The 2013 DOOLEYS State League Division Five-Eight Semi Finals were contested on Saturday 31 August at the Anne Clark Centre with four teams winning through to the Grand Finals.
For a brief match report and results from all the Semi Finals read below.
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Major Semi: 4:30pm Court A Hills District 41 def CSNA/Sydney Uni 35
Minor Semi: 4:30pm Court C Baulkham Hills 44 def Bankstown City 37
Hills District won through to the Division Five Grand Final with a 41-35 victory over CSNA/Sydney Uni. After trading goals early it was Hills District which took the ascendancy early, taking a 13-9 lead into the first break. Hills went on a 9-1 scoring run to open the second quarter before CSNA/Sydney Uni started to peg back the deficit. Hills held a six goal lead, 25-19 at halftime. The gap continued to narrow but Hills were holding off the CSNA/Sydney Uni charge in the third quarter. CSNA/Sydney Uni scored four unanswered goals early in the fourth quarter to pull within one, but they would not get any closer with Hills steadying to score four unanswered goals late in the game to take the win and advance to the decider.
Baulkham Hills advanced to the Preliminary Final with a 44-37 win over Bankstown City in the Minor Semi Final. It was a similar start to the Major Semi Final as Baulkham Hills escaped to a 12-9 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Baulkham Hills carried the momentum into the second quarter, getting away by as many as seven goals before Bankstown City started to make inroads, getting back within one goal at halftime, 21-20. Baulkhams Hills reignited in the third quarter to set up a five-goal lead, 34-29, at the final break. It was a close battle throughout the final quarter but a couple of back-to-back goals from Baulkham Hills throughout the term was enough to hold off Bankstown City and seal the win.
Major Semi: 3:00pm Court A Hills District 50 def Wollondilly 42
Minor Semi: 3:00pm Court C Parramatta Auburn 38 def Ku-ring-gai 34
Hills District has advanced to the Division Six Grand Final after a 50-42 win over Wollondilly in the Major Semi Final. Hills District scored the opening five goals, helping them to a 16-7 lead at the first break. Wollondilly lifted in the second quarter to reduce the lead by one at halftime to eight goals, 25-17. It was a terrific battle on court in the third quarter as Wollondilly continued to come at Hills District whose lead was reduced to four goals at the final break, 34-30. Hills regathered in the final quarter and little by little added to their advantage to claim the eight-goal win.
Parramatta Auburn held off Ku-ring-gai 38-34 in the Division Six Minor Semi Final to win through to the Preliminary Final against Wollondilly. Parramatta Auburn made the stronger start, getting away to a four-goal lead midway through the first quarter, but Ku-ring-gai rallied to get back within three at the first break, 11-8. The teams traded goals in the second quarter with the margin reduced to two goals at the main break, 19-17. Parramatta Auburn regained control in the opening minutes of the third quarter to get away by as many as five goals before Ku-ring-gai lifted again, leveling the scores at 27-27 with two minutes to play in the term. Parramatta Auburn regained advantage however and, taking a 29-27 lead into the fourth quarter, held off the Ku-ring-gai charge to win by four goals.
Major Semi: 1:30pm Court A Illawarra 49 def Sutherland Shire 44
Minor Semi: 1:30pm Court C Hills District 59 def Hawkesbury City 57 (Extra Time)
It was a nail-biting Division Seven Major Semi Final between Illawarra and Sutherland Shire, with minor premiers Illawarra eventual winners, 49-44. Going goal-for-goal early, it was Sutherland that took a narrow lead into the first break, 13-11. Illawarra scored the first five goals of the second quarter but Sutherland steadied again to hold on to a two goal lead at halftime, 24-22. Sutherland went on their own 5-0 run to open the third quarter before Illawarra rallied, getting back within two goals late in the quarter. Sutherland took a three-goal lead into the fourth quarter, 36-33 but Illawarra scored the first two goals of the final term and eventually leveled at 41 goals apiece with just under seven minutes to play and they edged away to win by five at the final whistle.
The Minor Semi Final was an enthralling encounter between Hills District and Hawkesbury City which went to double extra time with Hills District emerging victorious, 59-57. It was Hawkesbury City which set up an early lead, 14-9 at the first break. Although Hills scored the first three goals of the second quarter, Hawkesbury held on to a six-goal lead at halftime, 27-21. Hills made a five-goal run late in the third quarter to get within three goals with one quarter to play, 36-33. Each goal was hard won in the final quarter but Hills hit the front for the first time with 2:37 remaining in regular time. Hawkesbury City was not to be outdown, scoring in the final seconds to level the scores at 46 apiece at the end of regular time. Going goal-for-goal in the first period of extra time, Hills managed to edge ahead to win 59-57.
Major Semi: 12:00pm Court A Blue Mountains 41 def Sutherland Shire 39
Minor Semi: 12:00pm Court C Inner Western Suburbs 52 defeated Penrith 29
Blue Mountains remained undefeated in 2013 with a narrow win, 41-39, over Sutherland Shire to progress to the Grand Final. It was a see-sawing match with Blue Mountains in control in the opening quarter, leading 14-7 at the first break. Sutherland got back within four goals early in the second quarter, but Blue Mountains surged again to hold a 24-16 lead at halftime. It was goal-for-goal in the third quarter and Blue Mountains entered the final period with a 35-24 lead. Sutherland began to chip away at the lead and were came within two goals in the dying minutes but Blue Mountains held off their charge to take the win by three goals.
Inner Western Suburbs will meet Sutherland Shire in the Preliminary Final after defeating Penrith 52-29. Inner West led from the outset to set up a 17-4 advantage at the first break. Penrith upped their efforts in each quarter however Inner West held on to a 29-10 lead at halftime and, despite a surge from Penrith midway through the quarter, 40-19 at the final break. Penrith had their most prolific quarter in the fourth term but Inner West would not be headed, taking the win by 23 goals.
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