Four rounds in for Waratah Cup

While other DOOLEYS State League divisions are only just beginning their season, top division Waratah Cup is in full swing with the fourth round of competition contested Wednesday night.

Sutherland Shire and Baulkham Hills are the only two teams to remain undefeated thus far, with the 2012 Champions Sutherland sitting atop the ladder with a slight advantage on goal percentage.

Eastwood Ryde sits in third place with three wins, with Manly-Warringah and Newcastle following closely behind on equal four points.  St George, Illawarra and Penrith round up the table.

Head Coach Maria Lynch says she is extremely pleased with Sutherland’s start to the 2013 season.

“I’m really happy with how the team is performing and how quickly they have come together so early in the season,” said Lynch.

“We know that as defending champions we have a target on our backs, so having not lost a match so far is a great achievement … the girls are really enjoying training and playing together, and I think that it showing on court.

“We are really looking forward to coming up against Manly-Warringah in a couple weeks. There is a bit of an old rivalry between Sutherland and Manly, right down to junior teams, so I’m sure it will be another exciting contest.“

“The week after Manly we meet Baulkham Hills who are also undefeated at the moment … it will be a great challenge to test ourselves against those teams, however we know that you can win plenty of games but ultimately it’s about being in a good position come Finals time,” Lynch concluded.

As Head Coach of the abovementioned Baulkham Hills, Briony Akle thinks the 2013 competition may be one of the closest ones yet.

“Having just eight teams contesting Waratah Cup this year makes the competition that much tighter, so to be undefeated after four rounds is a real achievement for us,” said Akle.

After finishing Preliminary Finalists last year, Akle said the team enjoyed more match play during the 2013 pre-season.

“We have a few new faces in our team this year, so we did more match play during our preparations … we were able to trial our combinations which has given us a great start to the season,” Akle stated.

“Sutherland is playing really well at the moment, so I’m looking forward to meeting them in Round Seven.  However we will focus our attention on Manly-Warringah who we have next, and take it one game at a time.”

Round Five will be contested next Wednesday, 24 April, where Baulkham Hills take on Manly-Warringah at 7.00pm along with Sutherland Shire meeting Illawarra.  At 8.30pm Eastwood Ryde takes the court against Newcastle, while St George comes up against Penrith.

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