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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Premier backs Firebirds to extend “purple reign”

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Saturday, July 30, 2016

    Premier backs Firebirds to extend “purple reign”

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has joined Queenslanders in wishing the Queensland Firebirds every success in attempting to become the only team in the history of the ANZ Netball Championships to win consecutive titles.

    The Firebirds play the New South Wales Swifts in the Trans-Tasman netball decider at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tomorrow.

    It will be the Firebirds fourth grand final appearance in a row and fifth in six years and victory would make them the most successful team ever with three titles.

    “Last year’s epic where the Firebirds trailed until the final 14 seconds gave new meaning to the phrase ‘You can never write off a Queenslander.’ It will go down as one of the greatest victories of all time by a Queensland sports team,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “All Queenslanders will be hoping the Firebirds can create a ‘purple reign’ and be the first team to win two titles in a row in what will be the last ANZ Championship Grand Final.

    “We have been blessed in Queensland with our major sporting teams having a real knack for winning back-to-back titles.”

    The Brisbane Broncos (1992 & 1993 and 1997 & 1998), the Brisbane Lions (2001, 2002, 2003), the Queensland Bulls (1999-2000, 2000-2001, 2001-2002), Brisbane Roar (2011 & 2012) and Townsville Fire in the Women's National Basketball League (2014-15 & 2015-16) have all won consecutive titles in national competitions.

    “The inspiring Firebirds along with hardworking coaches and helpers sees record numbers of girls playing netball,”

    Ms Palaszczuk said. Since January 2015, the Queensland Government has invested $3 million in supporting netball across the state through the Get in the Game initiative. Ms Palaszczuk said the new Queensland State Netball Centre to be built at the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre would provide a further boost to the sport.

    “My Government has committed $30 million for the centre that will include eight indoor hard courts, player change room facilities, administration offices for Netball Queensland,” she said.

    The Federal Government has also committed $10 million.

    Expressions of interest to construct the centre closed yesterday (Friday 29th July) with early works expected to commence in February 2017 for a completion date of June 2018.

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