The final round of the 2017 National Water Polo League delivered some of the best fought contests seen this season, as teams stopped at nothing to secure their spot in the Finals Series.
See below for final standings.
Sydney University Lions have, as expected taken the double header, topping both the Men’s and Women’s tables leading into the finals.
In the Men’s competition, the ACU Cronulla Sharks will join the Sydney Uni Lions with a guaranteed spot in the semi finals, and the Sydney Uni Women’s team will be joined by the Queensland Breakers as immediate Semi Finalists.
In the Women’s competition it came down to the wire to decide who made it into the finals this year. The win to Cronulla Sharks over the UNSW Wests, and a win for the Sydney University Lions over the Balmain Tigers meant a level total of 53 for both the Tigers and the Wests. This ended up being a truly crushing result for the Wests as spelt the end their 2017 season, narrowly missing out on the finals due to goal difference.
All four clubs will play their next games on Saturday 8 April – semi finals start from 1:00pm – with their opponents to be decided in the Elimination Finals held on Friday 7 April.
A busy week ahead for all of our 2017 finalists, we can’t wait to see competition commence this Friday 2pm at Pymble Ladies College Aquatic Centre – doors open at 1:30pm, schedule of games as follows:
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
2pm Elimination Final No 2
Men – Brisbane Baracudas v UWA Torpedoes
3:30pm Elimination Final No1
Women – Fremantle Marlins v UTS Balmain Tigers
5:pm Elimination Final No 2
Women – ACU Cronulla Sharks v Brisbane Barracudas
6:30pm Elimination Final No 1
Men – UNSW West Magpies v Drummoyne Devils
SATURDAY 8 APRIL 2017
10:00 5/6 Classification Game – Losers of Elimination Finals – Men
11:30 5/6 Classification Game – Losers of Elimination Finals – Women
13:00 Women Semi Final No 1 – Sydney University Lions v lowest ranked winner Elimination Finals
14:30 Women Semi Final No 2 – Queensland Breakers v highest ranked winner Elimination Finals
16:00 Men Semi Final No 1 – Sydney University Lions v lowest ranked winner Elimination Finals
17:30 Men Semi Final No 2 – ACU Cronulla Sharks v highest ranked winner Elimination Finals – Men
SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017
9:45 3rd/4th Classification Match – Bronze Medal – Losers of Semi Finals – Men
11:15 3rd/4th Classification Match – Bronze Medal – Losers of Semi Finals – Women
13:00 NWPL Women’s Grand Final XIV
14:30 Women’s Presentation Ceremony
15:00 NWPL Men’s Grand Final XXVIII
16:30 Men’s Presentation Ceremony
NWPL FINALS GUIDE – click here.
FINAL STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 12
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