Round Reports



Round 9 saw numerous tight contests with the 2017 Finals just around the corner.

Find below highlights, full results, and ladders of each division. For more photos and videos, check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

A different lineup for the Southern Seahawks still managed to assert their dominance over Northern Lightning with a 29 goal win, 69-40, helped by strong targets in their goal circle recording their second highest score of the season (second to their 82-47 defeat of Lightning in Round 4). Meanwhile Melbourne City Blackhawks got off to a great start against Western Thunder and consolidated this in the 2nd quarter. However in the 3rd Thunder were able to reign in the lead but the momentum swung again as Blackhawks pulled away in the final quarter, winning 61-50. Blackhawks face a tough opponent next round in the undefeated Bayside Bobcats, a win guaranteeing them a 2nd spot finish.

  • Southern Seahawks 69 def Northern Lightning 40
  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 61 def Western Thunder 50
  • Bye: Bayside Bobcats

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Premier Mixed

In the match of the round, Eastside Sonics’ 5 match winning streak came to an end as they drew with Western Tigers. Sonics led for the first half, however Tigers were able to pull it back and take the lead in the final quarter. With seconds remaining, Sonics were able to force the turnover in Tigers goal circle and quickly find their solid target down the other end of the court, managing to draw the game before the buzzer sounded. Despite the draw, Tigers have now climbed into the top 4 for the first time and are serious finals contenders. Reigning champions, Parkville Panthers, remained undefeated with a dominant 55 goal win, 77-22, over a depleted Bayside Braves lineup who were missing some of their core playing group. Meanwhile Melbourne City Blackhawks have kept their finals hopes alive with a 16 goal defeat of Southern Stars 50-34, while City West Falcons drops out of the top 4 for the first time since Round 1, as they suffered a 10 goal defeat at the hands of Bayside Blazes, 64-54. With mathematically 7 teams able to make finals and the top 6 teams all playing each other next round, the Premier Mixed division ladder looks set to go down to the wire.

  • Eastside Sonics 63 drew with Western Tigers 63
  • Parkville Panthers 77 def Bayside Braves 22
  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 50 def Southern Stars 34
  • Bayside Blazes 64 def City West Falcons 54
  • Bye: Valley Wolves

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Division 1 Men’s

Doncaster & Districts had a 25 goal win over Footscray Falcons, 54-29. The match was evenly contested for the first half however experience prevailed with Doncaster making minimal errors in the second half and consolidating on Falcons turnovers. Despite this convincing win, it was not enough to get them back atop the ladder, as they remain 2nd on percentage to Northern Titans. Titans meanwhile, had a close first quarter tussle with Central Blazers with scores level, and then up by just 5 at half time. However the match was won in the third as Titans lifted their game scoring 20 goals to Blazers 2. This 28 goal win, 60-32, was enough to keep them in top position, as they lead Doncaster on percentage, by a mere 0.65%. Melbourne City Combat were outclassed by a refined and tenacious St Kilda Bullets, Combat struggling to shut down the height in the St Kilda attack as they went down by 27 goals, 61-34. While missing key defensive players, Melbourne Bucks had a very even contest against Northern Illusions with the momentum shifting throughout the first three quarters. It was only a few erratic passes under pressure that created converted turnovers for Bucks to win by 6, 48-42. While the top 4 teams making finals in this division was decided weeks ago, the order will come down to these final two rounds: Bucks take on Doncaster next round, and Doncaster face Titans, with Bucks versing St Kilda in the final round – these matches will not only decide the Minor Premiers, but also who faces off in both the Elimination and Qualifying Finals.

  • St Kilda Bullets 61 def Melbourne City Combat 34
  • Melbourne Bucks 48 def Northern Illusions 42
  • Northern Titans 60 def Central Blazers 32
  • Doncaster & Districts 54 def Footscray Falcons 29

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Division 1 Mixed

A very important match with finals just two rounds away, 4th place Monash Palladium faced off against 5th placed Yarra Jets. With both teams vying for a top 4 spot, coupled with a draw (45-45) the last time they played each other back in Round 2, it was always going to be a fight from start to finish. Jets demonstrated their consistency across all quarters as they came away with an 8 goal win, 50-42, despite a strong and challenging performance from Monash, consequently Monash falls out of the top 4 to 5th as Jets take their spot at 4th. Fitzroy Phoenix started strongly against Melbourne Bucks, going into the quarter break with a solid 10 goal lead. While Bucks played patient netball, slowly chipping away at Fitzroy’s lead over the next three quarters, it was not enough to take the win, as they went down by just 2 goals, 45-43. In their biggest win of the season, undefeated DDNA Red put on a clinic in an incredibly dominant display against Northern Illusions, running out 64 goal winners, 98-34. Meanwhile DDNA Teal had an impressive 16 goal win against Northern Titans 51-35, and are in fine form as they approach the impending final round derby against DDNA Red.

