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New Australian league dubbed Super Netball

AAP logoAAP 6/11/2016 Warren Barnsley

Australia's new domestic netball league will be known as Super Netball.

The eight-team competition replaces the axed trans-Tasman ANZ Championship, with Australia and New Zealand starting stand-alone domestic leagues for 2017.

Three new teams will make their Australian netball debuts when round one kicks off on February 18 with three derbies.

Giants Netball face NSW Swifts in Sydney, Magpies Netball Club meet Melbourne Vixens and Sunshine Coast Lightning play reigning premiers Queensland Firebirds in Brisbane.

Adelaide Thunderbirds and West Coast Fever face off the following day to complete round one of the fixtures.

The 17-week, 60-match season culminates in a June 17 grand final.

Netball Australia's decision to lift import restrictions for the competition has allowed 16 international players from seven countries to find spots in squads.

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