4th November 2016

Under-18 competition: Teams face key fixtures

 The under-18 competition returns on Sunday 6 November with fixtures at four venues.  

At the Bay Hub in Gosport the South Group 3 boy’s and girl’s South Group 2 are in action.  

In the boys’ competition Poole Phoenix head the table on eight points. However, Somerset Spartans and Eastleigh sit just one and two points behind respectively. The top two teams progress through to Southern play-offs, while the bottom will go through to the third-tier play-offs.  

The Girl’s South Group 2 is equally close. Phoenix are top on nine points, with Somerset and Stroud on eight points. The top four qualify for the Southern play-offs, while the top two gain home advantage. Poole, Phoenix and Stroud play at the Bay Hub, while the other Group 2 teams Olympia, London Angels and Islington play at Stoke Mandeville.  Olympia, London Angels and Islington will play at Stoke Mandeville. Olympia on five point have their eyes on the last qualification spot.  

At the Copper Box Cambridge, Ealing, Coventry and Hackney could all could top the table in the girl’s South Group 1. Cambridge currently head the standings on 10 points, two ahead of Ealing. Coventry are a further point adrift, having played a game less, while Hackney have six points from two matches.   

The boy’s South Group 1 also play at the Copper Box. Carshalton Titans and Oly Cats 2 are in the Southern play-offs. Hackney GD, Brighton, and London Lions, who all have two points, will by vying to join them.  

At Stoke Mandeville, in the boy’s South Group 2 Oly Cats 1 and Ealing are level at the top on six points and play each other in a match that could ultimately decide top spot. Islington, Olympia and Whitmore all all still have a chance of qualifying.  

At Northgate arena in the boy’s North competition, last year’s winners NEM Hawks will be hoping to maintain their 100% record. Manchester, Nottingham B, Deva and Cannock will be looking to put pressure on current fourth-place team Peninsula.   

In the girls North League leaders Warrington Wolves play NEM Hawks last year’s winners, as well as Manchester in a later game. Manchester also play Peninsula and Nottingham in a busy weekend. Cannock, like Wolves, also have a 100% record so far this season. They play just one match on Sunday, against Nottingham, but face Hawks and Wolves at Sutton Bonnington next month.

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