  • Yarra Jets 50 def Monash Palladium 42
  • DDNA Red 98 def Northern Illusions 34
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 45 def Melbourne Bucks 43
  • DDNA Teal 51 def Northern Titans 35

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With two regular rounds left before Finals, make sure you get on down to the State Netball & Hockey Centre on Wednesday night to see some of the best men’s and mixed netballers in the country!


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As we’re now getting towards the pointy end of the season, wins are even more crucial than ever as teams aim for a top 4 finish, with some sides now guaranteed a finals birth.

Find below highlights, full results, and ladders of each division. For more photos and videos, check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

Northern Lightning had nearly defeated Melbourne City Blackhawks last time they met in Round 2, but back then couldn’t hold off a fast finishing Blackhawks who won the match in a 2 goal nail-biter. This match however went differently, as Blackhawks lead from start to finish. Leading at half time, an impressive third quarter 18-7 display, contributed to their eventual 20 goal win, 56-36. In the other match of the division Bayside Bobcats remained the only undefeated team left in the division, as they beat Western Tigers, dominating the match over three quarters to lead 48-27 at three quarter time. However with some tweaking across all thirds of the court, Tigers managed to finish strongly, winning the last 17-10, however the damage had been done, as they went down by 14, 58-44. With three rounds to go the ladder positioning remains unchanged, with Bayside scheduled with the bye, Thunder and Lightning will be hoping they can close the gap between Blackhawks and Seahawks respectively.

  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 56 def Northern Lightning 36
  • Bayside Bobcats 58 def Western Thunder 44
  • Bye: Southern Seahawks

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Premier Mixed

Eastside Sonics continued their winning streak, taking it to 5 games (their only defeat so far was to division leader and defending champions, Parkville Panthers in Round 2), with a win over City West Falcons. In an incredibly tight contest over three quarters, Sonics only led by 3 at three quarter time, 40-37. However their attacking end fired in the final quarter scoring 21 goals to Falcons 14, to run out 10 goal winners, 61-51. A slow start to the season (which saw them in 7th only a few rounds ago) Western Tigers have found form at the right end of the season, as they defeated Bayside Braves by 26, 67-41, and consequently are now just outside the top 4 only on percentage. Meanwhile Bayside Blazes had a tight tussle against Southern Stars only leading by 1 going into the final quarter, 36-35. They managed to finish strongly, helped by a strong defensive effort, as they won the final 13-8 and the game 49-43. While Melbourne City Blackhawks put on a solid performance against Valley Wolves in another tight contest which also saw them only leading by the slimmest of margins (2 goals) going into the final term. Some strong shooting helped them win the final quarter 19-11, and subsequently the match, 60-50.

  • Western Tigers 67 def Bayside Braves 41
  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 60 def Valley Wolves 50
  • Bayside Blazes 49 def Southern Stars 43
  • Eastside Sonics 61 def City West Falcons 51
  • Bye: Parkville Panthers

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Division 1 Men’s

Doncaster & Districts put in a consistent four quarter effort, as they easily defeated Central Blazers 66-36, however it was not enough to regain top spot as Northern Titans managed to defeat St Kilda 48-35 and hold on to the top spot by .04%. Titans and Doncaster are due to meet in Round 11, the final round of the season, which is sure to be an incredibly tight affair and may end up deciding top spot. Meanwhile, Melbourne Bucks defeated Footscray Falcons by 24, helped by a considerable height advantage all over the court which Bucks took advantage of throughout the first half. In the second, Falcons started playing to their strengths, as their speed allowed them to become more competitive, however the damage was already done, as Bucks won 63-39 and now moves up one spot to third on the ladder as St Kilda’s loss sees them drop to fourth. Northern Illusions managed to earn their second win of the season as they defeated Melbourne City Combat. While each quarter was close, Illusions managed to win all four to run our 7 goal winners, 43-36.

