Premier League heads into business end

Posted by: UTS St George Sparks
August 4, 2016

Places in the inaugural SAMSUNG Premier League Finals Series are still up for grabs, with teams having one last chance to solidify their chances of being crowned 2016 Premiers.

Round 14 gets underway tonight, Wednesday 3 August, with a cloud of uncertainty around who will contest the Opens and Under 20s Finals Series from next week.

A number of teams have already been confirmed, however, there are also many who will be fighting to feature in the business end of Netball NSW’s newest competition.

We check out both divisions to see how the action will unfold tonight, and what impact the results could have on the upcoming 2016 SAMSUNG Premier League Finals Series…

OPENS

While Manly Warringah Sapphires have a chance to claim the Minor Premiership tonight when they take on ERNA Hawks at 7pm (Court 3), the game of the round has to be between third-placed UTS St George Sparks and fourth-placed North Shore United.

A win to United will wholly secure their place in the Finals Series; but a loss will open the door for Central Coast Heart (5th) to sneak in to the top four. Heart requires a win against GWS Fury tonight, plus goal differential to fall in their favour, to leapfrog United into fourth-place and the Semi Finals.

Rd 14 Fixtures:
UTS St George Sparks v North Shore United – Show Court, 7pm (watch it here!)
GWS Fury v Central Coast Heart – Court 1, 8:40pm
Panthers v Sutherland Stingrays – Court 2, 8:40pm
Manly Warringah Sapphires v ERNA Hawks – Court 3, 7pm

UNDER 20s

Things are fairly tight in the Under 20s division, with UTS St George Sparks holding one hand on the Minor Premiership with a slim one point lead ahead of Sutherland Stingrays in second place.

A win tonight against North Shore United will see the Sparks claim the Minor Premiers title; a loss, and win to Stingrays (over third-placed Panthers) will see Sutherland leagfrog into top spot.

However, the most interesting battles will be contested between Panthers, GWS Fury (4th) and United (5th), with all three teams separated by a single point. Therefore wins tonight will be critical to secure their place in the inaugural Finals Series.

Rd 14 Fixtures:
UTS St George Sparks v North Shore United – Show Court, 8:40pm (watch it here!)
GWS Fury v Central Coast Heart – Court 1, 7pm
Panthers v Sutherland Stingrays – Court 2, 7pm
Manly Warringah Sapphires v ERNA Hawks – Court 3, 8:40pm