It will be teammate versus teammate with a couple familiar GIANTS faces taking the court tonight for the 2017 Samsung Premier League Preliminary Final between UTS St George Sparks up against ERNA Hawks.
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It’s a Preliminary Final double header tonight at Genea Netball Centre for the 2017 Samsung Premier League, with UTS St George Sparks going head-to-head with ERNA Hawks in both the Opens and Under 20s division.
While the Sparks have had the wood over the Hawks in the Opens division – claiming both their previous games by the same margin – it’s a different story in the Under 20s, with ERNA finishing on top in Rounds 7 and 14.
But Finals is a whole different game and with a spot up for grabs in the 2017 Grand Final, these teams will be doing everything in their powers to feature in the title deciders!
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PRELIMINARY FINAL: UTS St George Sparks v ERNA Hawks, 8.40pm
The Sparks fell short in last week’s Major Semi Final, with Manly Warringah Sapphires prevailing by two goals in a thrilling 60-minute contest. However after finishing Minor Premiers, UTS have a second chance at featuring in the title decider.
Standing in their way is the Hawks, who have done it the hard way after finishing in fourth place. But, as we’ve touched upon in recent weeks, the Opens Ladder was an incredibly tight finish; proving how even the competition has been this season.
In Sparks favour is the fact they’ve defeated the Hawks in both previous meetings, including their match-up two weeks ago for the final round of the regular season. But ERNA have shown when they’re on, they’re on – having defeated Grand Finalists Sapphires by an incredible 21 goals three weeks ago.
There will be a swath of talent on the court, with both sides boasting Suncorp Super Netball and Australian Netball League talent. And whatever happens, one thing is for certain … you do NOT want to miss tonight’s do-or-die final!
Major Semi Final | Manly Warringah Sapphires 56 d UTS St George Sparks 54
Minor Semi Final | ERNA Hawks 55 d Sutherland Stingrays 42
Preliminary Final | UTS St George Sparks v ERNA Hawks, 8.40pm WED 13 SEP
Grand Final | Manly Warringah Sapphires v Winner PF, 7.30pm WED 20 SEP
PRELIMINARY FINAL: UTS St George Sparks v ERNA Hawks, 7.00pm
Either Sparks or Hawks will meet the defending Champions Panthers in the 2017 Grand Final next Tuesday night; but which one is anyone’s guess with both sides evenly matched.
ERNA certainly have the upper hand having beaten UTS in both their previous meetings – first by two goals in Round 7, before upping the ante in Round 14 with an eight goal victory.
However the Sparks finished further up the ladder in second place, with an extra win under their belts to give them the advantage over fourth-placed Hawks. They’ll be looking to get back on the winner’s list after falling to the Panthers 41-48 in the Major Semi Final.
The Hawks on the other hand survived an absolute thriller against GWS Fury, withstanding a final quarter surge from their opponents to keep their season alive by one goal, 48-47. If tonight’s game goes down to the wire, do the Hawks have the edge having already survived a heart-in-mouth finish? We’ll find out tonight from 7pm!
Major Semi Final | Panthers 48 d UTS St George Sparks 41
Minor Semi Final | ERNA Hawks 48 d GWS Fury 47
Preliminary Final | UTS St George Sparks v ERNA Hawks, 7.00pm WED 13 SEP
Grand Final | Panthers v Winner PF, 7.30pm TUE 19 SEP