It’s a big two days of action this weekend as Netball Central, the home of Netball NSW, plays host to the 2016 Australian Netball League Finals Series.
Taking place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, the series will be of huge interest to players and supporters all over the state with the Netball NSW Waratahs in with a chance to be crowned the 2016 ANL Premiers.
It is also the first time the ANL Finals have been held at Netball Central, allowing local fans the chance to see top class players from all over Australia in action on their doorstep.
The NNSW Waratahs will take to the court at 7:00pm in Saturday’s second Semi Final against the Southern Force, who they did battle with last weekend in Adelaide during Round 8 – emerging with a win and a loss from the hit out. Before that, at 5pm, the other semi-finalists VIC Fury and Western Sting will also go head-to-head for a place in Sunday’s title-decider.
The winners from both Semi Finals will advance to the 2016 Grand Final at 12pm on Sunday, while the other teams will contest for third place in the Preliminary Final at 10am.
It’s been a good campaign for the NNSW Waratahs so far, and with the first goal of making the Finals Series already achieved, Head Coach Briony Akle is hoping to bring the ANL silverware back to NSW.
“We can’t wait for this weekend,” Akle said ahead of the Finals.
“Obviously we have played the Force twice before and we have lots to work to [do] to get us in good shape for a win on Saturday.”
There are no second chances at this stage of the competition but that won’t mean the NNSW Waratahs will be treating their meeting with the Force differently to other games. Akle is happy with how her side has performed this year and is placing trust in the systems and game plans her players have executed for her throughout the ANL season so far.
“We are not really going to change anything; we are just going to treat Saturday as any other game in our preparation,” Akle said.
“Obviously the intensity at training will be lifted but nothing different (will be done), just sticking to our basics and doing them well.”
Watch Briony Akle’s full interview with NetballNSWTV below:
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):
2016 ANL Semi Finals | Saturday 25 June – TICKETS
Semi Final 1: VIC Fury v Western Sting, 5pm AEST
Semi Final 2: NNSW Waratahs v Southern Force, 7pm AEST
2016 ANL Grand Final | Sunday 26 June – TICKETS
Preliminary Final, 10am AEST
Grand Final, 12pm AEST