Time to stay alive in DOOLEYS Metro League

It’s almost Finals time and there’s a greater intensity on court as the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League rockets towards the business end of the season.

Divisions 3 & 4 hit the courts at the Genea Netball Centre last night, Monday 14 August, for Round 17 – the penultimate before the Finals Series – with the remaining Divisions’ teams looking to lock-in playoff spots and minor premierships.

Check out how your teams are faring in the overviews below. For full results and standings please check out our 2017 Metro League webpage.

DIVISION 1

Hunter United have sown up the Minor Premiership with 14 wins from 16 games but there is a real scramble for the rest of the playoff spots.

With two rounds to play only five points separate second to seventh, meaning six teams are fighting it out for three spots. Illawarra District (2nd) should be good for Finals, however, they will need to win their remaining games to stay head of Baulkham Hills Shire in third and Northern Suburbs in fourth.

Just outside the top four Eastwood Ryde, St George District and Bankstown City know they are all in striking distance of Finals and will be out to do everything in their power to get there.

DIVISION 2

Hills District are in the driving seat to take out the Minor Premiership with two rounds left but they lead Blue Mountains (2nd) by only a single point and Randwick (3rd) by four, meaning a poor finish to the regular season could see them slip out of the top two.

All three sides are guaranteed playoff netball in 2017 but there is a real scrap going on for the last top-four spot with three teams tied on 16 points and separated only by goal difference.

Campbelltown District, Baulkham Hills Shire and Northern Suburbs are in the three-way fight with Sutherland Shire needing to win their final two games, and have other results go their way, if they are to crash the party late in the game.

DIVISION 3

Inner Western Suburbs are Minor Premiers for 2017 with a four-point lead over second-placed Central Coast and only one round of regular season action to play.

Parramatta Auburn will have their eyes on a top two finish, lying just one point behind Central Coast on the table, with both sides set to join Inner West in the Finals Series.

Two teams are left in the hunt for the final playoff spot with Randwick, currently fourth on 17 points, only one point head of Eastwood Ryde on 16. A win for the Eastern Suburbs side next week would see them through to Finals netty.

DIVISION 4

It’s another 2017 Minor Premiership for Inner Western Suburbs here with four points separating them from second-placed Hunter United and only one round to go.

The top four has already been decided with United sitting comfortable on 28 points ahead of Liverpool City (3rd) on 23 points and St George District (4th) on 18 points.

The nearest challengers to the top four are Eastwood Ryde but they sit three points outside of it with one round to play, thus out of contention for the playoffs.

DIVISION 5

Inner Western Suburbs are looking for a trio of Minor Premierships in 2017 and they lead Division 5 by two points with two rounds to go.

Anyone currently in the top four can still become Minor Premiers, but some would need results to go their way. Only four points separates the top four with Penrith District (2nd) Inner West’s nearest rivals for top spot ahead of Illawarra District (3rd) and Hawkesbury City (4th).

Bankstown City, in fifth, will need to win their final two games, and see sides above them lose, if they are to join in the Finals party.

DIVISION 6

It’s a three-way contest for the Minor Premiers title as the Finals loom large and it’s currently Camden & District who lead the way, but only on goal difference from Liverpool City.

Both first and second sit on 26 points, however, Hills District (3rd) are only a point behind on 26 and will fancy their chances of topping the table themselves.

Campbelltown are in fourth spot, well back on 19 points, but will need to be vigilant with Parramatta Auburn and Northern Suburbs well in striking range for a late Finals push.