ACTION PACKED WEEK 5 OF ANL AHEAD

Nine of the 11 teams are in action during Week 5 of the Australian Netball League, which kicks off at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Friday afternoon between the NNSW Blues and QLD Fusion from 3.00pm.

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The league leading AIS play just the once this weekend when they line up against ACT rivals, the Canberra Darters, on Friday evening as the undefeated Victorian Fury eye top spot when they contest three games in week five.

Despite trailing the AIS by two points, the Fury have three games in hand and will have the chance to claim first place with games against QLD Fusion and Territory Storm on Saturday and Sunday, followed by the first Victorian derby on Wednesday night in Melbourne.

The winless Canberra Darters and Territory Storm will be out to claim a maiden victory for the season when the two sides playoff in the last game on Saturday night. The Darters have never beaten the Storm in five previous encounters, including a narrow five-goal loss the last time the two sides met in Week 6 last year.

The Fusion and Flames, equal on eight points each, both contest three games this week and will be going out with the aim of giving their Finals Series hopes, in particular when the two sides line up on Sunday afternoon, with limited games remaining this season.

The Waratahs, who sit two points behind four teams level in second with eight points, have two big games against the Sting and Darters on Friday and Sunday, respectively, giving them Saturday to recover before another important match.

The QLD Fusion, Western Sting, Victorian Fury, Victorian Flames and Territory Storm have the bye.

Week 5 Fixture:

Friday 2 August

NNSW Blues v QLD Fusion
AIS Arena, Canberra
3.00PM

Victorian Flames v Western Sting
AIS Arena, Canberra
5.00pm

Canberra Darters v AIS
AIS Arena, Canberra
7.00pm

Saturday 3 August

NNSW Waratahs v Western Sting
AIS Arena, Canberra
3.00PM

QLD Fusion v Victorian Fury
AIS Arena, Canberra
5.00pm

Territory Storm v Canberra Darters
AIS Arena, Canberra
7.00pm

Sunday 4 August

Western Sting v NNSW Blues
AIS Arena, Canberra
10.00am

Territory Storm v Victorian Fury
AIS Arena, Canberra
12.00pm

Victorian Flames v QLD Fusion
AIS Arena, Canberra
2.00pm

Canberra Darters v NNSW Waratahs
AIS Arena, Canberra
4.00pm

Wednesday 7 August

Victorian Flames v Victorian Fury
State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
7.00pm

Byes
Tassie Spirit
Southern Force