If there was ever a more highly-anticipated re-match, it would be tonight’s 2017 Samsung Premier League title decider. SECURE YOUR SEATS HERE
Minor Premiers UTS St George Sparks will go head-to-head with Manly Warringah Sapphires two weeks after the latter came from two goals down at three-quarter time to finish 56-54 victors; earning themselves a week’s rest at a vital time of the season.
The Sparks, meanwhile, had to go about it the hard way to feature in tonight’s Grand Final.
Smarting from lost opportunities the week prior, UTS came out with a vengeance in the Preliminary Final to defeat ERNA Hawks by 19 goals. It was a dominant performance after a fairly even opening quarter, in which the Sparks put up 35 goals in 30 minutes of netball (compared to the Hawks’ 19) to secure a re-match with Manly.
And while their previous meetings during the regular season are set at a win apiece, on paper it looks like the Sparks have the upper hand with a number of familiar names amongst their roster.
Lining up for UTS will be GIANTS Netball teammates Kristina Brice and Amy Parmenter (Training Partner) as well as NSW Swift Claire O’Brien, 2018 Adelaide Thunderbird Kaitlyn Bryce and former Premiership QLD Firebirds shooter, Beryl Friday. They’re also joined by Australian Netball League representatives Natalie Eldridge, sisters Kara and Nicole Styles, and Laura Towell.
For the opponents, the Sapphires boast 2018 GIANTS Netball Training Partners Georgia Marshall and Teigan O’Shannassy (the latter also an Australian 21/U representative) and Swifts 2017 Training Partner Rudi Ellis, as well as ANL players Georgia Clayden, Nikki Deegenaars, Brooke Lawrence and Stephanie MacGougan.
When you turn the microscope on the Sapphires, not only do they boast bragging rights from the Major Semi Final, they have also been in this position before.
In 2016 the Sapphires fought back hard, only to get within one goal of inaugural Opens Champions Sutherland Stingrays. Having got so close, yet so far, last season, can Manly go one better tonight?
There’s only one way to find out, and the best place to do so is courtside at Genea Netball Centre!
Tickets are selling fast so make sure you SECURE YOUR SEAT NOW to avoid disappointment (and long lines!) tonight.
If you can’t make it you can still catch all the action thanks to our friends at BarTV Sports – they’ll be live streaming the game from 7:30pm, featuring World Champion defender Bec Bulley behind the commentary mic > TUNE IN HERE.
Rd 2: Manly Warringah Sapphires 48 d UTS St George Sparks 43
Rd 9: UTS St George Sparks 46 d Manly Warringah Sapphires 43
Major SF: Manly Warringah Sapphires 56 d UTS St George Sparks 54
Major Semi Final | Manly Warringah Sapphires 56 d UTS St George Sparks 54
Minor Semi Final | ERNA Hawks 55 d Sutherland Stingrays 42
Preliminary Final | UTS St George Sparks 63 d ERNA Hawks 44
Grand Final | Manly Warringah Sapphires v UTS St George Sparks, 7.30pm WED 20 SEP