  • Melbourne Bucks 63 def Footscray Falcons 39
  • Northern Illusions 43 def Melbourne City Combat 36
  • Northern Titans 48 def St Kilda Bullets 35
  • Doncaster & Districts 66 def Central Blazers 36

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Division 1 Mixed

DDNA Teal vs Yarra Jets was closely contested right up until the final siren. Jets managed to lead going into the final quarter, 33-31, however Teal’s solid defence kept Jets to just 5 goals for the quarter as they lost momentum, losing the quarter 13-5 and subsequently the match 45-38. Melbourne Bucks started strongly against Northern Titans and their defensive combination managed to nullify Titan’s attack, as Bucks lead 25-14 at half time. However Titans tweaked their shooting circle in the second half and managed to claw back the lead to just 3 goals at one point. In a game of shifting momentums, the fourth belonged to Bucks as they held off Titans comeback and consolidated their lead to run out 14 goal winners, 52-38. DDNA Red remained undefeated as they had a 15 goal win over Fitzroy Phoenix in a physical contest, 52-37 while Monash Palladium finds themselves back in the top 4 with a 16 goal win over Northern Illusions 54-38. With just three rounds to go, and just 6 points separating 3rd and 5th, there will be a tight race for these finals spots, especially as Yarra Jets face Monash Palladium next round (and both teams will be looking to go one better than their draw the last time they met in Round 2).

  • DDNA Teal 45 def Yarra Jets 38
  • Monash Palladium 54 def Northern Illusions 38
  • Melbourne Bucks 52 def Northern Titans 38
  • DDNA Red 52 def Fitzroy Phoenix 37

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Round 7 did not disappoint with many close and physical tussles. With 4 games remaining and finals just around the corner, MLeague 2017 is set to have compelling conclusions across all divisions.

Find below highlights, full results, and ladders of each division. For more photos and videos, check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

Blackhawks V Seahawks proved to be an intense, physical match up as both teams could easily have come away with the win. The match was level after the first quarter, with Seahawks managing to pull away slightly, leading by 3 at half time, 27-24. However in the third quarter Blackhawks took advantage of Seahawks’ inability to find their goalers, as they won the quarter 15-8 and led 39-35 going into the final term. Blackhawks managed to stay composed and consolidate on their lead as they ran out 6 goal winners, 55-49 and consequently have taken the 2nd spot position on the ladder from Seahawks who move down to 3rd. In the other Premier match, Bobcats and Lightning had quite an even first quarter as Bobcats led 13-12, however in the second Bobcats began to pull away as they led 23-18 at the half time break. The second half proved to go all Bobcats’ way, as strong targets in their goal circle allowed them to take the half 28-17, and the match by 16, 51-35.

  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 55 def Southern Seahawks 49
  • Bayside Bobcats 51 def Northern Lightning 35
  • Bye: Western Thunder

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Premier Mixed

In the closest match of the round, Sonics V Braves, proved to be a see-sawing affair, as the lead changed multiple times throughout the match, as both teams managed to win 2 quarters each. Sonics led 46-44 going into the last, which proved to be a nail-biter as the momentum shifted numerous times, however Sonics managed to clinch it in a 1 goal thriller, 58-57. Meanwhile Blazes came away with a 5 goal win and move back into the top 4 after defeating Valley Wolves 52-47, in a game that was very consistent across all quarters, helped especially by strong defence at both ends of the court. Southern Stars got off to a great starts against City West Falcons, leading at quarter time 8-7 and then consolidating on this as they went to the half time break 4 goal leaders, 23-19. However Falcons rallied and won the third 18-8 and they further leveraged that momentum in the final quarter, defeating Stars by 11, 51-40. Finally, while Panthers still remain the only undefeated team in the division, it was not all smooth sailing as they trailed Blackhawks by 3 going into the final quarter, 35-38. Their 18-9 final term allowed the Panthers to take the lead and the match, 53-47, again remaining one game clear at the top of the ladder.

