Countdown to the National Water Polo League Finals it on and competition is red hot as teams put it all on the line to qualify. With so many scenarios set to impact who makes it through and who will narrowly miss out, the final round the National Water Polo League has never been so important.
Sydney Uni Lions look set to take out the double line honours as minor premiers for both the Men’s and Women’s competitions – currently the Club tops the two NWPL ladders heading into the final round.
With one week to go, the Men’s competition in particular is very tight between the top six sides. While Sydney Uni Lions are currently topping the ladder, there are just 13 points separating the top 6.
Critical matches in the final round that will determine the placings heading into the National Water Polo League Finals Series include:
Sydney Uni – are set to play Drummoyne (at home) and Balmain (at home)
ACU Cronulla Sharks – play Drummoyne (away) and Wests (at home)
UNSW Wests Magpies – play Balmain (at home) and Cronulla (away).
The top two positions and minor premiership won’t be known until the last two games are played on Sunday, 12:30pm Sutherland Pool – Cronulla v Wests and Peter Montgomery Pool 3:15pm Sydney University v Balmain.
The Women’s competition paints quite a different picture with the Sydney Uni Lions a clear 16 points ahead of the current second placed team, the Fremantle Marlins, despite having played one less game. This does not for a moment mean that we will not have exciting games coming up in the women’s competition this weekend, as it will be down to the final two games of the season on Sunday 2 April to decide the second team that go straight through to the semifinals, but also to confirm which of the top six teams will go through to the Finals series.
The games being played on Sunday that will finish of the final round:
11:00am Sutherland Pool – Cronulla v Wests and
2:00pm Peter Montgomery Pool – Sydney University v Balmain.
Congratulations to the Sydney University Lions who with one round to go are certain to take out the Peter Kerr Trophy for the NWPL Club Championship – see competition table below after round 11 – check out the website, click here.
Grand Final Weekend – Thursday April 6th – Sunday April 9 at Pymble Ladies College, Avon Road, Pymble.
Tickets available at the Door $10 Adult and $5 Children (5-18 years) under 5 free.