The Netball NSW (NNSW) Waratahs are back on the road this weekend when they head to Melbourne to contest Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Netball League (ANL).
A tough contest awaits NNSW Waratahs as they prepare to take on Victorian Fury, the most successful team in ANL’s eight-year history. The Fury remains undefeated this season after opening their 2016 campaign against the Canberra Darters with two comprehensive wins in Round 1; 51-34 and 53-37 in Melbourne.
Coincidentally the NNSW Waratahs are also coming off back-to-back wins over the Darters at home in Round 2, and also are yet to drop a game in 2016 after four games; a statistic Head Coach Briony Akle is hoping to continue this weekend.
“No doubt we’ve got a big challenge playing the Fury on their home turf this weekend, but I’ve got full confidence our NSW athletes are ready to test themselves in Melbourne,” Akle said.
“Fury’s roster remains relatively the same as their side last year, so they have plenty of experience in their group. But I’ve been impressed with the style of netball our NNSW Waratahs have shown in our first two rounds… as long as we keep to our game plan, I’m confident of our performance.”
The NNSW Waratahs have three wins and a draw so far this season, and will again shadow their counterparts the NSW Swifts’ fixture in Melbourne. They will open their Round 3 campaign against the Fury on Saturday 14 May at 6:00pm, before following the Swifts v Melbourne Vixens ANZ Championship contest at Hisense Arena for part two of their Fury match-up at 2:30pm.
“Having the two (ANZ Championship and ANL) competitions so closely aligned this season gives our athletes a really close insight into what the next step is like,” Akle said.
“Again we could see some of the Swifts come into our side after their Vixens game on Sunday, but until Rob (Wright) gives the all-clear we will continue to prepare as normal. For our younger athletes, getting the opportunity to play alongside the likes of a Stephanie Wood, Kaitlyn Bryce or Lauren Moore is a great education opportunity for them.
“But it doesn’t matter who takes the court for us – we all have a job to do, and that’s play some good quality netball to get a win over the Fury,” Akle concluded.
Akle also confirmed NSW 19/U shooter Laura Towell would remain with the NNSW Waratahs as temporary replacement player for Kiera Austin, who also remains with the NSW Swifts as temporary replacement for Amy Sommerville.
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|2016 Netball NSW Waratahs ANL Fixtures|
|Sat 30 April||NNSW Waratahs 68 d QLD Fusion 46||Brisbane Entertainment Centre|
|Sun 1 May||NNSW Waratahs 51 drew QLD Fusion 51||Ormiston College, QLD|
|Sat 7 May||NNSW Waratahs 52 d Canberra Darters 37||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sun 8 May||NNSW Waratahs 65 d Canberra Darters 46||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sat 14 May||VIC Fury v NNSW Waratahs @ 6pm||State Netball & Hockey Centre, VIC|
|Sun 15 May||VIC Fury v NNSW Waratahs @ 2:30pm||Hisense Arena, VIC|
|Sat 11 June||NNSW Waratahs v Western Sting @ 3:15pm||Newcastle Entertainment Centre, NSW|
|Sun 12 June||NNSW Waratahs v Western Sting @ 12pm||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sat 18 June||Southern Force v NNSW Waratahs @ 8pm||Adelaide Arena, SA|
|Sun 19 June||Southern Force v NNSW Waratahs @ 12pm||Netball SA Stadium, SA|
|Sat 25 June||Semi Finals||Netball Central, NSW|
|Sun 26 June||Grand Final||Netball Central, NSW|