Halfway into 2013 Waratah Cup

The 2013 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup has reached the halfway mark with the teams contesting Round 8 of the competition on Wednesday night at the Anne Clark Centre.

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Netball NSW Blues and St George Head Coach Moira Gaha has been watching the competition closely alongside Netball NSW Waratahs Head Coach Sue Hawkins, as the two netball identities look to select their 2013 Australian Netball League (ANL) athletes.

“This year has been a really close Waratah Cup competition, with exciting games being contested almost on a weekly basis … there’s a great amount of depth in the competition, which is fantastic to see,” Gaha said.

“I’ve also had a good look at the Division Two competition, and it’s great to see some young players coming through the system and performing well.”

Gaha admits her own St George team is in a “rebuilding phase”, with a number of players unavailable to return from last season due to injuries.  But instead of seeing it as a negative, Gaha says it’s a fantastic opportunity for the younger St George players to step up.

“It’s certainly disappointing for those players who miss out, however it gives us an opportunity to bring some of our younger St George players through and give them valuable experience in playing Waratah Cup,” Gaha said.

“Players such as Emma Turner and Katie Maguire are having terrific seasons on the back of being selected for the 2013 NSW 21/U Team.  They have come back full of confidence and gained experience from Nationals, which is showing on court for us.”

St George had a tough on-court tussle with Baulkham Hills, with the third-placed side defeating Gaha’s team, 44-37.  A closely fought contest for most of the match, Gaha believes consistency is the key for her young chargers.

“There is a lot of experience in the Waratah Cup competition, so in order for us to get a win each week we need to be aiming for a full 60 minute game, and looking for that consistency week-in and week-out.”

In Round 8 results, top-of-the-table Sutherland Shire continued their unbeaten run, defeating Newcastle, 69-45, to stretch their winning streak to 12 games*.  Eastwood Ryde and Manly-Warringah were also able to post sizable wins, with the second and third placed sides defeating Illawarra, 67-42, and Penrith, 78-38, respectively.

In Division Two, Eastwood Ryde remains the only team yet to drop a game, with the 2012 Premiers defeating Liverpool City, 41-33, on Tuesday night.  The other Round 5 winners included Ku-ring-gai (defeated Sutherland Shire, 50-43), Campbelltown (defeated Northern Suburbs, 62-28), Manly-Warringah (defeated Central Coast, 60-46) and Bankstown City (defeated Blue Mountains, 52-27).

A tantalising clash awaits Division Three next Monday 20 May, with the top two teams Blacktown City and Randwick taking the court against each other at 7.00pm.  Blacktown City sits atop the ladder with four wins and one draw, while Randwick have lost just one game at the start of the season in Round 1 to Hawkesbury City.  Another great match-up sees St George come up against Baulkham Hills, while Sydney rivals Hills District and Northern Suburbs lock horns at 8.30pm.

The top four teams of Division Four sit on equal points, with only goal percentage separating the sides.  Randwick will be looking to get back on the winners board tonight against Central Coast, after suffering their first loss of the season at the hands of third-placed Illawarra last week.

Sitting in second-place by less than one percent, Ku-ring-gai will meet Sutherland Shire tonight, while Illawarra in third take on Liverpool City. In a throwback to old rivalries, Eastwood Ryde will contest Manly-Warringah, while Blue Mountains come up against Camden & District, with both games being played at 8.30pm.

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*Sutherland Shire’s last defeat was in 2012, Round 16 against Eastwood Ryde (47-54).