Inner Western Suburbs shine in Metro League Semis

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Inner Western Suburbs had a successful night at DOOLEYS Metro League with both their Division 5 and 6 teams advancing directly to their respective Grand Finals following their Semi Final wins last night (Tuesday 23 August) at Netball Central.

Inner Western Suburbs join Campbelltown District (Div 3) Randwick (Div 4) in Grand Final week, which will commence from Monday 5 September.

The Finals action continues tomorrow night, Thursday 25 August, with Divisions 1 and 2 the final teams to contest their Semi Finals; action starts from 6:45pm AEST.

Before that, here’s how the action played out last night in Divisions 5 and 6:

DIVISION 5

Major Semi Final: Inner Western Suburbs 52 d Hills District 38
Minor Semi Final: Blacktown City 48 d Ku-ring-gai 40

MAJOR SEMI FINAL:
While Inner Western Suburbs led at every break, it was their dominant final quarter performance which set up their 14-goal victory to advance directly to the 2016 title decider.

After a strong opening 15 minutes, in which the Minor Premiers opened up a five-goal lead, their opponents Hills District regathered their composure to stay in the contest. Able to go goal-for-goal to begin the second quarter, Hills District enjoyed a purple patch as the game approached half-time. Their efforts saw them win the quarter by a goal, and draw the deficit back to four goals at the big break.

This trend continued for the start of the second half with neither side able to gain ascendancy over the other. With both ends shooting at similar accuracy, the contest was hot in the midcourt as players tried to slow down transitional ball play and allow the defenders an eye in to create turnovers.

With this tactic in mind Inner Western Suburbs really put their foot down in the final quarter where they outscored their opponents 13 goals to four to set up the win. With Goal Shooter Danita Brunt in red-hot form – scoring 10 of her team’s final quarter goals – Inner West were able to finish strongly to book their place in the Grand Final on Tuesday 6 September.

Who they meet will be determined next Tuesday 30 August when Hills District meets Blacktown City in the Preliminary Final on Netball Central’s Show Court at 8:30pm AEST.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores

INNER WEST | Q1: 15 – Q2: 27 (12) – Q3: 39 (12) – Q4: 52 (13)
HILLS DISTRICT | Q1: 10 – Q2: 23 (13) – Q3: 34 (11) – Q4: 38 (4)

Shooting Statistics

INNER WEST: 52/65 @ 80%
HILLS DISTRICT: 38/53 @ 72%

 

MINOR SEMI FINAL:
Blacktown City have kept their season alive after emerging triumphant by eight goals over Ku-ring-gai in what was a closely contested 60 minutes.

Following a five-goal first half advantage, Blacktown City put themselves in a strong position over their opponents – much in thanks to brilliant accuracy from shooters Stephanie Jones (Q1 Goal Shooter), Tyra Wilson (Q2 Goal Shooter) and Rhianan Karlic (Goal Attack).

However Ku-ring-gai were equally up to the challenge and came out firing in the second half to win the third quarter. With Goal Keeper Emma Jones doing a great job in shutting down Blacktown’s shooters, her teammates rewarded her efforts on the scoreboard.

But the efforts couldn’t be sustained, particularly as Karlic began to really dominate play in Blacktown’s attacking third. With just a four-goal advantage at the final break, Blacktown City were able to put up 14 goals in the final 15 minutes, while also limiting Ku-ring-gai to 10, to advance through to next week’s Preliminary Final against Hills District.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
BLACKTOWN CITY | Q1: 13 – Q2: 23 (10) – Q3: 34 (11) – Q4: 48 (14)
KU-RING-GAI | Q1: 10 – Q2: 18 (8) – Q3: 30 (12) – Q4: 40 (10)

Shooting Statistics
BLACKTOWN CITY: 48/54 @ 89%
KU-RING-GAI: 40/49 @ 82%

 

DIVISION 6

Major Semi Final: Inner Western Suburbs 51 d Hawkesbury City 37
Minor Semi Final: Mount Druitt 38 d Blue Mountains 36

MAJOR SEMI FINAL:
Inner Western Suburbs have booked their place in the DOOLEYS Metro League Division 6 Grand Final after a commanding 51-37 win over Hawkesbury City at Netball Central on Wednesday night.

A dominant first quarter, which they won 14-5, proved to be the game changer for them, with their opponents never really able to recover for the rest of the contest.

Hawkesbury were more effective in the remaining three quarters and drew the third 9-9 but Inner Western were always able to keep them at arms length with the bulk of their scores coming from goal shooter Amy Lincoln.

However, it’s not the end of the road for Hawkesbury, who will now facMount Druitt in the Division 6 Preliminary Final at Netball Central on 30 August, and they will take heart from showing good passages play in the second half of last night’s game.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores

INNER WESTER SUBURBS | Q1: 14 – Q2: 28 (14) – Q3: 37 (9) – Q4: 51 (14)
HAWKESBURY CITY | Q1: 5  – Q2: 18 (13) – Q3: 27 (9) – Q4: 37 (10)

Shooting Statistics
INNER WESTER SUBURBS: 51/77 @ 66%
HAWKESBURY CITY: 37/51 @ 73%

 

MINOR SEMI FINAL:
Mount Druitt have lived to fight another day in Division 6 of the DOOLEYS Metro League after beating Blue Mountains 38-36 in a hotly contested Minor Semi Final at Netball Central.

They will now face Hawkesbury City in next week’s Preliminary Final for the right to do battle with Inner Western Suburbs in the Grand Final. For Blue Mountains, however, the season has come to an end.

As the scoreline suggests, the game was a very tight affair, and could have gone either way, with Mount Druitt just having enough in the end to see the contest out.

They managed to win the first and second quarters by margins of three and two goals receptively, however, a poor third – which Blue Mountains won 9-5 to leave one between the sides at the last break – put the game back in the balance.

Mount Druitt just edged the final quarter by a single goal – and with it the contest – but they were pushed right up to the end in what was a wonderful contest. 

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores

MOUNT DRUITT | Q1: 13 – Q2: 24 (11) – Q3: 29 (5) – Q4: 38 (9)
BLUE MOUNTAINS | Q1: 10 – Q2: 19 (9) – Q3: 28 (9) – Q4: 36 (8)

Shooting Statistics
MOUNT DRUITT: 38/63 @ 60%
BLUE MOUNTAINS: 36/59 @ 61%