Samsung Premier League entering the business end
June 15, 2016
The inaugural SAMSUNG Premier League season is well and truly hitting its stride as the competition enters the business end of the season with Round 8 being contested tonight, Wednesday 15 June, at Netball Central.
There are seven games to be played, before the Finals Series gets underway; and both Opens and Under 20s sides will be looking to consolidate their positions on the ladder in order to feature in the final weeks.
We take a look at how each Franchise is fairing in both divisions – take a look below, and make sure you’re courtside to see how it all unfolds tonight!
Central Coast Heart
Both their Opens and Under 20s sides are in a similar position as we enter the second half of the season; their seniors are in fifth position with three wins so far, while their younger counterparts are sitting in seventh place with just the one win under their belts.
Both will meet North Shore United tonight on Court 3; Under 20s up first at 7pm, followed by Opens at 8:40pm.
Click here for Central Coast Heart’s team list.
While their Under 20s side sits below Heart in eighth place on goal percentage, the Hawks’ Opens side are in fourth spot on the ladder – narrowly keeping Heart out of the top four, coincidentally also by goal percentage.
The Under 20s side had a win over the Heart in Round 2, while the Opens have notched up three wins over the Panthers (Round 3), North Shore United (Round 4) and UTS St George Sparks (Round 6).
Both sides will meet Sutherland Stingrays tonight on the Show Court, meaning Hawks fans who can’t make it to Netball Central can still catch all the action live via BarTV Sports – visit the Live Games tab at the top of the page.
Click here for ERNA Hawks’ team list.
Their Under 20s side leads the competition in top spot, with six wins from seven appearances so far this season – making them the second most successful team in both divisions (Manly Warringah Sapphires Opens are the only team that are still undefeated).
In contrast Fury’s Opens side has one win so far, sitting in eighth place – but what a win it was in a one-goal thriller against ERNA Hawks in Round 5. Despite their single success, the Fury Opens side has shown plenty of fighting spirit to push their opposition to the final minutes; getting to within just a few goals on three occasions.
Both sides will meet the Panthers on Court 1 tonight; Under 20s up first at 7pm, followed by Opens at 8:40pm.
Click here for GWS Fury’s team list.
Manly Warringah Sapphires
As mentioned, the Sapphires’ Opens team remains the only side yet to taste defeat in the 2016 season with seven consecutive wins to their name. With plenty of talent both on and off the court to help (read our Sapphires feature from earlier this month), the Opens side leads second placed-UTS St George Sparks by four points as we enter the second half of the season.
Meanwhile their Under 20s side has also enjoyed a solid start to the inaugural season, sitting in fifth place with four wins so far; they sit just outside the top four trailing Panthers by goal percentage.
Both will meet UTS St George Sparks tonight on Court 1; their Opens side up first at 7pm, followed by their younger Under 20s counterparts at 8:40pm.
Click here for Manly Warringah Sapphires’ team list.
North Shore United
In what is a terrific coincidence both the Opens and Under 20s teams sit in sixth place on their respective ladders – both with two wins apiece. However the Opens side also has a draw to their name when they met Sutherland Stingrays in Round 3 and played out a thrilling 60-minute contest for fans at Netball Central.
Both sides will meet Central Coast Heart tonight and both the Opens and Under 20s tasted victory over their opposition in the opening round of the competition; will we see history repeat tonight?
Click here for North Shore United’s team list.
Panthers’ Under 20s side currently sits in Finals contention in fourth place; holding out the Sapphires by superior goal differential. They have four wins from seven appearances, posting victories over GWS Fury, Sutherland Stingrays, ERNA Hawks and Central Coast Heart in the first four rounds. However, they haven’t had a win since Round 4.
The Opens side has two wins to their name, in Round 1 (GWS Fury) and Round 5 (North Shore United) and sit in seventh place.
They’ll again have a chance at victory tonight when they meet GWS Fury on Court 1; their Opens side up first at 7pm, followed by the Under 20s at 8:40pm.
Click here for Panthers’ team list.
Both the Opens and Under 20s sides sit in third place on their respective ladders – the seniors with four wins to their name, while their younger counterparts have five wins from seven appearances. The Under 20s sit behind second-placed UTS St George Sparks on goal differential, and will meet ERNA Hawks tonight at 7pm on the Show Court.
The Opens side also sits behind the Sparks, but by one game, and will look to maintain their position in the top three when they meet the Hawks at 8:40pm on the Show Court; meaning Stingrays fans who can’t make it to Netball Central can still catch all the action live via BarTV Sports – visit the Live Games tab at the top of the page.
Click here for Sutherland Stingrays’ team list.
UTS St George Sparks
Like the Stingrays, both their Opens and Under 20s sides sit in second place on their respective ladders – both with five wins from seven appearances, and both with impressive goal differential; the seniors have scored 353 goals so far this season, while their younger compatriots have 326 goals to their name.
Both will meet Manly Warringah Sapphires tonight on Court 2; the Opens up first at 7pm – a huge contest considering Sapphires’ unbeaten start to the season – before the Under 20s meet at 8:40pm.
Click here for UTS St George Sparks’ team list.