Hunter United Div 1 & Randwick Div 2 Champions

The DOOLEYS Metro League has wrapped up for another season following last night’s top two Divisions Grand Finals.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in the 2017 season – whether a player, coach, official or spectator, it’s been a terrific year. See you again in 2018!

DIVISION 1

GRAND FINAL: Hunter United 62 d Eastwood Ryde 40

Hunter United successfully completed the double after a clinical win over Eastwood Ryde 62-40 last night, Thursday 14 September at the Genea Netball Centre; the result sees Hunter claim both the Minor Premiership and Champions title.

The Grand Final kicked off with flair as each player on the court was there to win. Hunter United provided strong service into the circle, which their shooters successfully converted to have an impact on the scoreboard. Their efforts have Hunter an early buffer at the first break, 13-10.

Despite being down by three, Eastwood Ryde came out firing for the second quarter. Shooting combination of Alexandra Campbell (GS) and Philipa Craft (GA) showed great aerial abilities by pulling in impressive long lobs in the circle to keep their side in the game. However their opponents were equally up to the challenge, with Hunter’s shooting duo Sabina Gomboso (GS) and Abbie Gray (GA) gaining momentum. They Eastwood’s defence on their toes by creating much-needed space. When the whistle blew to signify half-time, Hunter had strengthened their lead 30-18, but with half a game of netball left it was still anyone’s championship to win.

The third quarter got underway with some power shots from Eastwood, who slowly began reducing Hunter’s lead. But Hunter had shown their ability to withstand pressure, and soon their defensive pressure began to take its toll on their opponents – Eastwood falling guilty to losing possession, which Hunter dutifully punished them for. As a result, Hunter went into the final break with an impressive 21-goal lead, 47-26.

Credit to Eastwood who didn’t allow the deficit to get the better of them, as they continued to push into the final 15 minutes. despite some classy play resulting in much-needed goals, Hunter’s buffer was too great to chase.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
HUNTER UNITED | Q1: 13 – Q2: 30 (17) – Q3: 47 (17) – Q4: 62 (15)
EASTWOOD RYDE | Q1: 10 – Q2: 18 (8) – Q3: 26 (8) – Q4: 40 (13)

Starting Line-ups
HUNTER UNITED: GS Sabina Gomboso, GA Abbie Gray, WA Emma Prince, C Sophie Buckley, WD Laura Nolan, GD Mikenzie McManus.
EASTWOOD RYDE: GS Alexandra Campbell, GA Philipa Craft, WA Samantha Rodgers, C Emma Moses, WD Keely Ryan, GD Courtney Moores, GK Stephanie Galen-Mitchell.

Shooting Statistics
HUNTER UNITED: 62/78 @ 79%
S Gomboso: 49/[email protected]%
A Gray: 2/4 @50%
E Prince: 11/13 @84%

EASTWOOD RYDE: 40/56 @ 71%
A Campbell: 13/[email protected]%
P Craft: 10/11 @90%
M Doorn: 9/14 @64%
M Gollan: 8/11 @ 72%

FINALS FIXTURES
Major Semi Final | Hunter United 65 d Baulkham Hills Shire 34
Minor Semi Final | Eastwood Ryde 46 d Illawarra District 36
Preliminary Final | Eastwood Ryde 54 d Baulkham Hills Shire 43
Grand Final | Hunter United 62 d Eastwood Ryde 40

Division 2

GRAND FINAL: Randwick 54 d Hills District 50

Randwick were crowned 2017 Champions following a close win over Hills District in last night’s, Thursday 14 September, Grand Final show down at the Genea Netball Centre.

Hills District suffered from some early nerves resulting in unforced errors, and Randwick dutifully made the most of the opportunities to score the game’s opening four goals. However Hills soon settled into the game, setting up a cat-and-mouse contest – as one team pulled ahead, soon after the other caught up. And so began a thrilling 60 minute battle.

After an impressive five unanswered goals-run, Hills entered the second quarter with a one goal lead having placed plenty of pressure on Randwick’s midcourt. Both the Australian Diamonds-coached sides (Cath Cox for Hills, and Ali Tucker for Randwick) made changes as they searched for the perfect line-up. The scoreboard was in continual motion with minimal turnovers resulting in 10 minutes of goal-for-goal scoring. But it was Randwick who emerged first, finding a purple patch in the shadows of half-time to take the lead off Hills at the big break; 32-28.

The crowd became more involved as the game wore on, resulting in a noticeable increase in intensity. Hills struggled to find their shooters in the circle as Randwick’s defensive unit created a plethora of turnovers; of which their shooters converted. However Hills weren’t to be deterred and with their midcourt applying strong pressure, as well as persisting in finding their shooters, the soon put together five goals in the last three minutes to draw the scoreboard to within one goal at the final break; Randwick leading 42-41.

No one could predict the final result as players from both sides threw themselves into the contest, backed by a vocal Show Court crowd. Randwick scored the opening two goals out of the gate, providing them with an all-important three goal buffer. As the defensive pressure stepped up a gear, held balls became a common penalty as the clock counted down. Despite everything Hills gave to the game, Randwick were able to dispel the charge to finish four-goal victors.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
HILLS DISTRICT | Q1: 14– Q2: 28 (14) – Q3: 41 (13) – Q4: 50 (9)
RANDWICK | Q1: 13 – Q2: 32 (19) – Q3: 42 (10) – Q4: 54 (12)

Starting Line-ups
HILLS DISTRICT: GS Alex Lee, GA Gen Seed, WA Robyn Eldridge, laura Dodds, WD Keisha Murray, GD Phillipa Hedges, GK Courtney Longmor

RANDWICK: GS Mojela Baker-Khamphan, GA Danielle Bower, WA Zoe Liley, C Brianna Tier, WD Tara Liley, GD Ashleigh Robertson, GK Melissa Brennan.

Shooting Statistics
HILLS DISTRICT: 51/68 @ 75%
A Lees: 32/41 @ 78%
G Seed: 19/27 @ 70%

RANDWICK:  55/[email protected]%
M Baker-Khamphan: 38/50 @76%
D Bower: 18/17 @94%

FINALS FIXTURES
Major Semi Final | Randwick 57 d Hills District 47
Minor Semi Final | Blue Mountains 43 d Campbelltown 40
Preliminary Final | Hills District 57 d Blue Mountains 48
Grand Final | Randwick 54 d Hills District 50