Mens Seniors – with the round games completed, the Neptunes 50s team is leading the way and go into the semis undefeated against the Knights 60s boys looking to cause an upset and really shake up the mens seniors division. And in the other semi the Knights 50s (2nd) will do battle with the Redbacks 50s for a spot in the grand final. Can the Knights 50s and 60s force an all Newcastle grand final, or will one or both the Neptunes and Redbacks win their way into the grand final? It’s anyone division ripe for the taking after a number of tight round games! The semis tap off at 9:10am, and then a 11:10am Grand Final.
Womens Seniors – the Mudcrabs 30s ladies are the current ladder leaders after going through the first 3 rounds undefeated. Followed by the Redbacks 30s and Knights 40s. The Redbacks 40s, Pirahnas 30s and Knights 45s will be looking to make up some ground before the teams split into Grand Finals in Womens 30s for the top two 30s teams, and a grand final for the Womens 40s/45s. Both grand finals are at 12:30pm Sunday. With two round games to be played Sunday morning, both of these divisions are wide open for someone to step up and make Sunday their day.
Mens 40s – the mens 40s is a close division with 3 teams on equal points at the top of the ladder after 4 games today, all winning 3 games and dropping one. The Wolves are on top on for and against, ahead of the Redbacks and the Knights. These three teams are closely followed by the Neptunes just 2 points adrift. The Mudcrabs (Mudgee) and the Devils (Dubbo) are still in contention, with a battle of the western affiliates at 8:00 tomorrow morning, with the winner putting pressure on the Neptunes for a spot in the semi finals. The Redbacks and the Wolves will be doing battle at the same time as the Knights and the Neptunes for their final round games. Semi finals for the top 4 teams will be at 9:50am, and then the big dance at 11:50am. Can one of the western affiliates muscle their way into the finals and push the boys from the coast? Will the Wolves stay on top and take out the title?
Mens 20/Opens/30s – the Knights open mens are sitting on top of the ladder after 4 rounds, closely pursued by the young Wolves 20s, only trailing on for and against. The final round game sees the two ladder leaders face off at 8am Sunday to see who takes bragging rights as the top team after the preliminary rounds. The Redbacks 20s sit in 3rd spot, equal with the Wolves over 30s mens team, then the Dragons 20s and then a very young Knights 20s that are waiting for some fresh legs to arrive on Sunday ready for the semis. The Knights Mens Opens will do battle with the Wolves Mens 30s at 9:50am in what will be these teams final match. The mens 20s semis are at 9:50am and the grand final at 11:50am. We’re looking forward to seeing some quality touch played in the 20s finals, with a number of players backing up for NYC next week, its a great opportunity to put some form on the board!
Womens 20s/Opens – the Knights Women’s Opens sit on top of the table, undefeated after 4 rounds today, which having drawn the bye tomorrow morning sees them through to the grand final at 1:10pm. The Wolves and Bandits are in a tussle for 2nd and 3rd, due to faceoff in a semi final at 10:30am after playing their final round games at 8:35am. The young ladies from the Knights a d then the Redbacks are fighting hard and will play their grand final 10:30am tomorrow, after final rounds games against the opens girls teams. Both grand finals will see some of our regions best Women’s players go toe to toe in a high quality finals series.
Mixed Opens/Seniors- the Wolves sit on top of the table in this division also with 3 wins and a draw and will be difficult to catch given they have the bye in the morning, and already have a significant points differential. Followed by the Bandits, Redbacks and Knights. The reigning NSW State Cup Champion senior mixed crew from the Knights are also performing admirably, giving away close to 20 years on their counterparts. Whilst the semi final contestants are already determined, final round games at 9:10am will determine who plays who in a tightly contested division. Semi finals in the mixed opens division begin at 11:10am, with the Grand Final at 1:10pm. Should be a cracking finals series!
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