The Origin Energy Premier League competition has been abandoned for 2021 due to the ongoing health emergency in Greater Sydney as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition was due to conclude on Wednesday 25 August.

Even with the prospect of being able to extend the season for up to a month, the fact that players will have had a minimum of nine weeks with no ability to play or train makes a return to top level netball impossible.

“Having made such a brilliant start to the season with more live-stream access, feature stories and community initiatives such as Indigenous Round, it is exceptionally disappointing that we have been forced to make this decision as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Claire Dale, Competitions Manager at Netball NSW, said.

“Our franchises across both U23s and Opens have been amazing to work with at this time and the decision was made in full consultation with them.

“Most of all we feel for the players, coaches and officials who have highlighted the brilliant standard of the Origin Energy Premier League as one of the best high-performance competitions in the country.

“The good news is that we have already started to look towards 2022. As with the rest of the country we are hopeful the greater health outlook of the community will be in a much better position then.”