It’s hard to believe but we are already almost at the halfway stage of the 2018 DOOLEYS Metro League regular season.
Eight of 18 regular rounds have been played with Associations having this week off after the 2018 State Championships in Gosford, which finished on Monday.
Teams have been hitting the courts at the Genea Netball Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for one of the most important annual competitions on the Netball NSW ladder.
With that mind, now is a good time to check in and see how things are shaping up across the six divisions.
Netball NSW would also like to take this opportunity to thank DOOLEYS for their continued support of the Metro League in 2018.
St George District have been the standout side so far this year with six wins and two losses from their eight games.
Illawarra District follow closely behind with one less win to their name, however, it is a log-jam of teams tied on eight points from third place on the ladder to sixth. Ku-ring-gai (3rd) and Northern Suburbs round out the top four, but only on goal percentage ahead of Randwick and Eastwood Ryde in fifth and sixth respectively.
Manly Warringah have a 100 per cent record after nine games, scoring an impressive 553 goals and only conceding 322.
In second place, Inner Western Suburbs have only dropped one game, well on the heels of their northern rivals, and four points clear of Campbelltown District in third with Central Coast rounding out the top four on goal percentage from Blacktown City.
Of the chasing pack, Penrith District and Northern Suburbs are best placed with four wins and five losses apiece so far.
Inner Western Suburbs have won nine from nine to sit pretty on top of Division 3 but Randwick, who have only lost one game, are in very close pursuit in second.
Both sides have been the standout performers so far this year with Liverpool City (3rd) and Manly Warringah (4th) rounding out the top four, six points adrift of the Eastern Suburbs outfit.
A strong chasing pack of Parramatta Auburn, Camden & District, Eastwood Ryde and St George (separated by goal percentage in that order) are only a win away from a top-four spot, all tied on eight points with four wins and five losses each to their names.
Only goal percentage separates Hawkesbury City and Hills District who have both registered eights wins from their opening nine games.
Blacktown District, with six wins, two losses and a draw so far in 2018, are in third, just a point ahead of Illawarra District in what is one of the most hotly contested Divisions.
A Ku-ring-gai win and an Illawarra loss in Round 9 would put the former in a playoff position with Northern Suburbs the next best-place to strike in sixth.
Liverpool City have a perfect nine from nine and sit on top of the ladder, just one win (two points) ahead of Hills District, who have eight wins.
Ku-ring-gai, with seven wins from nine games, are also well-placed for a finals spot with Parramatta Auburn (4th) quite a way back with four wins and four losses.
The latter will be battling hard to keep their top-four spot, however, with with Campbelltown District (5th) and Bankstown City (6th) also holding the same win-loss ratio.
Illawarra District are yet to drop a game and are two wins clear on top of the table, ahead of Inner Western Suburbs (2nd) and Baulkham Hills Shire (3rd) who both have seven wins.
Hills District round out the top four a further two points behind, just head of Blue Mountains on goal percentage, and Northern Suburbs who are a point behind again.
For full results and standings please CLICK HERE.