  • Parkville Panthers 53 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 47
  • Bayside Blazes 52 def Valley Wolves 47
  • City West Falcons 51 def Southern Stars 40
  • Eastside Sonics 58 def Bayside Braves 57
  • Bye: Western Tigers

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Division 1 Men’s

It was 1st meets 2nd in Round 7, as Doncaster came up against St Kilda for the first time this season in a hotly anticipated Grand Final rematch from last year – in which Doncaster took the premiership, 47-36. While St Kilda would have gone into the match hoping to avenge last year’s GF loss, Doncaster managed to lead at each break, and a 16-10 third quarter ensured they’d come up away with a 14 goal win, 62-48. However Doncaster remain at 2nd on the ladder, as Northern Titans solid and consistent court craft propelled them to not only a dominating 41 goal win over Northern Illusions 67-26, but the jump from 3rd to 1st on percentage. In the other two matches of the division, Bucks solid leads and patient ball work thwarted Combats speed of movement and brisk pass play, as Bucks managed to win each quarter, subsequently taking the match by 21, 57-36. Meanwhile a strong start enabled Footscray Falcons to record their second win of the season this time against Central Blazers, as they took the first quarter 16-6. From there, Blazers managed to draw the second and third quarters, however they couldn’t rectify their start, as Falcons ran out 13 goal winners, 46-33.

  • Melbourne Bucks 57 def Melbourne City Combat 36
  • Northern Titans 67 def Northern Illusions 26
  • Doncaster & Districts 62 def St Kilda Bullets 48
  • Footscray Falcons 46 def Central Blazers 33

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Division 1 Mixed

In the closest match of the round Fitzroy Phoenix had a see-sawing affair against Monash Palladium. Just 1 goal separated the teams at quarter time, however Monash’s tweak in their goal circle contributed to their 15-8 second quarter leading 26-20 at half time. The momentum shifted in the third, as Phoenix rallied, tweaked both their mid court and defensive ends and managed to win the quarter 13-5, leading 33-31 heading into the final quarter. Phoenix were able to hold onto this momentum as they won the quarter by 3 and the match by 5, 47-42. Meanwhile, both DDNA teams came away with wins; Teal put on a flawless performance against Northern Illusions running out 38 goal winners, 61-23, while Red retain top spot on the ladder, with a 19 goal win over Bucks, 62-43. An in-form Yarra Jets came away with a 32 goal win against Northern Titans which has consequently moved them into the top 4 for the first time. Their tenacious defence in the mid court and defensive end provided a wealth of turned over ball against Titans, who fought valiantly throughout, never giving up despite having to manage with only 6 players on court.

  • DDNA Teal 61 def Northern Illusions 23
  • Yarra Jets 64 def Northern Titans 32
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 47 def Monash Palladium 42
  • DDNA Red 62 def Melbourne Bucks 43

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We’re now over half way through the season and Round 6 had some of the most compelling matches of the competition so far. Find below highlights, full results, ladders and MVP leaderboards for each division. This is the final round MVP Leaderboards will be published until the conclusion of the season when the top MVPs will officially be named.

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Premier Men’s

Bobcats V Seahawks proved to be the match of the season thus far within the Men’s Premier division. Bobcats went in undefeated, while Seahawks were hoping to avenge their convincing 67-49 defeat last time they had met back in Rd 1. A very even start which saw Bobcats leading by 1 at quarter time, soon turned in Seahawks’ favour thanks to their incredibly slick defence, keeping Bobcats to just 9 goals for the second quarter, leading 34-26 at half time. The second half however was a match of shifting momentum as Seahawks found themselves as much as 12 goals up at one stage. However Bobcats rallied, and some changes in their attacking end coupled with Seahawks inability to fire in attack, enabled them to methodically chip away at Seahawks lead and come away with their closest win, 49-47. Meanwhile Western Thunder also had something to prove in their rematch against Northern Lightning, Lightning coming away with the win in Rd 1, 37-34. Lightning got off to a terrific start leading 13-8 going into the first break, however Thunder were able to claw it back to 21 a piece at half time. The second half saw Thunder assert their dominance as they won the third 17-7 and then managed to hold on to that lead for the remainder of the match, coming out 11 goal victors, 49-38.

