Grand Finals await Central Coast and Liverpool

The 2017 Grand Final fixtures are complete for Divisions 3 and 4 after their Preliminary Finals were hosted last night, Monday 4 September, at Genea Netball Centre.

As a result, Central Coast and Liverpool City will meet Inner Western Suburbs in their respective title deciders, which will be played back-to-back next Monday night, 11 September, starting with Division 4 at 6.45pm.

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See how each Division played out last night, and get excited for DOOLEYS Metro League Grand Final week!


PRELIMINARY FINAL: Central Coast 67 d Parramatta Auburn 47

A dominant opening quarter helped set up Central Coast’s 20-goal victory over Parramatta Auburn, which sees them through to next week’s title decider against Inner Western Suburbs. Central put up the first five goals before Parramatta hit the scoreboard, setting an early tone for the contest ahead. Goal attack Georgia Ray was particularly dominant with Parramatta’s defence having difficulty stemming her influence over the game.

Ray shot 15 of Central Coast’s opening 18 goals, which gave her side a commanding 11-goal lead at the first break. However credit to Parramatta who emerged from the break with gusto, winning the second quarter 16-13. This was by-and-large through the shooting combination Giorja Fatu-Ale (GS) and Catrina Anderson (GA) who shared the load between them. Fatu-Ale was deadly accurate, finishing the game with only one missed attempt before being moved to goal keeper for the final 15 minutes.

While Parramatta did all the right things to close the first half, they only managed to claw back to within eight goals of their opposition, 23-31, as they went into the big break.

Again Ray proved the game changer, her performance igniting her teammates as she set the scoreboard alight – almost single-handedly extending Central Coast’s lead to 41-28 halfway through the third quarter. Both teams had patches, in which Parramatta drew closer to their opponents, before Central Coast turned on the burners. A late surge by Parramatta then helped them to within nine goals of their opponents heading into the final quarter.

But it was all Central Coast in the final 15 minutes. After being introduced at goal shooter, Ebony Oakley proved a strong target in the circle – relieving Ray of the shooting load to put up 14 goals from 16 attempts. Alongside her teammates’ efforts, Oakley and Central Coast put in a convincing performance win the quarter 19-10. Special mention to Parramatta’s Anderson who, after being moved to GS, put up a perfect nine goals from as many attempts to try and keep her side in the contest.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
CENTRAL COAST | Q1: 18 – Q2: 31 (13) – Q3: 48 (17) – Q4: 67 (19)
PARRAMATTA AUBURN | Q1: 7 – Q2: 23 (16) – Q3: 37 (14) – Q4: 47 (10)

Shooting Statistics
CENTRAL COAST: 67/78 @ 86%
R. Sinclair: 10/13 @ 77%
G. Ray: 43/49 @ 88%
E. Oakley: 14/16 @ 88%

G. Fatu-Ale: 20/21 @ 95%
C. Anderson: 26/30 @ 87%
T. Alexander: 1/1 @ 100%

Major Semi Final: Inner Western Suburbs 48 d Central Coast 44
Minor Semi Final: Parramatta Auburn 50 d Eastwood Ryde 38
Preliminary Final: Central Coast 67 d Parramatta Auburn 47
Grand Final: Inner Western Suburbs v Central Coast | 8.30pm, MON 11 SEP


PRELIMINARY FINAL: Liverpool City 52 d Hunter United 41

A fourth quarter resurgence wasn’t enough for Hunter who went down swinging to Liverpool City, 41-52, in last night’s sudden-death Preliminary Final. After a dominant opening half performance, which saw Liverpool lead 29-15 at the big break, they will now meet Inner Western Suburbs in next week’s Grand Final.

It was all one-way traffic in the first quarter with goal shooter Lagi Paulo providing a strong target for Liverpool in the circle. A significant stat to show Paulo’s dominance was the fact she had more attempts than the other three shooters on court for the quarter. And while Liverpool had pushed out to a 10-3 lead, credit to Hunter who regathered for a late quarter surge to get within four goals at the first break.

However, it was the same story for the second term with Paulo again dominant in the circle. Between her and teammate Madeline Parker they pushed out Liverpool’s lead to 19-10 thanks to a run of five consecutive goals early in the quarter. While Hunter tried to find their feet, another patch of eight unanswered goals helped Liverpool to a commanding 14-goal lead at half-time.

Despite the deficit, a rejuvenated Hunter side emerged for the start of the second half. After moving back from goal attack to goal shooter, Kelly Wilson did her best under the post to pull her side back into the contest. Four early goals to Wilson’s name saw Hunter get back within reach of single digit figures but, once again, Liverpool found the answers.

Heading into the final 15 minutes with an 18-goal advantage, Liverpool looked set to finish the game out. But Hunter had other ideas. After being benched for the third quarter, GS Murren Woods returned to the court with vengeance. Having posted just 10 goals in two quarters, Woods put up 16 goals from 21 attempts in the final quarter, most coming in the first few minutes in which she single-handedly put up eight goals while her opponents only managed two between them.

But it was all a little too late with Liverpool withholding the charge to finish 11-goal victors.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
LIVERPOOL CITY | Q1: 13 – Q2: 29 (16) – Q3: 43 (14) – Q4: 52 (9)
HUNTER UNITED | Q1: 9 – Q2: 15 (6) – Q3: 25 (10) – Q4: 41 (16)

Shooting Statistics
LIVERPOOL: 52/75 @ 69%
L. Paulo: 36/53 @ 68%
M. Parker: 16/22 @ 73%

HUNTER: 41/69 @ 59%
M. Woods: 26/38 @ 68%
K. Wilson: 13/28 @ 46%
C. O’Brien: 2/3 @ 67%

Major Semi Final: Inner Western Suburbs 48 d Hunter United 43
Minor Semi Final: Liverpool City 50 d St George District 35
Preliminary Final: Liverpool City 52 d Hunter United 41
Grand Final: Inner Western Suburbs v Liverpool City | 6.45pm MON 11 SEP