BLUES AND PIRATES LOOK UNSTOPPABLE
Is there any stopping the Uni Blues?
From what we’ve seen so far this season, it seems not.
On the weekend the formidable Blues chalked up another clean sweep, and this time it was the Adelaide Storm on the receiving end.
Any team boasting talent of the calibre of Sloane, Walter and Hynes is always going to be tough to topple, which is why they sit at the top of the women’s league with a perfect record.
The only team who can boast a better record this season is the Queensland Pirates men’s team, who have just dropped one set this season compared to the Blues two.
On the weekend it was the turn of the Oceania Orcas to feel the sharp side of the Pirates’ cutlass, losing 3-0 twice.
In other results, the Oceania Orcas women’s team chalked up two impressive 5-set wins over the Queensland Pirates to keep themselves in the mix for the end-of-season playoffs.
The Canberra Heat and UTSSU had an arm wrestle in the national capital, with UTSSU taking the opening encounter 3-1, before the Heat bounced back to take game two 3-0.
The Heat look to have done enough to make this season’s finals, currently sitting second behind the Pirates, while UTSSU is currently seventh but just one win out of fourth in a ladder logjam involving Uni Blues (fourth, 12 points), WA Hornets (fifth, 11 points), VVA Vultures (sixth, 10 points) and UTSSU (seventh, nine points).
Underlining the evenness of the competition, the Vultures and the Hornets split the points on the weekend, WA winning the opening match 3-0, before the Vultures turned up the heat on their home court to take the second match, 3-1.
Uni Blues took the wind out of the sails of third-placed Adelaide Storm with two 3-1 wins.
The top three look relatively secure in the women’s competition, with the Canberra Heat (16 points) and UTSSU (16 points) both sitting behind runaway ladder leader, Uni Blues, on 24 points.
Oceania Orcas currently sit fourth on 12 points, but have played one extra game then fifth placed Adelaide Storm, on eight points.
The Orcas have a bye this weekend, while the Storm will be looking to make up some ground when they travel to Victoria to take on the Vultures.
The Canberra Heat sent out a pre-finals warning to UTSSU on the weekend, with two 3-1 wins in the ACT, while the VVA Vultures came out on top on a hard-fought weekend against the WA Pearls, winning both matches 3-2.