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Noogies v Big M should be a thriller


PLENTY of action looms in the final round-robin games in the men’s netball competition tomorrow night in the YMCA — and one of the best matches so far will be on the cards.

The unbeaten Noogies take on Big M at 5.45pm tomorrow in what should be a thriller.

“The Noogies are unbeaten and face a Big M side who had their unbeaten run broken last week by Uawa,” said netball commentator Sherrill Beale.

“The Noogies beat Uawa by just one goal, so I am expecting the match, the opening game tomorrow night, to be a close contest.”

Beale said the men’s competition had been extremely successful to date.

“The atmosphere at the YMCA is very positive.

“There’s always lots of cheering, laughing and bantering between players and spectators,” Beale said.

“It is really entertaining.”

Noogies player-manager Shane Luke said the competition had been really good.

“Our team was started up for some fitness, but as it has gone along we’ve found it has become quite competitive — in a positive way.

“The boys have been really enjoying getting together every week to play some netball,” Luke said.

“There are not many of us who know all the rules, but having a men’s league has given us the opportunity to learn about the game by playing it.

“We are learning as we go, and everyone’s having a load of fun.

“I know we are — and it feels pretty cool to be unbeaten.”

The men will play their final round-robin games ahead of the final games next week.

In the other matches tomorrow night, at 6.45pm Uawa play The Joops, and at 7.45pm BDPC take on LHS.

The Noogies lead the points table on 16, then Uawa 13, Big M 12, BDPC 5, LHS and The Joops 2 points.

In next Thursday’s final the first placed team will play the second to decide the men’s championship, third will play fourth, and fifth will play sixth.

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