  • Bayside Bobcats 49 def Southern Seahawks 47
  • Western Thunder 49 def Northern Lightning 38
  • Bye: Melbourne City Blackhawks

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Premier Mixed

Both Parkville Panthers and Eastside Sonics continued their respective winning streaks. Panthers led the entire way against Blazes 54-39, who after this defeat are now out of the top 4 dropping from 3rd to 5th. While Sonics led by 10 at half time against Stars, who to their credit, managed to keep that difference throughout the second half, going down 56-46. A dominant 19-9 second quarter helped City West Falcons run out 14 goal winners over Valley Wolves 66-52 while Blackhawks, only leading by 4 and down a player going in to the final term, were unable to hold off Western Tigers, as they went down 51-49, consequently swapping ladder positions with Tigers in the process.

  • Parkville Panthers 54 def Bayside Blazes 39
  • City West Falcons 66 def Valley Wolves 52
  • Western Tigers 51 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 49
  • Eastside Sonics 56 def Southern Stars 46
  • Bye: Bayside Braves

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Division 1 Men’s

After Round 6 there is a very distinct top 4 within this division as St Kilda, Doncaster, Titans and Bucks are at least two games clear and each coming away with convincing wins this round. While Melbourne City Combat put out a strong first quarter against the seasoned Titans side, the Titans consistency and fast movement of the ball down court enabled them to run out 19 goal winners, 55-36. Melbourne Bucks also had a solid 25 goal win against Central Blazers, 56-31, leading the entire way and helped by an incredibly strong target in their goal circle. Meanwhile the defending champions, Doncaster & Districts, got off to a slow start against Northern Illusions, however an 18-5 second quarter saw them fire at both ends of the court and they consolidated on this lead throughout the second half, running away 28 goal winners, 64-36. St Kilda Bullets put on a clinic in the first half against Footscray Falcons as they led 34-9 at half time. The second half proved just as dominant as they came away with not only a 38 goal win, but a win that has propelled them to #1 on the ladder, usurping Doncaster, who has held top spot each week since Round 2, on percentage.

  • Northern Titans 55 def Melbourne City Combat 36
  • Doncaster & Districts 64 def Northern Illusions 36
  • Melbourne Bucks 56 def Central Blazers 31
  • St Kilda Bullets 61 def Footscray Falcons 23

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Division 1 Mixed

The match of the round in Division 1 Mixed was between second placed Fitzroy Phoenix and third placed DDNA Teal. The match lived up to the hype as at the half time break, Phoenix led by just 3 goals, 21-18. However the third quarter, which in this match earned its moniker as the premiership quarter, saw Teal’s attacking end fire as they won the quarter 19-11. Teal then led by 5 at the change of ends and managed to hold that lead until the end, winning the tight contest 46-42. Yarra Jets were the biggest movers of the round, climbing from 7th to 5th spot as they defeated Northern Illusions convincingly, keeping errors low and breaking the Illusions momentum on numerous occasions, running out 37 goal victors, 63-26. DDNA Red continued their undefeated streak, handing Northern Titans their biggest loss of the season, in a convincing 65-34 display. While Melbourne Bucks struggled for rhythm and timing against a more polished Monash Palladium outfit, and despite finding something in the last quarter, it was too little too late, going down 47-33.

  • DDNA Teal 46 def Fitzroy Phoenix 42
  • DDNA Red 65 def Northern Titans 34
  • Yarra Jets 63 def Northern Illusions 26
  • Monash Palladium 47 def Melbourne Bucks 33

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Round 5 marks the almost half way point of the MLeague regular season. Find below highlights, full results and ladders in each division. MVP leaderboards will be back for next week.

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Premier Men’s

Though Bobcats led the entire way, Blackhawks had it back to 2 with a few minutes remaining, however Bobcats held their composure and managed to pull away to win by 7, 43-36. Meanwhile Seahawks had a consistent four quarter showing against Thunder, running out 12 goal winners, 58-46. Round 5 marks each team in the Men’s Premier Division having played each other once, so all eyes are now on the undefeated Bayside Bobcats as the team to beat headed into the second half of the season.

