Thrilling semis kick start division two finals

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Sutherland Shire completed a stunning comeback to defeat defending champions Eastwood Ryde, 43-42, to book their spot in the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Division Two Grand Final.

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With Eastwood Ryde leading for most of the match, Sutherland was able to hit the front in a thrilling final quarter.  The lead swapped between the two sides in a frantic final five minutes, with Sutherland holding their composure to come out on top.

Eastwood Ryde was able to open out a handy lead due to some sharp shooting from NSW 19U representative Stephanie MacGougan in the circle.  However Sutherland Shire weren’t to be discouraged, pulling back the deficit to be denied by the buzzer to go into the first break one goal down.

The two sides continued to trade goals throughout the second quarter however by taking some vital intercepts Sutherland took the lead with four minutes until half time.  But the defending champions regathered to take back the lead and take a four goal advantage into the big break, 25-21.

Nothing could separate the first and second placed sides during the third quarter, with both teams putting up 11 goals each for Eastwood Ryde to hold onto their handy four goal lead.  Sutherland Shire made a real surge in the final few minutes but the defending champions held strong.

With their defensive end putting on intense pressure to turnover over the ball, and some sharp shooting from 2013 NSW 17U Vice Captain Lauren Yager, Sutherland were able to take back the lead in the final minute to win by one and a chance to take home the 2013 title.

In the Minor Semi Final, Manly-Warringah held out a fast-finishing Ku-ring-gai to win, 43-34, to meet Eastwood Ryde in the Preliminary Final next Tuesday 10 September.

Manly-Warringah started the match strongly but it was Ku-ring-gai who settled first, pulling back a four goal deficit to hit the lead halfway through the opening quarter.  It was goal for goal and some costly handling errors from Ku-ring-gai saw Manly-Warringah take a slim three goal lead into the first break.

NSW 17/U representative Cristy Linaker was brought into the shooting circle for Manly-Warringah, her height advantage proving a handful for the Ku-ring-gai defenders.  However Ku-ring-gai won the ball in the midcourt, with their shooters working the circle in tandem to find the post.

The momentum swung between the two sides throughout the second quarter, but following a timeout Manly-Warringah finished the stronger to take a six goal advantage into half-time, 23-17.

Nothing could separate the two sides for the third quarter with both teams putting up nine goals each for Manly-Warringah to maintain their six goal advantage at the final break.  The crowd became more and more vocal as the minutes ticked over, riding every pass, intercept and umpire’s call.

Ku-ring-gai came out all guns blazing for the final quarter, putting on six goals to two to claw back the deficit on the scoreboard.  With the intensity lifting, so did the Manly-Warringah defenders as they worked tirelessly to turn over possession back to their teammates.

With their Finals campaign on the line, Manly-Warringah lifted for the final few minutes to hold out the fast-finishing Ku-ring-gai, claiming a nine goal victory and booking their spot in the Preliminary Final.

Reminder – download the Netball NSW State League App today!

After the success of the Court Craft Night Interdistrict App last season, Netball NSW is again offering our community an opportunity to have fixtures and results at your fingertips with the 2013 Netball NSW State League App.

The App is now available via the App Store, and has some fantastic features for iPhone users.

For under $1, users can access all eight Divisions’ fixtures and results, DOOLEYS State League-specific news, as well as save their favourite teams for quick access.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
MANLY-WARRINGAH Q1: 11 – Q2: 23 (12) – Q3: 32 (9) – Q4: 43 (11)
KU-RING-GAI Q1: 8 – Q2: 17 (9) – Q3: 26 (9) – Q4: 34 (8)

EASTWOOD RYDE Q1: 13 – Q2: 25 – Q3: 36 (11) – Q4: 42 (6)
SUTHERLAND SHIRE Q1: 12 – Q2: 21 – Q3: 32 (11) – Q4: 43 (11)