Race for Finals in Metro League enters last stages

Teams taking part in the 2018 DOOLEYS Metro League may have some time off this week, but it’s the calm before the storm with only three rounds of action left before Finals.

Fifteen of 18 rounds of regular season action have been played, and with no play on the courts this week there’s no better time to see how things are shaping up across the six divisions of the competition (see overview below).

Netball NSW would like to thank DOOLEYS for their continued support of the Metro League competition.

For full 2018 Metro League results and table standings, please CLICK HERE.

DIVISION 1

It’s a very tight competition in Division 1 with just three rounds left to go before Finals. As it stands, Illawarra District are topping the standings, just a single point ahead of Hills District (2nd) and Randwick (3rd) who are separated by goal percentage. Northern Suburbs are a further two points behind, rounding out the current top four on goal percentage from St George District, with Eastwood Ryde (6th) and Baulkham Hills Shire (7th) still well in touch.

DIVISION 2

Fifteen wins apiece sees Manly Warringah (1st) and Inner Western Suburbs (2nd) locked into the top two positions with the Minor Premiership to be decided between them over the next three rounds. It’s a long way back (eight points) to Campbelltown District (3rd) who have a four-point cushion over Central Coast in fourth. Outside of the top four, Blacktown City, Penrith District and Northern Suburbs are the sides still in the running for the all-important fourth and final playoff spot.

DIVISION 3

Inner Western Suburbs’ Division 3 team is also locked in a titanic struggle, this time against Randwick (2nd). Inner West top the Division on goal difference – both sides have 28 points – and there is a 10-point gap back to St George District in third with Liverpool City currently in the final playoff spot in fourth. While Inner West and Randwick will decide the Minor Premiership between them, there is a big race for fourth with Manly Warringah (5th), Parramatta Auburn (6th) and Eastwood Ryde (7th) still well in the running.

DIVISION 4

With just one loss from 15 games so far this year, Hawkesbury City are top of the pile with three rounds to go. Hills District, who only have two losses from 15 games, are the nearest challengers and will be very keen to claim the Minor Premiership themselves. Illawarra District stand alone in third, six points behind Hills but three clear of Blacktown City who are under big pressure from Northern Suburbs (5th) and Ku-ring-gai (6th) for the coveted fourth position on the ladder.

DIVISION 5

Liverpool City have are in pole position to claim the Minor Premiership with 15 wins from as many games. They hold a four-point lead over Hills District (2nd) and an eight-goal advantage over Ku-ring-gai in third. The top three looks pretty set, however there is a big battle for fourth place with Parramatta Auburn being closely challenged by Campelltown District and Bankstown City.

DIVISION 6

Illawarra District have a four-point lead at the top of the table with three rounds to go, four points clear of Inner Western Suburbs in second with Baulkham Hills Shire two points back again in third. Hills District round out the top four as it currently stands but they are only three points clear of Nothern Suburbs, with Blue Mountains a point further back and still well in the hunt for finals netball.