Crucial double header weekend in ANL

_MCA6907LThe 2014 Australian Netball League season reaches the half-way point this weekend with two cities hosting crucial matches that will help to shape the look of the top four.

Semi-final contenders the Netball NSW Waratahs, Western Sting and QLD Fusion will be in action at Brisbane’s Ormiston College tonight and over the weekend – along with the Territory Storm – as they look to keep in touch with ladder leaders the Victorian Fury and Southern Force.

Week 4 action begins tonight with the Fusion taking on the Waratahs from 7.00pm. The hosts will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak against their New South Wales rivals.

The Fusion’s two victories against the Waratahs have both been by a goal.

The Fusion and Sting meet in a crucial game on Saturday afternoon with the West Australians looking to square up the ledger at four wins apiece in head-to-head matches against their Queensland rivals.

The Fusion took the points in their encounter last season 60-59 but the Sting had won the three previous matches and will be eager to consolidate their spot inside the top four by the end of the weekend. That match will be followed by the match between the Storm and Waratahs.

Sunday’s action sees the Fusion taking on the Storm followed by the anticipated clash between the Sting and Waratahs. The last two matches between these two sides have been one-goal results, including the 2012 Semi-Final, won by the Waratahs.

_MCA7301LThe Sting has only beaten the Waratahs once in seven previous encounters, by four goals back in 2009, and with both sides having the bye in Week 5, respective coaches Stacey Rosman (Sting) and Anita Keelan (Waratahs) will be keen to return home with valuable points from the weekend.

Hobart’s Aurora Stadium is the venue for a crucial game between the Tassie Spirit and Victorian Flames with both sides looking to stay in touch with the top four.

The one-off match in the Tasmanian capital completes Week 4 action on Sunday afternoon.

The Flames toppled the Spirit in their only previous encounter, 56-42, in Melbourne last year. Both teams currently sit on two wins but the Spirit have a game in hand on the Flames.

Week Four Fixtures:

QLD Fusion v Netball NSW Waratahs
Friday 25 July, 7.00pm
Ormiston College Somerset Sports Centre, Brisbane

QLD Fusion v Western Sting
Saturday 26 July, 4.30pm
Ormiston College Somerset Sports Centre, Brisbane

Territory Storm v Netball NSW Waratahs
Saturday 26 July, 6.30pm
Ormiston College Somerset Sports Centre, Brisbane

QLD Fusion v Territory Storm
Sunday 27 July, 10.00am
Ormiston College Somerset Sports Centre, Brisbane

Netball NSW Waratahs v Western Sting
Sunday 27 July, 12.00pm
Ormiston College Somerset Sports Centre, Brisbane

Tassie Spirit v Victorian Flames
Sunday 27 July, 12.00pm
Aurora Stadium, Hobart

Canberra Darters
Netball NSW Blues
Southern Force
Victorian Fury