Sovereigns handed just one game in Ballarat for 2018 VNL season

Netball Victoria has released its Victorian Netball League fixture, revealing just one home game for the ACU Ballarat Sovereigns.

The disappointing news is a blow to the club who were trying to increase its presence in Ballarat, forecasting its intention to build on last year’s two home games – but clearly the 2018 fixture is a step backwards.

Sovereigns will open its account on April 29 against Ariels at the State Netball and Hockey Centre while Ballarat fans will have to wait until July 6 for its one and only taste of VNL action when the Sovereigns host Geelong Cougars at Wendouree Sports and Events Centre on the Friday night.

Sovereigns is nearing a decision on its final squad for the Championship division as it looks to improve on its three-win 2017 season. Last season saw the division one side deliver the best performance of the three grades, finishing fourth, bowing out in the semi-final.

It will be hoping some of those players can advance to championship level. 

Sovereigns have lost a number of key players from its top side with Casey Adamson and Sacha McDonald being the main two departures.

Cayley Armstrong

Cayley Armstrong

SOVEREIGNS' FIXTURE

ROUND 1 vs Ariels

ROUND 2 vs Peninsula Waves

ROUND 3 vs Geelong Cougars

ROUND 4 vs Boroondara Express

ROUND 5 vs Monash University Storm

ROUND 6 vs City West Falcons

ROUND 7 vs DC North East Blaze (Sunday)

ROUND 8 vs Melbourne University Lightning

ROUND 9 vs Wilson Storage Southern Saints

ROUND 10 vs Peninsula Waves

ROUND 11 vs Ariels

ROUND 12 vs Geelong Cougars (at Wendouree on Friday night)

ROUND 13 vs Monash University Storm

ROUND 14 vs Boroondara Express

ROUND 15 vs City West Falcons (Sunday)

ROUND 16 vs Melbourne University Lightning

ROUND 17 vs DC North East Blaze 

ROUND 18 vs Wilson Storage Southern Saints