It’s hard to believe but the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League is already almost two thirds of the way through the regular season with the Genea Netball Centre seeing plenty of fine action on these winter weeknights.
There is lots to play for as the race to the playoffs heats up across the various Divisions so, with that in mind, here’s a snapshot of how things are shaping up with seven rounds of regular season action left to play.
For full results and league tables please visit our dedicated Metro League webpage.
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Hunter United lead the way in Division 1 with an impressive nine wins, one draw and one loss garnered from the opening 11 rounds of action.
However, Eastwood Ryde are only one point behind in second with Illawarra District (3rd) and Bankstown City (4th) rounding out the top four.
Just outside the playoff positions are St George District (5th) and Northern Suburbs (6th) with Baulkham Hills Shire (7th), Penrith District (8th) and Ku-ring-gai (9th) looking to register some much-needed wins to make a push for the Finals Series.
Only goal difference separates Blue Mountains (1st) and Hills District (2nd) at the top of Division 2 with both teams registering 10 wins in the first 11 rounds.
Randwick are next on the table but are four points behind while Campbelltown District round out the top four, a further two points back.
Northern Suburbs (5th) and Sutherland Shire (6th) are the closest to threatening the current top four with Baulkham Hills Shire (7th), Blacktown City (8th) and St George District (9th) rounding out the Division as it currently stands.
An unbeaten 11 from 11 has Inner Western Suburbs sitting pretty at the top of Division 3, however, it is a big battle for second with only one point separating Parramatta Auburn from third-placed Central Coast.
Randwick round out the top four but they are only a point ahead of their closest challengers, Eastwood Ryde.
Manly Warringah (6th), Camden & District (7th), Ku-ring-gai (8th) and Penrith District (9th) are not out of the running yet but need wins to kick-start their respective Finals pushes.
Just like in Division 3, Inner Western Suburbs have put on another masterclass to be unbeaten here too – winning 11 from 11 to be well ahead of their nearest rivals, Hunter United, in second.
Three points behind Hunter sit Liverpool City in third with St George District rounding out the current top four.
Central Coast and Northern Suburbs, in fifth and sixth, are still well in the running for playoff positions but will need to battle hard to keep ahead of Eastwood Ryde (7th), Hills District (8th) and Baulkham Hills Shire (9th).
Inner Western Suburbs lead here as well with only one game dropped from their opening 11, but only goal difference keeps them top ahead of Penrith District in second.
In a hotly contested Division, Illawarra District sit just two points behind in third with Hawkesbury City sitting in the last of the playoff spots.
Bankstown City (5th) and Campbelltown District (6th) lead the challengers looking to break into the top four – six points clear of Ku-ring-gai in seventh. Blacktown City (8th) and Sutherland Shire (9th) round out the Division.
Camden & District and Liverpool City are only separated by goal difference at the top of Division 6 with the former just ahead.
However, just one point behind sit Hills District who could easily leapfrog both teams into top spot should they win in Round 12 and other results go their way.
Parramatta Auburn are currently in the last playoff position with Campbelltown their nearest challengers.
Further down the table are Baulkham Hills Shire (6th), Blue Mountains (7th), Northern Suburbs (8th) and Mount Druitt (9th).