7th April 2017
NEM Hawks host Warrington Wolves on Sunday in a huge game at the top of Mens’ Super-8.
Wolves head the table ahead of Hawks on goal difference, and have played a match less than their North-West rivals. Victory for Wolves at Oldham would see them confirmed as champions. However, if Hawks win the title race will be thrown wide open.
Ahead of the match Hawks coach Donna Hankinson said: “We are excited for the match and to be in this position is a bit of a shock for us all, this is only our second season in Super 8.
"The target for us at the start of the season was to finish sixth. Of course we have reviewed this as the season has gone on and set the target as European qualification. Four points from the two matches remaining would guarantee that – therefore I feel the pressure isn’t with us on Sunday all of the pressure and expectation is with Warrington Wolves.
“For me the emphasis is on how we perform and getting used to the experience of playing in pressurised matches because we are still inexperienced at this level. We are just excited to be hosting the mighty Wolves team.”
Wolves coach Bill Baillie said: “This is a Northern derby and we are pleased to have two Northern teams at the top. The destiny of this year’s Super-8 title could be decided this weekend.
“What is clear is this is a must win game for Hawks to stay in the hunt. We are looking forward to another tough game.”
Throw-off is at 12.30.
Fourth plays third when Cambridge and Olympia meet at the Copper Box on Saturday. Cambridge know a win would see them leapfrog Olympia in third spot. London side Olympia will be looking to claim maximum points and open up a gap between them and the teams below them. Olympia are in sparkling form, unbeaten in six matches, a run that includes five wins. Cambridge have won two and drawn one of their last three matches. Throw-off is at 14.30, following the Women's Super-7 match between the two clubs at 12.30.
London GD could climb to fourth if they beat bottom side Coventry Sharks at Aldersley Village on Sunday, and Cambridge lose. Coventry go into the match searching for their first victory of the campaign. Defending champions GD will be bidding for maximum points after seeing a three-match winning run come to a halt against Wolves. Throw-off is at 15.30 and is part of a great double bill with the Women’s Super-7 match between the two teams throwing off at 13.30.
West London Eagles host Nottingham, with both sides looking to end losing runs. Eagles have lost their last five matches, while Nottingham have not won in three matches, and have just two victories all season. Throw-off at Sporthouse on Sunday is at 15.00 and is preceded by the Womens’ Super-7 match between Eagles and London Angels.
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