Mixed emotions at the Premier League Play-Offs

The Premier League Play-Offs offer one last chance of redemption or one final shot at glory, depending on your situation, and the 2016/17 version was full of drama.

A total of 20 teams headed to the University of Nottingham for two days of incredible action and high emotions.

This time last year, Premier Romans had survived the drop into Premier League 3 by one point but on Sunday evening they were celebrating a meteoric rise to the top division.

A win over The Downs was followed up with success against Clan by just a single goal. Despite losing to Leeds Athletic, who retained their League 1 status, Romans had done enough to gain promotion.

It will be another battle to go up next year for Clan while The Downs will hope to bounce back at the first time of asking after suffering three losses and relegation at Play-Offs.

One team that show promotion can be achieved at the first attempt is Grangetown. The team from the North-East secured two wins over the weekend to return to Premier League 2.

Linden were dominant with three wins in-a-row to retain their place in the league for the 2017/18 season.

Narrowly missing out on promotion were Poole Netball Club and it was a weekend to forget for Kent County who were relegated to Premier League 3 after failing to pick up a victory in Nottingham.

Three spots in Premier League were up for grabs as the nine regional league winners joined the trio who finished in the final three positions during the regular season.

Split across three groups, all eyes were firmly fixed on Group A with a draw and two single goal wins making up three of the six fixtures played.

TFC and Hertford Hornets finished level on 11 points to qualify for the final play-offs. Aquarians narrowly missed out having drawn 37-37 with Dominoes.

In Group B Dudley Leisure and Thoroughbreds were the qualifiers, having both also finished on 11 points in the pool stage.

Essex Open kept up their hopes of reaching Premier League 3 by topping Group C. Riverside joined them having finished ahead of Hull Chevrons by a point following a 32-32 tie between the pair.

In the final play-off matches TFC defeated Riverside 51-42; Dudley Leisure fell to a 28-47 defeat to Hertford Hornets and Essex Open were 62-35 winners against Thoroughbreds.

That means there will be three new faces in the Premier League next season with Hornets returning the year after they were relegated from the division.

A full list of results and final standings from the 2016/17 Mizuno Premier League Play-Offs can be viewed here.

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