Day 1 of the 2018 Netball NSW State Age Championships at the Liverpool City, Camden & District, Eastwood Ryde and Inner Western Suburbs Netball Associations has drawn to a close.
There are two more days of play to go before respective State Champions are crowned but here is how things are looking at the top of the different divisions so far.
For full results and standings please visit the MyNetball Fixtures & Results page, but for now here’s a brief run-down.
Penrith District, Manly Warringah and Campbelltown District are the top three sides (in that order) at end of play on Day 1, each with a perfect six wins from six games with only goal percentage separating them. Ku-ring-gai and Sutherland Shire are the best of the rest with five wins each, while Newcastle, Bankstown City and Baulkham Hills Shire are bunched together a further two points behind.
12/U Division Two
Gosford and Wagga Wagga have both started in fine form with six wins from six each, however, five wins and a draw means Barellan & District are only a point behind in third. Inner Westerns Suburbs also had a good opening day, only dropping one game, with Dubbo, Maitland, Mount Druitt and Bathurst all well in the hunt in the chasing pack.
12/U Division Three
Nambucca Valley and Muswellbrook are 1 and 2 here after 100% win records on Day 1 with Manning Valley, who also are are yet to drop a game but have played one less, in third. Great Lakes round out the top four but only on goal percentage from Nelson Bay with Westlakes District the next challengers a further point behind.
12/U Division Four
It’s a three-way tie at the end of Day 1 in this competition with Cowra & District (1st), Wollondilly (2nd) and Macleay (3rd) all winning each of their five games. Kiama, who lost just one game, round out the top four on goal percentage ahead of Mudgee District and Narrandera in what has been one of the most competitive Divisions of the Championships so far. Sapphire Coast are the best of the rest with three wins, a loss and a draw to their name.
Liverpool City have been making the most of home court advantage with a fine six from six return for their Day 1 play. Northern Suburbs would have been joint top but they drew a game, putting them a point behind in second with Camden & District third after five wins. They have a better percentage than fourth-placed Hills District who are just a point ahead of Illawarra District in fifth.
13/U Division Two
Barellan & District were the standout side on Day 1, registering six wins to put them top ahead of Hawkesbury City (2nd), Inner Western Suburbs (3rd) and Hastings Valley (4th), all of whom won five games and lost one. There is a big chasing pack knocking on the door of the top four with Gosford, Blue Mountains, Coffs Harbour and Dubbo (in that order) all in it.
13/U Division Three
Cessnock had a very good day with a 100% six from six with Ballina, Tumut and Westlakes District all following close behind, registering five wins and a loss apiece. In what is a very congested ladder Muswellbrook and Manning Valley are a point outside of the top four and Port Stephens and Southern Highlands will be hoping to get into those positions on Day 2 with four wins keeping them well in the chase.
13/U Division Four
Brunswick Byron were the stars of the show in this Division on the opening day, winning all of their six games to be top of the ladder. Casino are second with five wins and one loss and Lithgow are third with five wins from five games. Woolgoolga District are in the top four on goal percentage ahead of Cowra & District and Temora, who have the same win-loss ratio after a day’s play. Kiama are the next best in seventh, just ahead of Macleay and Yass who are still in the chase.
Baulkham Hills Shire are top of the pile with a 100% six from six but it’s a massive race just behind them from second to fifth. Newcastle (2nd), Northern Suburbs (3rd), Liverpool City (4th) and Bankstown City (5th) are only separated by goal percentage after they all registered five wins and one loss, with Camden & District the best of the rest with four wins and two losses.
14/U Division Two
Westlakes are top here with a perfect six wins but they are just two points ahead of St George District (2nd), Randwick (3rd) and Maitland (4th), who are separated by goal percentage. Nambucca Valley and Tuggeranong are knocking on the door of the top four and could well be there at the end of play on Day 2 with Lakeside and Bathurst also hoping to make an impression too.
14/U Division Three
Temora were faultless on Day 1, winning every one of their six games to be two clear at the top of the ladder. Ballina (2nd), Cessnock (3rd) and Barellan & District (4th) are in a real fight for second place, each with five wins apiece in what was a very hotly contested day’s play. But they’ll need to keep their efforts up on Day 2 with Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands and Tumut leading a chasing back that’s within striking distance.
14/U Division Four
Only goal difference separates Macleay (1st) and Brunswick Byron (2nd) at the top of the ladder after both sides won all six of their games. They were the standout sides of Day 1 with Leeton back in third with four wins, a loss and a draw on the board and Mudgee & District fourth with four wins, however, they played a game less. Kiama, Sapphire Coast and Woolgoolga District, meanwhile, are only outside the top four on goal percentage.
This was the Division of the day with three teams tied at the top, only separated by goal percentage. Ku-ring-gai are first ahead of Penrith District in second and Liverpool City’s 15s were also making the most of home advantage to be third at the end of Day 1. Camden & District round out the top four having only lost one game and there is a chasing group of Illawarra District, St George District and Northern Suburbs following close behind.
15/U Division Two
Lakeside were outstanding on Day 1, winning six from six, but they are under pressure from Orange (2nd) and Blue Mountains (3rd), both who won five games. Inner Western Suburbs make up the top four, just a point further back, however, Hastings Valley and Lismore will pushing very hard for a top four spot on Day 2.
15/U Division Three
There were no 100% records at the end of Day 1 in this Division, but fives wins and a draw apiece was enough to put Coffs Harbour (1st) and Woy Woy Peninsula (2nd) on top of the table. In what is another hugely contested Division, Westlakes District (3rd), Tamworth (4th) and Barellan & District (5th) are all just separated by goal percentage a further point behind.
15/U Division Four
Group 14 put in a huge effort to win all seven of their games and top the table at the end of Day 1. They are followed closely by Grafton, who won six from seven games, and Armidale (third) who won all six of their first day games. Macleay round out the top four with Mount Druitt and Brunswick Byron just behind them with two days to go.