Newcastle 21s are in a good position to defend their 2014 title after finishing Day 1 of the 2015 Hunter Regional State League undefeated last Sunday 8 March.
Newcastle 21s finished with three wins over Lakeside 17s, Wyong District 21s and their younger counterparts, Newcastle 17s, to sit atop the Division 1 ladder and be the only team to remain undefeated thus far.
They’ll open their Day 2 campaign against neighbouring rivals, Maitland Opens, at 2:30pm this Sunday 15 March; however the match to watch will be when second-placed Charlestown meet the defending Champions at 3:40pm.
Not much separates second through to fourth after the opening day’s play, with goal percentage making the difference between Charlestown, Wyong District 21s (third) and Scone Opens (fourth).
Day 2 will be contested this weekend at Maitland Netball Association; see how the other Divisions are faring below…
Westlakes leads the way with four wins and one loss, just ahead of Wyong in second and Woy Woy in third; however both teams have the same win/loss ratio and have a game in hand having already taken their Bye.
Nelson Bay also remains in touch with the same win/loss ratio and will have a Bye when Day 2 gets underway at 3:05pm.
Just one point separates the top four teams in Division 3, painting a picture of just how tight the contest is in 2015. Westlakes’ younger counterparts, the 17s, sit atop the ladder, holding out Charlestown by goal percentage.
It was Charlestown who delivered Westlakes their only loss of the tournament so far, while third-placed Newcastle 15s defeated Charlestown by nine goals in Round 4.
Hastings Valley 15s have four wins from as many appearances to lead the Division 4 ladder, with Charlestown in second, while Lakeside hold onto third place by goal percentage over Nelson Bay.
It sets up an exciting Round 7 contest between first and second place at 4:50pm this weekend, showcasing the young Hunter talent on offer.
Lakeside remains the only team yet to drop a game, followed closely by Westlakes and Muswellbrook who are separated by goal percentage in second and third place.
That sets up a tantalising opening round contest on Day 2 with Westlakes and Muswellbrook set to go head-to-head in Round 5 at 2:30pm.
Charlestown have a healthy lead on the rest of the competition, with five wins from as many appearances to sit atop the ladder. They’re followed by Scone and Westlakes – who are separated by goal percentage – with Muswellbrook sitting in fourth.
Day 1 – Sunday 8th March Newcastle Netball Association
Day 2 – Sunday 15th March Maitland Netball Association
Day 3 – Sunday 22nd March Wyong Netball Association
Finals – Sunday 29th March Woy Woy Netball Association
For additional information please contact Monique Smith, Regional Coordinator – Hunter and Northern Inland on (02) 4921 6084 or [email protected]