With the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup quickly approaching the Finals Series, netballnsw.com caught up with NSW Swifts Assistant Coach Robert Wright to gauge his thoughts on the competition thus far.
A long-time lover of the sport, netball fans will often see Rob at the Anne Clark Centre on a Wednesday evening to check out the best talent battle it out on court.
“Certainly I’ve been impressed by the young talent we are seeing every week. It just goes to show the depth of talent we have coming through the State to produce such quality netball and also makes the competition better for it,” Wright said.
“I’ve been particularly impressed with Manly-Warringah. They had a tough season last year with injuries, and their young players have matured and are better for the opportunities they’ve been given. Teamed with some of their more experienced players like Kristy Guthrie and Elly Wilkin, they’re playing well.”
Despite singing Manly’s praises, Rob says it’s hard not to look past ladder leader’s Sutherland Shire to go back-to-back this year.
“Sutherland Shire is just playing terrific netball. They have so much strength across the court and continue to set the benchmark for the competition. Based on their current form, it’s hard not to back them to take the title again.”
While hesitate to claim all out favourites, Rob has taken the punt at predicting a 2012 Grand Final rematch between Sutherland Shire and Eastwood Ryde.
“The Grand Final is a whole different game; based on form you would have to back Sutherland, but Eastwood Ryde knows all too well that anything can happen in that final match.”
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With just four weeks until finals start, last night teams contested Round 10 of the competition. Sutherland Shire continued their unbeaten run with a 10 goal victory over Eastwood Ryde, while a 12 goal victory to Baulkham Hills over Illawarra saw them leapfrog Eastwood into second spot.
However, it was Manly-Warringah and Newcastle who kicked off with wins in the first timeslot, defeating St George, 46-37, and Penrith, 53-45, respectively. There was extra motivation for Manly versus St George, with the game playing out for fourth place. Manly were able to cement their spot in the top four with the victory plus a win-in-hand over fifth-placed St George.
Manly-Warringah will have a tough battle next week when they meet third-place Eastwood Ryde, while St George takes on their southern rivals Illawarra. Meanwhile Newcastle will step on court against Baulkham Hills at 7.00pm, and Penrith will have a challenge meeting top-of-the-table Sutherland Shire at 8.30pm.
Goal percentage is the only thing separating Ku-ring-gai and Eastwood Ryde at the top of the Division Two ladder, with both teams sitting with six wins and one loss. Manly-Warringah is nipping at their heels, just one point behind in third position, with Campbelltown rounding out the top four.
Randwick is leading Division Three competition, with five wins and having already played their Bye round. Following close behind Randwick is Blacktown City, Ku-ring-gai and Hills District in second, third and fourth place respectively.
Parramatta Auburn and Northern Suburbs will kick off Round 8 next Monday 3 June against Randwick and St George at 7.00pm, while Ku-ring-gai meets Baulkham Hills and Hills Districts take on Blacktown City at 8.30pm. Hawkesbury City will enjoy the Bye round.
Tonight sees Round 7 action of Division Four, with Illawarra currently atop the ladder with five wins. They meet Eastwood Ryde on Court D at 7.00pm tonight, while Central Coast take on Liverpool City and Blue Mountains meet Manly-Warringah on Court A and C.
Rounding off tonight’s competition is Randwick versus Ku-ring-gai, while a thrilling match-up will also be played between Sutherland Shire and Camden & District, with the sides currently sitting in fourth and fifth position.
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