And just like that, we’re halfway through the 2019 DOOLEYS Metro League regular season – and hasn’t it been thrilling!
After a bye last week, the teams played Round 9 this week, with another nine rounds to go.
Each Association has been hitting the courts at Netball Central, 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 2019.
Manly-Warringah are stronger than ever, undefeated after nine games. Northern Suburbs are behind by two points after one loss, and there’s a four-point difference between them and third- and fourth-placed Eastwood/Ryde and Hills District.
Ku-ring-gai, who are coming first in the division, suffered their first defeat this week, losing by one point against fifth-placed Central Coast. Blacktown City are close in second place, with Campbelltown District and Randwick following in third and fourth.
Sutherland Shire are sitting on top of the ladder after just one loss from nine. Hills District are tied on 14 points with Hawkesbury City (both in second and third place respectively) and St George District in fourth place and 12 points.
Ladder leaders Inner Western Suburbs had their undefeated record broken this week by second-placed St George District, with both teams now on 16 points. Ku-ring-gai follows in third on 14 points, and Baulkham Hills rounds out the fourth spot, however the Northern Suburbs are hot on their tale in fifth place with the same number of points.
It’s a real battle between the top three teams in this division, with all of them on 14 points after two losses each. Campbelltown District, however, stands above them all for now, with Bankstown City and Hills District in second and third, and Camden & District a further two points behind in fourth.
Penrith District are showing their dominance, having won the eight games they’ve played. They’ve created a nice six-point buffer between themselves and second-placed Central Coast, who are on 10 points. Northern Suburbs (third) and Hills District (fourth) are also on 10 points, so it will be a real fight to get to the top.
For the full ladder and fixtures, head to MyNetball.