Quirindi Netball Association has marked a successful return to Regional State League with the Division 1 team crowned the 2015 Northern Inland Champions, whilst the Division 2 side finished Runners-Up.
Finishing the season undefeated, Quirindi were on top of the ladder going into the Finals Day which was contested at Tamworth Sports Dome last Sunday 30 August. Taking 11 consecutive wins into the final day, Quirindi met second-placed Tamworth in the Semi Finals; overcoming the hosts by 21 goals to advance directly to the decider.
2015 Runners-Up Narrabri had an equally-impressive Finals Day to find themselves in the Grand Final after finishing the regular season in fourth place. Narrabri overcame both Group 14 (third) and Tamworth (second) to earn their place in the title decider, after trailing both sides by minimum six points heading into Sunday’s contest.
Quirindi’s Division 1 Champions will now represent Northern Inland at the 2015 Inter-Regional State Final, which will be contested at Netball Central from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September.
Hosts Tamworth claimed the Division 2 crown after defeating Quirindi in the Grand Final.
Tamworth advanced straight to the Division 2 decider after overcoming Quirindi in the Semi Final, whilst the Runners-Up met Moree & District in the Preliminary Final before setting up the rematch.
“It was a fantastic Finals Day filled with tough contests, which is exactly how you’d like to see the competition come to a close for the 2015 season,” Netball NSW Regional Coordinator Monique Smith said of Sunday’s matches.
“Congratulations to both Quirindi and Tamworth; both deserved Champions after having impressive seasons this year. I’d also like to thank all the teams who participated in this year’s Northern Inland Regional State League competition, and I’m sure all would join me in wishing Quirindi the very best when they represent the region at the State Final later this month.”
The Inter-Regional State League competition was introduced by Netball NSW in 2013, and sees all the Division 1 Champions from each region come together to contest for the title of State Champion.
Previous winners include Orange (2013, representing the West/Central West region) and Newcastle (2014, representing the Hunter region), who will both be returning to compete for the 2015 Inter-Regional State League title.
|2015 Northern Inland Regional State League – Finals Results|
|DIV 1||DIV 2|
|Semi Finals||Quirindi 65 d Tamworth 44
Narrabri 44 d Group 14 37
|Tamworth 54 d Quirindi 42
Moree & District 43 d Inverell 35
|Preliminary Final||Narrabri 49 d Tamworth 47||Quirindi 36 d Moree & District 26|
|Grand Final||Quirindi 71 d Narrabri 28||Tamworth 63 d Quirindi 41|