In a blink of an eye we’ve reached the halfway point of the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League, and from what we’ve witnessed so far the NSW netball community is in for an exciting finish across the competition.
It’s extremely tight in five of the six Divisions, with four points the most separating the top three or four sides, meaning every game will be crucial in the run home to the Finals.
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Three points separate the top four sides, with just one point between first placed Hunter United from Eastwood Ryde (2nd) and Illawarra District (3rd). That trend continues across the Division, pointing to a hotly contested competition in the top tier.
Looking ahead to Round 9 there’s plenty at stake, with a number of teams able to edge closer to the top four by securing a win – Baulkham Hills (5th) and St George District (6th) in particular, who will come up against Illawarra and Penrith District respectively when play resumes next Thursday 8 June.
Rd 9 Fixture: Illawarra District (3rd) v Baulkham Hills Shire (5th); Penrith District (8th) v St George District (6th); Northern Suburbs (4th) v Hunter United (1st); Manly Warringah (10th) v Eastwood Ryde (2nd); Bankstown City (7th) v Ku-ring-gai (9th).
A top-of-the-table clash headlines Round 9 action with first-placed Blue Mountains meeting second-placed Hills District next Thursday 8 June. Both are undefeated so far – which one will be able to continue that trend for another week? Or will we see our first draw of Division 2? Fittingly, this game will be played on the Show Court, so make sure you come out to catch what is sure to be an exciting match!
The rest of the Round 9 Fixture will be played out in similar fashion, with all games except two matching up ladder neighbours – City of Sydney could leapfrog Blacktown City with a win, while St George District could edge closer to Sutherland Shire when they meet at 8:30pm.
Rd 9 Fixture: Hills District (2nd) v Blue Mountains (1st); Northern Suburbs (5th) v Randwick (3rd); City of Sydney (10th) v Blacktown City (9th); St George District (8th) v Sutherland Shire (7th); Campbelltown District (4th) v Baulkham Hills Shire (6th).
Two games could have a direct effect on the Division 3 ladder when Round 9 gets underway next Monday 5 June. Ladder leaders Inner Western Suburbs will meet Central Coast, who currently sit three points behind in second place. It is the same for fourth-placed Randwick who will take on Manly Warringah who sit three points behind in fifth.
It’s extremely tight on the ladder, particularly in the middle where four teams are separated by the smallest of margins. Therefore wins will be crucial as teams turn one eye to the approaching Finals Series.
Rd 9 Fixture: Central Coast (2nd) v Inner Western Suburbs (1st); v Parramatta Auburn (3rd) v Camden & District (6th); Eastwood Ryde (7th) v Sutherland Shire (8th); Ku-ring-gai (9th) v Penrith District (10th); Manly Warringah (5th) v Randwick (4th).
While Inner Western Suburbs have a clear lead at the top of the table, remaining undefeated so far, the competition is tight for the teams sitting from second through to seventh with just four points separating them.
Round 9 has the last matches where teams will meet for the first time, as from Monday 19 June the fixture will repeat – therefore it will be interesting to see how Division 4 unfolds as the Finals Series approaches.
Rd 9 Fixture: St George District (3rd) v Eastwood Ryde (6th); Blacktown City (10th) v Liverpool City (4th); Baulkham Hills Shire (9th) v Inner Western Suburbs (1st); Central Coast (7th) v Hunter United (2nd); Hills District (8th) v Northern Suburbs (5th).
Things are tight on the Division 5 ladder, with two Round 9 games in particular with the power to shift positions ahead of the competition’s second half. With two points separating ladder leaders Penrith District and Inner Western Suburbs, as well as Bankstown City and Hawkesbury City, teams could leapfrog each other or further extend their leads.
From Penrith in top spot to Bankstown City in sixth place, all six teams have the opportunity to make Finals meaning we should expect a hotly contested second half of the season.
Rd 9 Fixture: Sutherland Shire (9th) v Campbelltown District (5th); Bankstown City (6th) v Hawkesbury City (4th); Penrith District (1st) v Inner Western Suburbs (2nd); Illawarra District (3rd) v Blacktown City (7th); Ku-ring-gai (8th) v City of Sydney (10th).
Four points separate the top four sides, with a single point the difference between Hills District in top spot from second-placed Camden & District and Liverpool City in third. However the match of the round sits just outside the top teams.
Campbelltown District have the opportunity to creep closer to the top four when they meet Blue Mountains, who sit just two points behind in sixth place; Campbelltown themselves sit two points behind fourth-placed Parramatta Auburn.
Rd 9 Fixture: Northern Suburbs (7th) v Hills District (1st); Sutherland Shire (10th) v Parramatta Auburn (4th); Mount Druitt (9th) v Camden & District (2nd); Liverpool City (3rd) v Baulkham Hills Shire (8th); Blue Mountains (6th) v Campbelltown (5th).