
“The Mavericks will write a new chapter in the story of Suncorp Super Netball as it continues to go from strength to strength as the world’s best netball competition.
“Today’s announcement gives fans a name to get behind and is the next step forward in getting the team ready for next season.”
Hutchison, who also owns four basketball teams including the Perth Wildcats NBL side, has secured exclusive radio rights for Super Netball and Australian Diamonds matches, as part of a three-year agreement with Netball Australia.
In granting the licence, the governing body will operate the team throughout 2023 before fully transitioning to SEN in 2024.
“We see netball as an outstanding entertainment product,” Hutchison said at the time of the initial announcement.
“We see an opportunity here to step up and ensure the Victorian netball community gets the second team it deserves.”
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