After a hard night of DOOLEYS Metro League Preliminary Finals action both Hawkesbury City and Liverpool City have secured places in their respective 2017 Grand Finals.
In Division 5 Hawkesbury setup a showdown with Illawarra District in next week’s showpiece at the Genea Netball Centre, while in Division 6 Liverpool City won to secure to place in the Grand Final against Hills District.
How did they get there? Find out in the wrap below.
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PRELIMINARY FINAL: Hawkesbury City 43 d Inner Western Suburbs 38
It was a fine contest but in the end Hawkesbury City had enough to see off Inner Western Suburbs and book a place in the Division 5 Grand Final for 2017.
A 10-10 first quarter set the tone for the game as both sides came out firing, and with neither giving an inch they went the to first break all square.
It was going to be a game of inches and Hawkesbury had to make hay when the sun shone. They did that in the second quarter which they won 11-8 to take a three-goal lead to halftime.
Inner West aren’t the Minor Premiers for no reason, however, and a stoic third-quarter showing kept them very much in the hunt going into the last break. They won the period 11-10 and with just two goals between the sides at three-quarter time things were poised nicely for the last 15 minutes.
But it was Hawkesbury who retook the momentum when it mattered most. They won the final quarter by three, which in the context of this game was a huge advantage, and eventually ran out winners by five.
HAWKESBURY CITY | Q1: 10 – Q2: 21 (11) – Q3: 31 (10) – Q4: 43 (12)
INNER WEST | Q1: 10 – Q2: 18 (8) – Q3: 29 (11) – Q4: 38 (9)
HAWKESBURY CITY: 43/54 @ 80%
A. Bohan: 25/28 @ 89%
R Bouzaid: 18/26 @ 69%
INNER WEST: 38/53 @ 71%
E. McMurray: 27/33 @ 82%
P. Tierney: 11/20 @ 55%
Major Semi Final: Illawarra District 49 d Inner Western Suburbs 46
Minor Semi Final: Hawkesbury City 50 d Penrith District 28
Preliminary Final: Hawkesbury City 43 d Inner Western Suburbs 38
Grand Final: Illawarra District v Hawkesbury City | 8.30pm, Tuesday 12 September
PRELIMINARY FINAL: Liverpool City 50 d Camden & District 48
Liverpool City pulled off a fantastic, nail-biting win over Camden & District to book their place in the 2017 Grand Final.
Having finish third on the regular season ladder, Liverpool had to draw on all their resources to overcome the Minor Premiers and book a date with Hills District in next week’s decider.
Despite narrowly losing the first two quarters, Liverpool put in a stunning third quarter performance to put themselves well in control of the contest and it was something they didn’t relinquish.
There was very little to separate the teams in the opening two periods but it was Camden who edged the first exchanges 11-10 and 15-14.
Down by two goals at halftime, Liverpool then produced the perfect ‘championship quarter’ by creating 17 chances to their opponents’ 10 in the third period, eventually taking it 13-6 and heading to the last break with a five-goal advantage.
It was tight and tense in the last 15 minutes as both sides went at each other hammer and tongs but, despite losing the quarter 16-13, Liverpool had enough to just pip the Minor Premiers by two.
LIVERPOOL CITY | Q1: 10 – Q2: 24 (14) – Q3: 37 (13) – Q4: 50 (13)
CAMDEN & DISTRICT | Q1: 11 – Q2: 26 (15) – Q3: 32 (6) – Q4: 48 (16)
LIVERPOOL CITY: 50/70 @ 71%
C Bristow: 39/50 @ 78%
M. Stolk: 11/20 @ 55%
CAMDEN & DISTRICT: 48/61 @ 79%
M. Johnston: 28/35 @ 80%
K. Conolly: 14/78 @ 55%
A. Scully: 6/8 @ 75%
Major Semi Final: Hills District 51 d Camden & District 42
Minor Semi Final: Liverpool City 62 d Campbelltown 55
Preliminary Final: Liverpool City 50 d Camden & District 48
Grand Final: Hills District v Liverpool City | 6.45pm, Tuesday 12 September