  • Southern Seahawks 58 def Western Thunder 46
  • Bayside Bobcats 43 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 36 
  • Bye: Northern Lightning

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Premier Mixed

In the closest division of the round, Round 5 saw all four matches being won by less than 10 goals. Blazes had a great battle with last year’s runner up Western Tigers, and while only being 2 ahead at three quarter time, they had a great last quarter showing, defeating Tigers, 53-43. Parkville Panther’s continued their undefeated streak, running out 7 goal winners against Falcons, 50-43. Valley Wolves recorded their first win of the season, defeating Southern Stars by 7, 52-45. And in another tight contest that never saw the lead break out by more than 6, Braves managed to hold off Blackhawks, 49-44.

  • Parkville Panthers 50 def City West Falcons 43
  • Bayside Blazes 53 def Western Tigers 43
  • Valley Wolves 52 def Southern Stars 45
  • Bayside Braves 49 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 44
  • Bye: Eastside Sonics

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Division 1 Men’s

DDNA were tested against Combat over the first three quarters, only leading by 5 goals headed into the final term, however they put in a solid final quarter showing to close out the match by 19, 66-47. In the closest match of the division, Northern Illusions got their first win of the season, defeating Falcons by 9, 48-39. Northern Titans got off to a terrific start in the first quarter against Melbourne Bucks and managed to consolidate that in the second, from there Bucks couldn’t catch them as Titans ran out 13 goal winners, 60-47. Meanwhile St Kilda Bullets were too smooth in their attack for Central Blazers, as they led from start to finish, putting in a fairly dominant performance to defeat Blazers, 51-34.

  • Doncaster & Districts 66 def Melbourne City Combat 47
  • Northern Illusions 48 def Footscray Falcons 39
  • St Kilda Bullets 51 def Central Blazers 34
  • Northern Titans 60 def Melbourne Bucks 47

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Division 1 Mixed

Yarra Jets, who this season have had the closest matches of this division, had another this round against Fitzroy Phoenix. Phoenix took advantage of their slow start and never lost the lead despite a valiant final term from Jets, going down 45-42. A strong start from Melbourne Bucks saw them 6 goals up against DDNA Teal at quarter time, however Teal steadied and showed why they are serious title contenders as they ran out 8 goal winners, 50-42. Northern Titans had their first victory of the season and did it in emphatic form, defeating Northern Illusions by 33, 67-34. While DDNA Red continued their undefeated streak, putting in a consistent four quarter display over Monash Palladium, 61-41.

  • DDNA Teal 50 def Melbourne Bucks 42
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 45 def Yarra Jets 42
  • Northern Titans 67 def Northern Illusions 34
  • DDNA Red 61 def Monash Palladium 41 

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Round 4 of MLeague featured some of the closest matches of the season so far. Find below highlights, full results, ladders and MVP leaders in each division.

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Premier Men’s

In a strong four quarter effort Southern Seahawks dominated Northern Lightning, running out 35 goal winners, 82-47. While close over the first quarter, Melbourne City Blackhawks had a strong three quarter showing, defeating Western Thunder by 23, 67-44.

  • Southern Seahawks 82 def Northern Lightning 47
  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 67 def Western Thunder 44
  • Bye: Bayside Bobcats

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Premier Mixed

City West Falcons had a close contest against Western Tigers, until Falcons put their foot down and blitzed the last quarter and a half, recording a 15 goal win, 55-40. Defending champions Parkville Panthers led Southern Stars the entire way, winning 60-53. In the battle of the former Div 1 teams, Eastside Sonics defeated Valley Wolves by 33, 73-40, and consequently climb to 2nd on the ladder. And in the battle of the Baysides, the lead changed often throughout the first half but Blazes ran away with it in the second half in a very high scoring affair, 72-58.

  • City West Falcons 55 def Western Tigers 40
  • Parkville Panthers 60 def Southern Stars 53
  • Eastside Sonics 73 def Valley Wolves 40
  • Bayside Blazes 72 def Bayside Braves 58
  • Bye: Melbourne City Blackhawks

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Division 1 Men’s

Division 1 recorded the closest results of the round, with 3 of the 4 games being decided by less than 2 goals. In the clash of the two previous premiers, Doncaster suffered their first defeat of the season going down in a hard fought contest to Northern Titans, 55-53. Melbourne Bucks were down by 6 in the last quarter against St Kilda Bullets but managed to claw it back and hang on by a goal, 46-45 – Bullets suffering their first loss also. Despite being down in the last quarter, Central Blazers managed to record their first win of the season against Northern Illusions as they finished strongly, 43-34. While Footscray Falcons defeated Melbourne City Combat in an incredibly tight contest, 45-44.

