SFL YMCA MONASH Netball Ignites!
With just three rounds of netball remaining before the SFL YMCA Monash Netball Finals, all teams take a well earned break over the next two weekends. We take a look at how the finals are looking for the prime contenders...
In Division 1, Dingley have taken all before them so far this season and remain undefeated after nine rounds. Similar to last season, Dingley have again been the powerhouse of the competition, and have unfinished business after winning every game last season before falling at the final hurdle and losing to Heatherton in the Grand Final.
Bentleigh sit second on the ladder with 6 wins and 3 losses, and on their day are as good as anyone. Following a debut season last year where they experienced mixed results, Bentleigh has surprised many with their polished use of the ball and quick movement.
Heatherton lurk in third place with 5 wins and 4 losses, but they have been to the big dance before and have held the cup aloft, and if they're thereabouts come finals time, their opposition will be very mindful of what they can produce. History tells us this team is more than capable of finding peak form at the right time!
Sitting fourth on 4 wins is St Pauls. Ever-consistent, St Pauls is a danger team with very dangerous players. Their ball movement really catches the eye and they will remain a formidable foe for any opposition come finals time.
St Kilda City and Mordialloc each sit on 3 wins, and both will be pushing for finals. In just the first season for both teams, both have impressed and show the evenness of the competition by sitting just 1 win away from St Pauls.
In Division 2, Dingley again looks the side to beat sitting atop the ladder on 8 wins, having lost just the one game very early in the season to St Kilda City. If they maintain their current form, they will be very difficult to stop.
Carrum Patterson Lakes sit second and have really impressed in their first season. Disciplined and well organised, CPL dabbled with the prospect of being a Division 1 team before finding its place in Division 2, a place it seems more than comfortable with. Look out for CPL come finals.
St Kilda City sit in 3rd place with 5 wins, and could definitely threaten come finals time. City seems to be winning the ones it should win, but needs a good scalp to really threaten and throw a cat amongst the pigeons.
Clayton and Black Rock sit on 4 and 3 wins respectively, and Black Rock in particular in their first season have impressed. Mordialloc sit in 6th place on 1 win, having accounted for Hampton earlier in the season (who were since relegated), but seem to be getting more and more competitive each week and are not far away from another win.
Division 3 is very even and it's anyone's guess as to who will take out the premiership. Bentleigh sits on top of the ladder with 7 wins and 2 losses, but have not lost a game since May and seem to be building to something special.
Hidden Grove are living up to their name and quietly getting the job done in second place. The team that joined the competition to avoid a bye and give more players a chance to play have impressed all with their slick ball movement, well-honed structures and damaging passing.
Lyndale remain poised to strike in third place on six wins (equal to Hidden Grove), and with a healthy percentage after putting some lower teams to the sword.
Cheltenham on 5 wins and Dingley on 4 remain in the hunt also, whilst Hampton (2 wins) have been far from disgraced and have been decidedly unlucky not to sneak some more wins along the way. Indeed, Hampton have been the 'North Melbourne' of the competition, commonly getting so close to winning but not quite able to close out games.
Mount Waverley and Mordialloc each sit on one win, and both have had great bursts of play, but not the consistency required for finals netball at this stage.
The SFL wishes all netballers a safe and happy break before the rounds begin again on July 20!