WITH the Bathurst Netball Association A grade premiership reaching its halfway point on Saturday, it is shaping as a three-way battle for 2017 honours.
After seven rounds Panthers A, Bulldogs Verdelho and Collegians Mystified have all dropped just one match.
A superior percentage has the Michael Germech coached Bulldogs on top, while Panthers A holds second just ahead of Collegians thanks to having the best attacking record thus far.
“Obviously those are the three teams that are going to be competing in the finals, plus one other, but I guess that is what we expected looking at the players in all the teams,” Germech said.
“It really will be a competition between those three teams, but it’s close enough that anyone can take it out really.”
Bulldogs moved to the top of the ladder on Saturday after being the first side this season to defeat Collegians, posting a 45-21 victory.
“They’re a bit younger and they’ve come up from A reserve last year. They’re obviously a very talented bunch and are playing really well,” Germech said of his rivals.
“But I think the fact we’ve got it at either end of the court was certainly a factor. They’ve got tall players as well, but we are just a bit more experienced I think.
“It was tighter in the first half, but we pulled away a bit in the second. It [final margin] didn’t seem like that much, I think the scoreline probably flattered us and I think Collegians certainly played well, they just didn’t manage to score as many goals off their entries into the circle as we did.”