  • Northern Titans 55 def Doncaster & Districts 53
  • Footscray Falcons 45 def Melbourne City Combat 44
  • Central Blazers 43 def Northern Illusions 34
  • Melbourne Bucks 46 def St Kilda Bullets 45

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Division 1 Mixed

In a tight tussle the entire way through, Yarra Jets defeated Melbourne Bucks by 4 goals, 59-55, while in the battle of the DDNA teams, Red came away with the win, defeating Teal 64-49. Fitzroy Phoenix got off to a great start against Northern Illusions and managed to consolidate the lead over the remaining three quarters, winning convincingly 78-34. While Monash Palladium had a 10 goal win over Northern Titans, 49-39.

  • Yarra Jets 59 def Melbourne Bucks 55
  • DDNA Red 64 def DDNA Teal 49
  • Monash Palladium 49 def Northern Titans 39
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 78 def Northern Illusions 34

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Round 3 of MLeague concluded with selected teams now establishing themselves as serious title contenders across the four divisions. Find below highlights, full results, ladders and MVP leaders in each division.

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Premier Men’s

Bayside Bobcats had a 12 goal win over Thunder, while Blackhawks managed to come back in the final quarter after Lightning had led the entire game, winning in an incredibly tight scoreline, 47-45.

  • Bayside Bobcats 49 def Western Thunder 37
  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 47 def Northern Lightning 45
  • Bye: Southern Seahawks

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Premier Mixed

Eastside Sonics have continued to impress with a 20 goal victory over a depleted Blackhawks lineup, while their former Div 1 counterparts, Valley Wolves, were not as successful, succumbing to the defending champions, Parkville Panthers, 71-41. Bayside Braves managed to come back from 11 down at one point but their comeback was thwarted by City West Falcons, who managed to maintain their lead recording their first win of the season 50-48. Meanwhile Western Tigers were 13 goal victors over Southern Stars, 59-46.

  • Western Tigers 59 def Southern Stars 46
  • Parkville Panthers 71 def Valley Wolves 41
  • City West Falcons 50 def Bayside Braves 48
  • Eastside Sonics 70 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 50
  • Bye: Bayside Blazes

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Division 1 Men’s

Doncaster & Districts continued to assert their dominance over the division with a 15 goal defeat of Melbourne Bucks 66-51, in a Semi Final rematch from last year. Meanwhile St Kilda Bullets have also established themselves as the other serious contender for the title, and only other undefeated team, defeating Illusions 45-23. Northern Titans had a convincing 36 goal win over Footscray Falcons, while Melbourne City Combat were too slick for Central Blazers, 52-37.

  • Doncaster and Districts 66 def Melbourne Bucks 51
  • Northern Titans 74 def Footscray Falcons 38
  • St Kilda Bullets 45 def Northern Illusions 23
  • Melbourne City Combat 52 def Central Blazers 37

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Division 1 Mixed

Both DDNA teams again came away with wins and are the only two teams left undefeated – which will change next round when they both face each other. Teal comfortably defeated Monash Palladium 52-39, while Red came from behind in the last quarter to pip Yarra Jets by a goal, 43-42. Melbourne Bucks got away to an early lead against Illusions which they managed to consolidate throughout the remaining three quarters, recording their first win of the season 59-33, while Fitzroy Phoenix had a comfortable 16 goal win over Northern Titans, 54-38.

  • DDNA Teal 52 def Monash Palladium 39
  • Melbourne Bucks 59 def Northern Illusions 33
  • DDNA Red 43 def Yarra Jets 42
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 54 def Northern Titans 38

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MLeague Round 2 had a few upsets, close games and one draw. Below are selected highlights, full results, ladders and MVP leaders in each division.

For more photos and videos check out our Instagram.

Premier Men’s

Bayside Bobcats had a convincing 19 goal win against Northern Lightning, while Southern Seahawks defeated Melbourne City Blackhawks by 11, Blackhawks finishing the match with 5 players due to injuries.

