Blue Mountains, Manly Warringah reach Grand Finals

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This week’s DOOLEYS Metro League Finals action at Netball Central got underway last night, Monday 29 August, with teams from Divisions 3 and 4 contesting the Preliminaries to book a place in next week’s Grand Finals.

Preliminary Finals continues tonight, Tuesday 30 August, with Division 6 taking the court from 6:45pm AEST, followed by Division 5 at 8:30pm; Divisions 1 and 2 will close out the week on Thursday 1 September. READ FULL PREVIEW HERE

Before that, here’s how last night’s action played out:

DIVISION 3

Blue Mountains 46 d Central Coast 41

Blue Mountains booked their place in the 2016 DOOLEYS Metro League Division 3 Grand Final after a 46-41 win over Central Coast in their Preliminary Final at Netball Central.

The team from out west will now face Campbelltown District in next week’s Grand Final on Monday 5 September at 8:30pm AEST.

Powerful first and third quarters, which Blue Mountains won 13-6 and 13-9 respectively, proved to be the catalyst for last night’s victory with Central Coast showing great spirit and resolve to edge the other two periods.

Another positive for Blue Mountains was the consistent scoring of goal shooter Dianna Haggerty who shot 24 goals at 83 per cent, helping her side to a five-goal victory.

Quarter-by-Quarter scores
Blue Mountains | Q1: 13 – Q2: 23 (10) – Q3: 36 (13) – Q4: 46 (10)
Central Coast | Q1: 6 – Q2: 18 (12) – Q3: 27 (9) – Q4: 41 (14)

Shooting Statistics
Blue Mountains: 46/67 @ 69%
Central Coast: 41/51 @ 80%

 

DIVISION 4

Manly Warringah 50 d Northern Suburbs 27

Manly Warringah have booked their place in the 2016 DOOLEYS Metro League Division 4 Grand Final after a 50-27 win over Northern Suburbs at Netball Central.

The northern beaches side will now face Randwick in next week’s title decider on Monday 5 September at 6:45pm AEST.

Just like the Division 3 Preliminary Final, it was dominant first and third quarters which took Manly to victory, with goal shooter Isabella Ward prolific throughout the game, scoring 46 of her side’s goals.

Manly came storming out of the blocks and won the first quarter by 13 goals, before Northern Suburbs managed to get some parity; a strong fight back helping them to level the second quarter with nine goals apiece.

However, once again Manly came storming out for the start of the half, winning the third quarter by another 13 goal margin (18 goals to five) before Norths showed great resolve to finish the game off strongly to win the final 15 minutes by three goals.

But it was not enough to catch Manly, who had already done enough to secure a Grand Final berth.

Quarter-by-Quarter scores
Manly Warringah | Q1: 17 – Q2: 26 (9) – Q3: 44 (18) – Q4: 50 (6)
Central Coast | Q1: 4 – Q2: 13 (9) – Q3: 18 (5) – Q4: 27 (9)

Shooting Statistics
Manly Warringah: 50/72 @ 69%
Northern Suburbs: 27/48 @ 56%