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Preview: Weekend National League Action

Local bragging rights, perfect winning records and league positions are just some of the things on the line this weekend as we take a look at this weekend’s club netball action.

Suncorp Super Netball League

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It’s a big weekend in Australia’s premier netball league as the top four are all competing against each other in the Suncorp Super Netball League. The league leaders West Coast Fever, host NSW Swifts while second placed Giants welcome the Queensland Firebirds.

West Coast Fever are the only unbeaten side that remain in the league. They will have a tough test against an in form NSW Swifts side this weekend. Last week the Swifts defeated the Giants in the NSW derby with Sophie Garbin and Helen Housby impressing yet again. Fever’s Jhaniele Fowler-Reid has already scored 167 goals in her opening three games with her new club and will be looking to add to that tally this weekend.

Elsewhere, the reigning champions Sunshine Coast Lightning, who have lost all three of their opening games this season, play the Collingwood Magpies. Lightning have picked up six bonus points in those three games but sit just below the Magpies in the table. Sharni Layton played very well last weekend for the Magpies in which they secured a 70-50 victory over the Adelaide Thunderbirds.

Keep up with the action by following @SuperNetball.

ANZ Premiership

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In New Zealand, WBOP Magic will host their first home game of the season when they welcome league leaders Central Pulse to Hamilton. Pulse have a 3-0 record so far this season and have some bright emerging talents that have been catching the eye.

One of which is seventeen year old shooter Tiana Metuarau who has been starting ahead of experienced Silver Fern Ameliaranne Ekenasio. Another shining light for Pulse has been eighteen year old Aliyah Dunn, who is the league’s top goal scorer.

Elsewhere, defending champions Southern Steel play fourth place Northern Mystics, while on Wednesday Northern Stars travel to Mainland Tactix.

International fans can live stream all the ANZ Premiership matches for free here.

Vitality Superleague

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League leaders Wasps could make it 12 wins from 12 with a win on Friday night against Surrey Storm. Wasps netball director Tamsin Greenway secured back to back titles with Surrey Storm in 2015 & 2016 as she now takes her current side to her former hunting ground in search of maintaining the perfect record.

Elsewhere, the battle to finish in the top four is heating up as Manchester Thunder, Team Bath and benecosMavericks are all tied on 24 points and all have home ties this weekend. Mavericks host the Dragons, Thunder welcome Severn Stars while Team Bath face Team Northumbria on Monday night.

Follow @NetballSL for the latest.

Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League

Credit – Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League

One of the standout games in South Africa’s Premier League this weekend is the Gauteng derby between reigning champions the Gauteng Jaguars and the Gauteng Golden Fireballs. After last weekend’s opening set of fixtures, both teams are tied with the same points with the Jaguars sitting at the top of the league and the Fireballs just behind in third on goal difference.

Keep up to date with the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League by following Netball South Africa on Twitter here.

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