In front of more than 9,000 fans, the Adelaide Thunderbirds defeated the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic 52 – 42 to take home the team’s first grand final win since the ANZ Championship was launched in 2008.
Lord Mayor Michael Harbison was travelling in Malaysia as part of the World Heritage celebrations for Adelaide’s Sister City George Town in Penang when he found out about the Thunderbirds’ win.
“I was pleased to hear about the Adelaide Thunderbirds’ fantastic victory on the weekend and am proud to host today’s event which celebrates their successful season.
“The players are great role models for all South Australian’s as they promote participation in community sport and recreation. Netball is one of the most popular sports in Australia and it is exciting to see the competition continue to grow each year,” said the Lord Mayor.
Premier Mike Rann, who was courtside for last Sunday’s historic victory, said team members were inspiring role models and outstanding ambassadors for their sport.
“They are a key reason why netball’s popularity continues to grow. The sport now has more than 80,000 participants in South Australia,” Mr Rann said. “This premiership win will only further enhance the game’s popularity and appeal.”