The 2016 DOOLEYS Metro League Finals Series has begun, with Divisions 3 and 4 contesting their Semi Finals last night (Monday 22 August) at Netball Central.
Campbelltown District (Div 3) and Division 4 Minor Premiers, Randwick, both earned themselves a direct route to the 2016 title deciders after taking out their respective Major Semi Finals on Netball Central’s Show Court.
The Finals action continues tonight with Divisions 5 and 6 holding their Semi Finals from 6:45pm AEST.
Before then, here’s how the action played out last night in Divisions 3 and 4:
Major Semi Final: Campbelltown District 62 d Blue Mountains 45
Minor Semi Final: Central Coast 54 d Ku-ring-gai 38
MAJOR SEMI FINAL:
After losing out on the Minor Premiership on goal percentage, Campbelltown District enacted their revenge on ladder leaders Blue Mountains by claiming their Semi Final contest by 17 goals, and in the process booking their place in the Grand Final.
It was a fairly even opening quarter in last night’s Semi Final, with both Campbelltown and Blue Mountains sharing honours on the scoreboard with 14 goals apiece for the first 15 minutes. But from there it was all Campbelltown.
Halfway through the second term Campbelltown enjoyed a purple patch, where they put on 11 goals to Blue Mountains’ three – much in thanks to their Goal Shooter Kathryn Raynes who provided a strong target in the circle for her teammates.
While Blue Mountains continued to take the contest to their opponents, they could not break Campbelltown’s strong attacking combination. By three quarter time Blue Mountains found themselves facing a 13-goal deficit, and a big task to turn their fortunes around.
The Blue Mountains maintained faith in their starting seven to get back in the contest, while Campbelltown made a raft of changes to their line-up. The disruption allowed Blue Mountains the opportunity to go goal-for goal; however, it was short-lived as again Campbelltown found momentum.
In the end Campbelltown proved too strong to finish 62-45 victors, sending Blue Mountains into the Preliminary Final next Monday, 29 August, to meet Central Coast on the Show Court at 8:30pm AEST.
CAMPBELLTOWN | Q1: 14 – Q2: 30 (16) – Q3: 46 (16) – Q4: 62 (16)
BLUE MOUNTAINS | Q1: 14 – Q2: 22 (8) – Q3: 33 (11) – Q4: 45 (12)
CAMPBELLTOWN: 62/75 @ 83%
BLUE MOUNTAINS: 45/51 @ 88%
MINOR SEMI FINAL:
Central Coast have kept their title dreams alive after defeating Ku-ring-gai by 16 goals to progress through to next week’s Preliminary Final; they will now meet Blue Mountains next Monday 29 August in what will be their second sudden-death final in as many weeks.
Central Coast led from the front from the get-go – opening the match with the first four goals before Ku-ring-gai could find an answer. It set the tone for the remainder of the match as Central Coast not only led at every break, but continued to increase their advantage.
This was much in thanks to their shooter Ebony Oakley who finished as the game’s top scorer with 29 goals; more than half of her side’s total score. While it was a dominant performance from Oakley, Ku-ring-gai showed great spirit throughout the contest.
Ku-ring-gai’s coaches consistently changed up their line throughout the 60 minute battle, looking for the winning formula to help limit Central Coast’s stronghold on the game. The playing group showed versatility as they slotted into different positions and combinations, and were able to finish quarters strongly – particularly in the third term.
But Ku-ring-gai couldn’t catch Central Coast who finished 54-38 victors, and will take confidence into next week’s Preliminary Final.
CENTRAL COAST | Q1: 14 – Q2: 29 (15) – Q3: 43 (14) – Q4: 54 (11)
KU-RING-GAI | Q1: 7 – Q2: 16 (9) – Q3: 27 (11) – Q4: 38 (11)
CENTRAL COAST: 54/88 @ 61%
KU-RING-GAI: 38/54 @ 70%
Major Semi Final: Randwick 48 d Manly Warringah 38
Minor Semi Final: Northern Suburbs 36 d Baulkham Hills Shire 35
MAJOR SEMI FINAL:
Minor Premiers Randwick continued their dominant form – which saw them finish the regular season with 16 wins from 18 appearances – to overcome a spirited Manly Warringah by 10 goals in last night’s Major Semi Final.
The result sees Randwick progress directly through to the Grand Final on Monday 5 September while Manly Warringah must win next week’s Preliminary Final to keep their Finals’ dreams alive.
It was a dream start that set up Randwick’s win as the side came out with gusto for the start of the match. Led by Goal Attack Victoria Halls (who shot 12 of her team’s opening 15 goals) Randwick looked set for a huge victory over their opponents.
But credit to Manly Warringah who shook off a horror opening 15 minutes to come back strongly in the second quarter. After winning the term by one goal (14 goals to Randwick’s 13), Manly went into half-time with confidence despite the six goal deficit.
The second half was a closely contested affair as Manly continued to keep in touch with the Minor Premiers. With Goal Shooter Isabella Ward providing a strong target up forward for the northern beaches side, Manly Warringah continued to take the contest to Randwick.
However try as they might, Randwick never allowed Manly Warringah the opportunity to get out in front. While the third quarter proved another closely contested 15 minutes (Randwick winning by one), Manly ran out of steam with Randwick winning the final quarter – and their third for the match – to set up the 48-38 win.
RANDWICK | Q1: 15 – Q2: 28 (13) – Q3: 37 (9) – Q4: 48 (11)
MANLY WARRINGAH | Q1: 8 – Q2: 22 (14) – Q3: 30 (8) – Q4: 38 (8)
RANDWICK: 48/68 @ 71%
MANLY WARRINGAH: 38/47 @ 81%
MINOR SEMI FINAL:
Northern Suburbs have survived an absolute thriller against Baulkham Hills Shire, in which they came from behind to claim a one goal victory in the dying minutes. After the lead exchanged hands throughout the 60 minute contest, Northern Suburbs put in an 11 goal to seven final quarter to advance to next week’s Preliminary Final against Manly Warringah.
Nothing could separate the two sides during the opening term, with both scores locked at seven goals apiece after 15 minutes. A purple patch from Baulkham Hills halfway through the quarter – which saw Goal Shooter Caitlin Brazzill shoot five goals to Northern Suburbs’ one – helped lift her side into the contest.
This trend continued throughout the remainder of the first half, which would see Northern Suburbs finish with a slight advantage at half-time – leading by one goal at the big break. But the second half would be split between the teams.
Baulkham Hills came out firing after half-time, missing just two shots on goal to open up a handy three goal lead at the final break. But the lead couldn’t be sustained as Northern Suburbs stepped up to the challenge for the final 15 minutes.
With Baulkham Hills outscoring their opponents four goals to two early to stretch their lead, Northern Suburbs came back strongly. With their season on the line Northern Suburbs came from behind to equalise in the final minutes and scored with moments to spare to take the lead. Baulkham Hills had the next centre pass, but time wasn’t on their side.
Northern Suburbs will now turn their attentions to next week’s Preliminary Final, where they will battle with Manly Warringah to feature in the 2016 Grand Final.
NORTHERN SUBURBS | Q1: 7 – Q2: 17 (10) – Q3: 25 (8) – Q4: 36 (11)
BAULKHAM HILLS | Q1: 7 – Q2: 16 (9) – Q3: 28 (12) – Q4: 35 (7)
NORTHERN SUBURBS: 48/68 @ 71%
BAULKHAM HILLS: 38/47 @ 81%