Round 7 VNL action

The three divisions of the Victorian Netball League will host some interesting games in Round 7, with close matches predicted right across the league.



Geelong Cougars suffered their first loss of the season last week to the Boroondara Express, and will look to bounce back when they take on Melbourne University Lightning this round.

The midcourt contest will be fierce, with Vixens Training Partners, Kelsie Rainbow (playing for the Lightning) and Tayla Honey (playing for Geelong) going head-to-head.

Round 7 will also host the 2016 minor semi-final rematch between the Boroondara Express and DC North East Blaze.

The Blaze were victors in the semi-final, defeated the Express 49 – 35, and currently sit in second position on the ladder with just one loss for the season, while Boroondara sit fifth with four wins.


Division One

There will be another 2016 finals rematch in Round 7, between 2016 Division One Preliminary Finalists Boroondara Express and DC North East Blaze.

Although sitting on opposite ends of the ladder this season, with the Blaze undefeated in first position and the Express yet to secure a win for the season, tensions will run high, when the Blaze out to make amends for last year’s loss.

Another close game is expected when the Ariels and Monash University Storm meet in a fifth v sixth match. The two teams last met in Round 13 2016, with the Storm eight-goal winners.



Round 7 of the 19/U division will finish with two points critical matches, with Melbourne University Lightning taking on the Geelong Cougars, and ACU Sovereigns playing the Wilson Storage Southern Saints.

The Lightning and Cougars sit second and third on the ladder, both with five wins, equal with top-of-the-ladder City West Falcons.

A win for either team could see them claim top-spot.

The second match where teams will be playing extra hard for the win features the Sovereigns and Saints, who sit at the other end of the ladder in ninth and tenth. The Sovereigns have one win for the season, while the Saints are yet to record a win in 2017.