- Friday 10 February 2017
One is the captain of his national team and the other is the star shooter in her national squad.
Melbourne Storm's Cameron Smith and Sunshine Coast Lightning's Caitlin Bassett came together today at Sunshine Coast Stadium as a super weekend of sport kicks off on the Coast.
Smith said the Lightning was a great addition to the Melbourne Storm organisation, which is one of the partners in the netball team alongside USC and Sunshine Coast Council.
"When we found out last year that we were going to have a netball team on the Sunshine Coast everyone around the club was excited,” he said.
"It's nice to finally meet the girls ... hopefully both teams can do a good job for the club this year.”
Bassett will hit the court in two pre-season matches against the Southern Steel from New Zealand - the first games to be held at the redeveloped USC Sports Stadium.
The first is tonight at 7.45pm with the second leg of the double-header on Sunday at noon. Tickets will be available at the door for both matches.
Smith's Storm team will feature tomorrow (5pm) against the NZ Warriors in an NRL pre-season trial that could attract a record crowd to the new-look Sunshine Coast Stadium.
Almost 7000 tickets have already been sold, bringing the ground record of just over 8000, which was set a decade ago, in reach.
Spectators will have great views from the new stadium hills while the new LED scoreboard, erected earlier this week, will be in use for the first time.
Tickets for the NRL game start at $20 for adults, $10 for children (under-18) and $55 for a family of four and are available at www.sunshinecoast.stadium.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/events.
A limited number will be on sale at the gate.
It will be only the second time the NZ Warriors have visited the Sunshine Coast, while the Storm will be playing here for the second consecutive year.
New captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Ryan Hoffman, Shaun Johnson and Solomone Kata headline the Warriors' 23-man squad.
Melbourne's 26-man team includes five players who were a part of last season’s frand final team, including 2016 competition-leading try scorer Suliasi Vunivalu.
The Southern Steel, based in Invercargill, finished the 2016 Trans-Tasman netball league regular season undefeated and will provide a litmus test for Lightning in its final fixtures before the start of the national competition on Saturday, February 18.
Lightning Platinum and Gold members will be treated to a wonderful weekend of netball free of charge (Category 1 and Category 2 seats) while Supporter members receive a 25% discount on ticket prices