After 14 rounds of the regular season, just four teams remain in the race for the 2014 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup title.
Who the Champion will be all begins tonight with the Semi Finals, which will see minor premiers St George face-off against their neighbouring rivals Sutherland Shire at 7pm, before defending champions Eastwood Ryde try to keep their Finals hopes alive when they take on City of Sydney/Sydney University at 8:30pm in the sudden-death Minor Semi Final.
St George have already created history by claiming the Waratah Cup Minor Premiership for the first time, finishing the regular season with 13 wins and just one loss to their name. However they come up against Sutherland Shire who have featured in the last two Grand Finals and took the title in 2012.
There is plenty of interest in the Minor Semi Final between Eastwood Ryde and CSNA/Syd Uni, with the winner taking a step closer to the title decider, while the season will be over for the other. To add to the intrigue, in the teams played out the only draw for this year’s Waratah Cup season when they finished with 39 goals apiece in Round 4.
The two sides met again in Round 11, with the defending champions finishing with a slim five-goal victory over 2014 Waratah Cup newcomers CSNA/Syd Uni, setting the scene for a tight contest this evening.
Netball NSW Acting CEO Megan Simpson said there is always an air of excitement when the DOOLEYS State League’s top division heads into the Finals Series.
“The 2014 season has produced some terrific matches already, which will no doubt continue as we head into the Finals Series tonight,” Simpson said.
“The Waratah Cup Finals Series is an incredibly exciting time as the teams step up their tempo, looking to claim that Champions trophy. In previous years we’ve been treated to some fantastic Finals matches, and I have no doubt that trend will continue this year.
“The Finals Series also highlights the amazing talent we have in this State, with many of the players featuring in tonight’s Semi Finals selected to represent NSW in the 2014 Australian Netball League (ANL) season.
“I’m looking forward to what our Netball NSW Blues and Netball NSW Waratahs will be producing tonight on court as a preview to their opening matches of their ANL campaign this weekend at the Anne Clark Centre. It’s an exciting time for Netball NSW,” Simpson concluded.
Make sure you get down to the Anne Clark Centre to catch some of the exciting Waratah Cup Finals action coming up, and seeing some of the best NSW netballing talent in action on court!
DOOLEYS State League Spectator Entry Fees
Note: Season Passes NOT VALID for Final Series.
Single Entry – $4 adult, $2
student / concession / child (3-17yo)
GRAND FINAL PRICES – $6 adult; $3 student / concession / child (3-17yo)
DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup – Finals Fixtures
Wednesday 9 July – Semi Finals:
SF 1: St George v Sutherland Shire @ 7pm
SF 2: Eastwood Ryde v CSNA/Syd Uni @ 8:30pm
Wednesday 16 July – Preliminary Final:
Winner SF 2 v Loser SF 1
Wednesday 23 July – Grand Final:
Winner SF 1 v Winner PF