DOOLEYS Metro League reaches Finals stage

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After 18 tough weeks of competition the 2016 DOOLEYS Metro League regular rounds have come to an end with the best teams booking their places in the Finals.

It was an intense season for all teams in their respective divisions and for some their journey comes to an end, but for others a Grand Final spot is within reach.

The league, made up of six divisions of 10 teams, has been producing top class action week in, week out at Netball Central with the sides from Divisions 3 and 4 taking to the courts on Mondays, Divisions 5 and 6 in action on Tuesdays, and Divisions 1 and 2 rounding out the activity on Thursdays.

The Division 1 regular season was a two leg horse race with Eastwood Ryde and St George District inseparable at the top of the table, the former narrowly edging in front thanks to a slim goal differential.

Northern Suburbs (third) and Ku-ring-gai (fourth) were not far behind, taking out the remaining two spots in the Semi Finals.

Division 2 was a different story with Illawarra District sitting comfortably on top of the ladder, ahead of Hunter United who sit in second place, while Randwick City and Hills District make up the Finals positions.

Nothing separates Division 3 with Blue Mountains (first) and Campbelltown District (second) steering the competition in what will be an epic battle of the west come Thursday night.

Fourth placed Central Coast will be giving Ku-ring-gai (third) a run for their money and look to keep their Grand Final hopes alive.

Manly Warringah (second), Northern Suburbs (third) and Baulkham Hills Shire (fourth) all sit on 24 points in Division 4, the tightest contest in the competition this season.

All teams will be going head-to-head to determine who will come away with the bragging rights, while Randwick take the cake with a massive nine point lead only having lost one game so far.

Inner Western Suburbs (first) and Hills District (second) will be going toe-to-toe in Division 5 having displaying some dominant performances across the court, with both teams earning their right to either a place in the Grand final or a second chance in the Preliminary Final.

Blacktown City (fifth) and Ku-ring-gai (fourth) meanwhile will face the threat of elimination when they take to the court on Tuesday night for a last crack at progressing into the Preliminaries.

Last but not least, Division 6 has produced some impressive rounds of netball yet again with the Inner Western Suburbs taking the lead with 15 wins.

Hawkesbury City (second) will be eager for a win to secure their place in the Grand Final while Blue Mountains (fourth) will be hoping to knock third placed Mount Druitt out of the competition when they shape up at Netball Central.

Despite what the ladders may say, it will come down to the wire when each team takes the court for a nerve-racking first week of finals.