  • Bayside Bobcats 55 def Northern Lightning 36
  • Southern Seahawks 67 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 56
  • Bye: Western Thunder

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Premier Mixed

Western Tigers came back from a 10 goal deficit to defeat Valley Wolves 67-58, while in the match of the division, Bayside Blazes were able to fend off Melbourne City Blackhawks 52-49. Panthers had a comfortable win over a somewhat depleted Sonics team 53-31 while Braves 20 goal win over Stars now means there are only two undefeated teams left in the division.

  • Bayside Braves 71 def Southern Stars 51
  • Western Tigers 67 def Valley Wolves 58
  • Bayside Blazes 52 def Melbourne City Blackhawks 49
  • Parkville Panthers 53 def Eastside Sonics 31
  • Bye: City West Falcons

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Division 1 Men’s

Doncaster & Districts and Northern Titans both had convincing 34 goals win over Footscray Falcons (65-31) and Central Blazers (68-34) respectively. While Melbourne Bucks continued their winning run defeating Northern Illusions 78-49. The closest match of the round was an 18 goal win to St Kilda Bullets as they defeated Combat 53-35.

  • St Kilda Bullets 53 def Melbourne City Combat 35
  • Melbourne Bucks 78 def Northern Illusions 49
  • Doncaster and Districts 65 def Footscray Falcons 31
  • Northern Titans 68 def Central Blazers 34

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Division 1 Mixed

In Div 1 Mixed, both DDNA teams came away with wins, Teal defeating Northern Titans 51-41 while Red defeated Northern Illusions by an emphatic 63 goals, 95-32. Fitzroy Phoenix recorded their first win with a 9 goal victory over Melbourne Bucks while a breaking call with seconds remaining allowed Monash Palladium to draw with Yarra Jets, 45-45.

  • DDNA Teal 51 def Northern Titans 41
  • Monash Palladium 45 drew with Yarra Jets 45
  • DDNA Red 95 def Northern Illusions 32
  • Fitzroy Phoenix 51 def Melbourne Bucks 42

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The wait is over! MLeague 2017 got off to a blinding start on Wednesday night as 28 teams braved the Melbourne cold, and competed across 4 divisions at the State Netball and Hockey Centre.

Selected highlights, full results and ladders from each division are below. For more photos and videos check out our Instagram. Also from Round 2 we will be including the top vote leaders in each division. These will be kept hidden later in the season.

Premier Men’s

While mostly even for the first half of the match, Bayside Bobcats tore away from Southern Seahawks in the final quarter running out convincing winners 67-49, while Northern Lightning narrowly defeated Western Thunder 37-34.

  • Bayside Bobcats 67 def Southern Seahawks 49
  • Northern Lightning 37 def Western Thunder 34
  • Bye: Melbourne City Blackhawks

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Premier Mixed

Eastside Sonics established themselves as a worthy contender in the Premier Mixed division, after coming up from Division 1, as they defeated Bayside Blazes 66-48. Meanwhile in the 2016 Grand Final rematch, Parkville Panthers blitzed Western Tigers 77-35, sending a strong message to the rest of the division as the team to beat.

  • Parkville Panthers 77 def Western Tigers 35
  • Bayside Braves 49 def Valley Wolves 38
  • Melbourne City Blackhawks 53 def City West Falcons 49
  • Eastside Sonics 66 def Bayside Blazes 48
  • Bye: Southern Stars

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Division 1 Men’s

In the Semi Final rematch from last year, St Kilda Bullets again got the better of Northern Titans 55-45. while new team, Melbourne City Combat came out impressive winners 49-28 against Northern Illusions.

  • Melbourne City Combat 49 def Northern Illusions 28
  • St Kilda Bullets 55 def Northern Titans 45
  • Doncaster and Districts 59 def Central Blazers 40
  • Melbourne Bucks 41 def Footscray Falcons 33

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Division 1 Mixed

Melbourne Bucks drew with Northern Titans in a nail-biter 53 all, while both DDNA teams came away with a win: Red defeating Fitzroy Phoenix 48-34 and Teal defeating Yarra Jets 65-48. Meanwhile Monash Palladium put on a clinic, defeating Northern Illusions 61-29.

  • DDNA Teal 65 def Yarra Jets 48
  • Monash Palladium 61 def Northern Illusions 29
  • DDNA Red 48 def Fitzroy Phoenix 34
  • Melbourne Bucks 53 drew with Northern Titans 53

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