Gold Coast 2018 will be the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games which is held every four years, with the first taking place in Hamilton, Canada in 1930 (then known as the British Empire Games).
This will be the fifth time Australia will host the Commonwealth Games which is more than any other nation. Previous Games to have taken place in Australia have been Sydney 1938, Perth 1962, Brisbane 1982 and most recently Melbourne 2006.
The Gold Coast will welcome over 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 different nations and territories for eleven days of high quality competition over eighteen different sports and seven different para-sports.
For the first time ever, these Games will have an equal number of medal events for both men and women.
Seventeen different venues will feature at the Gold Coast 2018, with the netball action taking place at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre and the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre. The medal matches will take place in the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.
Netball at the Commonwealth Games
Netball first debuted at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. It has since been considered as a ‘core’ sport at the Games. This year will mark the sixth staging of netball at the Commonwealth Games.
Only Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa and Barbados have been present at all the netball events at the Commonwealth Games.
For the Gold Coast 2018, qualification was determined on July 1 2017. The top 12 teams in the INF world Rankings at that time were as follows:
Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, South Africa, Malawi, Fiji, Wales, Uganda, Northern Ireland, Barbados and Scotland.
The draw took place on the 16th August, 2017: