The Netball NSW Waratahs might be guaranteed finals action in this year’s Australian Netball League (ANL), but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to play for in the final round of the regular season this weekend.
The NNSW Waratahs will do battle with competition heavyweights Southern Force twice in Adelaide this Saturday and Sunday, 18-19 June, and will be looking to take momentum into the 2016 Final Series to be played at Netball Central next week.
The Force are just behind the NNSW Waratahs in third place on the ANL ladder and, with both teams having registered five wins apiece this season, it’s shaping up as a tantalising encounter.
“We are expecting the biggest challenge possible when we head to Adelaide,” NNSW Waratahs Head Coach Briony Akle said ahead of the trip to South Australia.
“We always know when we go there that we have a fight on our hands.”
With the business end of the competition looming large on the horizon, the double header with the Force comes at the perfect time for Akle’s team and she hopes a good showing in Adelaide will give the side some vital momentum for the finals.
“For me knowing that whoever is going to be out on court will stick to the game plan and work together is key for us… putting it out there consistently from one day to the next,” Akle added
“If we are playing with good form this weekend I hope that can carry us well into the finals.
“Even though we know we have a place cemented in the finals [I feel] really good performances this weekend are vital for us.”
The NNSW Waratahs had a win and a loss last weekend in their Round 7 double header with the Western Sting. Akle said she was pleased with how her side came-from-behind to win on Saturday, before showing resilience in defeat on the Sunday.
“I was really happy with the way we fought back in both games, especially in the loss because we didn’t let the Sting’s lead blowout and we got to within four goals at one stage, so it was pleasing to see the players hang in there.
“I saw a lot of commitment, resilience in them when they were digging away at the Sting’s lead so that was the big positive for me.”
2016 Australian Netball League – Round 8
Netball NSW Waratahs v Southern Force
Saturday 18 June, Titanium Security Arena – first centre pass at 7:30pm AEST
Sunday 19 June, Netball SA Stadium – first centre pass at 12:30pm AEST
Tickets are now available for netball fans who would like to attend the 2016 ANL Finals Series at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park. Prices are $11.50 for Adults, $6.50 for Children/Concessions – including booking fee (note: some credit card transactions may apply).