NPL results to be concluded this weekend

Taken during the NPL Season Opener at the David Ross Sports Village, Nottingham, England on 11th December 2021.

The Netball Performance League (NPL) competition enters its final rounds this weekend with all teams playing their fixtures at The University of Nottingham. 

The final standings for the U17, U19, and U21 competitions will be decided based on the upcoming results. 

Consisting of nine Vitality Netball Superleague franchises and one invited team, the NPL provides young athletes with a high-performance environment and regular matches to display and develop their performance and knowledge of the sport.

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Read more to see what’s in store for the final stages of each competition this weekend…

 

NPL U17 

In the first stage of this competition, participating teams were split into two groups. Each team within their group played each other once throughout the season and the results from these groups will decide who they face in the Final Round on Sunday 10 April. 

All teams still have one more game to play on Saturday 9 April to conclude the League, with there still being plenty to decide on the table.

Competing for the top spot are Manchester Thunder and London Pulse. Thunder are currently top in their group on 20 points after winning four from four with a 1.62 goal average. Pulse have also enjoyed a positive group stage, only losing once to Surrey Storm in a Round 4 nail-biter, which ended 52-51. 

Aiming for third are Leeds Rhinos and Surrey Storm. Group A side Rhinos have had a high-scoring season, they put away 74 goals in their Round 6 clash against Wasps and have not scored less than 50 goals in a match this year. 

Surrey Storm also displayed dominance in their group and they too have only lost one fixture this season, being edged out 42-44 by Saracens Mavericks in their Round 7 meeting.

Saturday’s Round 9 fixtures will conclude NPL U17 league standings, with the winners being announced on that day.

 

Finals

Sunday 10th April will see a day of play-offs. The team that finishes first in Group A will face the first-placed side from Group B, the second-placed side from Group A will face the second-placed team from Group B, etc. The winners will be decided in a final on Sunday at 17:45.

 

U17 Fixtures

09/04/2022 

13:30 – North East v Severn Stars

13:30 – Loughborough Lightning v Team Bath 

15:15 – Wasps v Saracens Mavericks

15:15 – Leeds Rhinos v Surrey Storm 

15:15 – Manchester Thunder v London Pulse

 

Finals

10/04/2022

09:00 – 5th Place v 6th Place 

09:00 – 8th Place v 9th Place 

10:45 – 1st Place v 4th Place

10:45 – 2nd Place v 3rd Place

12:30 – 5th Place v 7th Place

12:30 – 8th Place v 10th Place

16:00 – 6th Place v 7th Place

16:00 – 9th Place v 10th Place

17:45 – Loser of Semi-Final 1 v Loser of Semi-Final 2

17:45 – Winner of Semi-Final 1 v Winner of Semi-Final 2

 

Results for the U17 competition can be found here.    

 

NPL U19 

All in with a shot of taking first place in the NPL U19 league are Manchester Thunder, Wasps, and Surrey Storm. Thunder are favourites to take the top spot, they are currently sat at the top of the table with 36 points.

However, a five or more goal loss in their fixture against Severn Stars and a high-scoring result for Wasps or Storm could jeopardise their hopes of securing the top spot. 

Wasps, Surrey Storm and Saracens Mavericks are all in with a chance of taking third place in the league, depending on the outcome of their matches.Saturday morning’s games will see the results of the league decided, with the winners being crowned on the day. 

 

Finals

Based on the final standings of the league, the top four teams will face off on Saturday evening in the first part of the finals round, the outcome of these fixtures will determine who will make the grand final on Sunday 10 April at 14:15. After which, the winners of the finals will also be awarded with a title. 

Sunday will also see the remaining teams in the league play for places 5 to 10. 

U19 Fixtures

09/04/2022

11:45 – Team Bath v London Pulse

11:45 – Manchester Thunder v Severn Stars 

11:45 – Leeds Rhinos v Loughborough Lightning

13:30 – Saracens Mavericks v North East

13:30 – Surrey Storm v Wasps

 

Finals 

09/04/2022

17:00 – 1st Place v 4th Place

17:00 – 8th Place v 9th Place 

18:45 – 2nd Place v 3rd Place

18:45 – 5th Place v 6th Place 

 

10/04/2022

10:45 – 6th Place v 7th Place

10:45 – 9th Place v 10th Place

14:15 – 5th Place v 7th Place 

14:15 – 8th Place v 10th Place

14:15 – Loser of Semi-Final 1 v Loser of Semi-Final 2

14:15 – Winner of Semi-Final 1 v Winner of Semi-Final 2

Results for the U19 competition can be found here.

 

    

NPL U21 

Aiming for first place in the U21 competition are Manchester Thunder and London Pulse. Thunder are currently sitting on top of the table with 37 points, closely followed by Pulse on 36.

Both sides are evenly matched with seven wins and one loss, so they have all to play for in their final round on Saturday.

All in with a shot of sweeping third place are Leeds Rhinos, Loughborough Lightning, and Team Bath. 

Rhinos, who have won four and lost four, are currently sitting fifth in the table with 27 points, ahead of them are Lightning on 28 points, and currently third in the table are Team Bath with 29 points.

With such a narrow margin between these sides, this Saturday’s Round 9 fixtures will determine who takes third place in the league. 

 

Finals

Based on the league’s final standings, the top four teams will then enter a finals round, beginning on Saturday evening, to determine who will make the grand final on Sunday. 

The remaining sides will face-off on Sunday to decide the positions 5 to 10, before the day culminates in the final which will be held at 16:00 to conclude first to fourth place.

After which, the winners will be awarded the title. 

 

U21 Fixtures

09/04/2022

10:00 – Surrey Storm v Wasps 

10:00 – Manchester Thunder v Severn Stars  

10:00 – Leeds Rhinos v Loughborough Lightning 

10:00 – Saracens Mavericks v North East

11:45 – Team Bath v London Pulse 

 

Finals Round 1

09/04/2022

15:15 – 5th Place v 6th Place

17:00 – 1st Place v 4th Place

17:00 – 8th Place v 9th Place 

18:45 – 2nd Place v 3rd Place 

 

Finals Round 2

10/04/2022

09:00 – 5th Place v 7th Place

09:00 – 8th Place v 10th Place 

12:30 – 6th Place v 7th Place 

12:30 – 9th Place v 10th Place

16:00 – Loser of Semi-Final 1 v Loser of Semi-Final 2

16:00 – Winner of Semi-Final 1 v Winner of Semi-Final 2

Results for the U21 competition can be found here

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