Three rounds (yes, just three!) are all that remain of the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League regular season as teams across the six divisions focus their attentions on securing an all-important top four spot.
Here is a rundown of how things are looking going into Round 16. Good to luck to everyone taking the court this week.
For a full results and competition ladders please visit our Metro League webpage.
Top spot is Hunter United’s to loose here as they take a seven point lead over Illawarra District into this week’s round of games.
Eastwood Ryde sit in third, two points further, back with Baulkham Hills Shire rounding out the top four, however, with only seven points separating fourth and seventh places there are plenty teams still in contention for Finals.
Northern Suburbs, St George District and Bankstown City lead the chasing pack.
Only four points separates first from third in this highly competitive division with Hills District, who have only lost one game all year, leading the way from Blue Mountains in second, one point behind.
Randwick sit comfortably in third but it’s a long way back – eight points in fact – to Northern Suburbs in the final playoff spot.
They are also under considerable pressure on three fronts with Baulkham Hills Shire, Campbelltown District and Sutherland Shire all in striking distance and ready to leapfrog them should the chance arise.
Yet to drop a game this year, Inner Western Suburbs will be looking to continue their superb form this week and tighten their grip on top spot.
Second placed Parramatta Auburn, who have only lost two games themselves, won’t have given up hope of securing the Minor Premiership, however, and are only four points behind.
Central Coast are a further two points back in third with a comfortable gap of eight points back to Randwick in fourth.
But Randwick will need to stay on their toes to make Finals with Eastwood Ryde only a point behind them in fifth.
Inner Western Suburbs are still the team to beat in this division too, winning 14/15 to have a four-point lead over Hunter United in second place.
Those two are looking very good for the Finals Series, but Liverpool City (3rd) and St George District (4th) still have work to do to guarantee their presence in the playoffs.
Liverpool City sit on 19 points, three ahead of St George on 16, but Central Coast and Eastwood Ryde are still very much in the hunt.
Just like last week, Inner Western Suburbs are still leading three divisions of the 2017 competition, a remarkable achievement.
But this one is very competitive with any team from first to fourth still in the running for top spot.
As it stands Inner West lead the way on 26 points, two ahead of second-placed Penrith District who lead Illawarra District (3rd) on goal difference with Hawkesbury City just two points further behind fourth.
It’s wonderful competition with Bankstown City (5th) ready to take advantage should those above them slip up.
Only goal difference separates Camden & District (1st) and Liverpool City (both 25 points) at the top here, with Hills District a point further behind in third.
What is really interesting in these final few weeks is the race for the fourth and final playoff spot.
At the moment it’s Campbelltown’s to loose, however, there are a host of chasing teams ready to take it from their grasp.
Parramatta Auburn, Baulkham Hills Shire, Northern Suburbs and Blue Mountains will all be looking to strike.