Premier netball upsets possible, but not likely

Last updated 05:00 12/06/2014

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The top three teams in Taranaki premier one netball will all be expecting a win tonight when they match up against the bottom three.

Points leaders Inglewood will have the hardest game, on paper, when they play fourth placed Naumai at 8pm at the TSB Stadium.

However, the last time they played each other Inglewood easily won 58-32.

Inglewood, who are coming off a close 40-38 win over New Plymouth Old Boys last week, have only lost one game this season and sit on 22 points, three clear of Tysons and NPOB on 19.

The top three sides are well ahead of the bottom three with Naumai the closest on nine points, Sacred Heart on seven and Raukura on one.

Second-placed Tysons will play Sacred Heart and NPOB will play bottom-of-the-table Raukura, at 6.30pm at the stadium.

Netball Taranaki general manager Steve Roberts said while most would expect the top three teams to secure easy wins, there was plenty of potential for an upset.

"It's a mixed bag of games this week," he said.

"Some of the teams at the bottom have been playing well, so I wouldn't be surprised if there was an upset."

Upsets might not be that easy when you look at results from round four when the teams last matched up.

In the other results that night, Tysons carved through Sacred Heart 67-29 and NPOB easily beat Raukura 52-35.

AT A GLANCE

Premier one
TSB Stadium, New Plymouth
6.30pm – NPOB v Raukura
6.30pm – Sacred Heart v Tysons
8pm – Inglewood v Naumai

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