Wet weather has wreaked havoc on Newcastle’s state title defence in Gosford according to first-year coach Babette Armstrong.
Approaching the third and final day of Netball NSW competition on Monday, reigning champions Newcastle had an 8-3 win-loss record and were placed sixth on the ladder with five matches remaining.
Unbeaten leaders Manly-Warringah (12-0), including Hunter trio Tianna Cummings and the Grayson sisters Kellyann and Karlee, were three wins clear of nearest rivals Wyong (9-1, 1 draw), Lismore (9-2, 1 draw) and Gosford (9-2). Charlestown (8-2, 2 draws) is fifth.
Newcastle went down to Manly (19-13) and Wyong (18-15) on Saturday. They were edged out by Charlestown (12-11) in Sunday’s last round game.
“The wet weather has made it very tough,” Armstrong said.
“We normally play a very fast, up-tempo game but we haven’t been able to because it’s just so slippery.”
Kimberly Williams was named players’ player on Saturday.
Newcastle’s biggest test on Monday will be fourth-placed hosts Gosford (11am).
In the under-17 division, Newcastle (9-3) sit fourth with six encounters left including frontrunners Manly.