Newcastle Netball’s new-look Greater Bank Championship is set to begin this weekend, more than three months after the top-level league was originally slated to begin its 2020 season.

The Newcastle Netball season was delayed a week due to a Covid-19 scare in the Greater Hunter last weekend. The opening round on July 25 was chalked, and August 1 has been set as the competition’s new return round.

Ahead of this year’s campaign, the Women’s Chronicle sat down with a team representative from each club in the top grade. Here’s everything you need to know about NNA’s 2020 restart, which begins on Saturday, August 1.

Kotara South (prev. Maryville)

Kotara South star Annie Neenan says she’s “just excited to play” after a huge offseason.

Annie Neenan admits she’s “super excited”  to run out in Kotara Souths colours when Newcastle Netball finally returns to play this weekend, though the young star also added she might be “a little less fit” than usual.

Inner Glow

Kylie Mulville is one of the leading ladies at Inner Glow after making the switch from Wests in the offseason.

The circumstances for Newcastle Netball bringing in a Greater Open club championship may not necessarily be ideal, but it’s a format Inner Glow’s Kylie Mulville wants to see stick around long-term, she revealed ahead of the competition’s opening round.

Junction Stella

Emily Taylor told the Chronicle that Junction are happy to “look to the future” with their latest batch of star youngsters.

Junction Stella will have one eye on the future as they begin their new Greater Bank Series campaign this week, club recruit Emily Taylor told the Women’s Chronicle ahead of Newcastle Netball’s long-awaited return to play.

BNC Whanau

BNC are welcoming the new three-tier Greater Open league with open arms.

Whanau has always prided themselves on their “strong, hard” game, returning star Kahlia Rocco says, but more than that, BNC will always follow its “family first” ethos that lies at the core of every single one of their teams.

Nova Thunder

Caitlin Lobston made the switch from dark green to light ahead of the shortened 2020 netball season.

Caitlin Lobston is well used to pulling on a green dress ahead of any given Newcastle Netball round, but for the first time in years the tinge is just a little lighter — the former BNC star has linked up with finals bolters Nova Thunder heading into 2020.

University of Newcastle (prev. Forsythes)

University of Newcastle have their eyes on the prize after their Forsythes switch, Karlie Robards says.

University of Newcastle has joined forces with perennial Greater Championship heavyweights Forsythes heading into the 2020 season, in an effort to “create a clear pathway all the way to the top” for students and netball rising stars.

Souths Lions

Narelle Eather is all smiles ahead of the top-grade Newcastle Netball restart this Saturday afternoon.

After so many years playing, you’d think Souths veteran Narelle Eather wouldn’t be too worried about a break. Anyone thinking that doesn’t know the 44-year-old netballer well though; all she wants is to get back out on court this Saturday.

West Leagues Balance 1

West Leagues are aiming to clinch their fourth title in as many years.

Newcastle Netball may be playing out a different format for the nine-week season — a first-to-the-finish club championship — but three-peat champs West Leagues are still treating it just like they’re defending their back-to-back-to-back titles.