Inner Western Suburbs into Metro league Grand Finals

Inner Western Suburbs have secured their place in both the Division 3 and 4 Grand Finals, after their teams claimed victory in their respective Major Semi Finals last night, Monday 28 August, at Genea Netball Centre.

Second-placed Central Coast (Div 3) and Hunter United (Div 4) have another chance to feature in the title decider despite last night’s losses, however must win their respective Preliminary Finals next week.

Standing in their way is Parramatta Auburn (Div 3) and Liverpool City (Div 4), who both posted convincing 10-goal-plus wins in their Minor Semi Final fixtures to keep their seasons alive for another week.


MAJOR SEMI FINAL: Inner Western Suburbs 48 d Central Coast 44

A dominant second and third quarter helped set up the Minor Premiers to secure both victory and their place in the 2017 Grand Final. However, Central Coast still have a chance to feature in the title decider when they meet Parramatta Auburn next Monday night.

It was an exciting contest with both sides winning their fair share of quarters and contests. In fact it was Central Coast sitting in the driver’s seat after they opened up a three-goal buffer at the first break.

It was tit-for-tat in the opening minutes of the second term before Inner West hit a purple patch, putting up five unanswered goals to hit the lead for the first time. The momentum switch helped Inner West to a small two-goal lead at the big break but set the scene for what was to come.

The Minor Premiers continued their rampage into the third “Premiership” quarter as they withheld everything Central Coast threw at them; goal shooter Terri Slater closing the term with four unanswered goals to her name to set-up Inner West’s eight-goal advantage heading into the final 15 minutes.

But the game wasn’t over yet and Central Coast re-gathered to provide plenty of ball into their shooting circle. Goal shooter Ebony Oakley proved a strong target for her side, outscoring Inner West’s combined shooters for the quarter.

In the end Central Coast won the final quarter, 13-9, however it wasn’t enough to catch their opponents.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
INNER WESTERN SUBURBS | Q1: 10 – Q2: 24 (14) – Q3: 39 (15) – Q4: 48 (9)
CENTRAL COAST | Q1: 13 – Q2: 22 (9) – Q3: 31 (9) – Q4: 44 (13)

Shooting Statistics
INNER WEST: 48/73 @ 66%
T. Slater: 34/50 @ 68%
N. Besseling: 14/23 @ 61%

CENTRAL COAST: 44/62 @ 71%
R. Sinclair: 10/14 @ 71%
G. Ray: 14/17 @ 82%
E. Oakley: 17/28 @ 61%
I. De Vivo: 3/3 @ 100%


MINOR SEMI FINAL: Parramatta Auburn 50 d Eastwood Ryde 38

Having a clear 10-goal differential advantage, third-placed Parramatta had earned the favourites tag heading into the match-up having won the sides’ previous games by 11 (Round 5) and nine goals (Round 14). However, no one told Eastwood Ryde.

Eastwood put in a strong showing in both the first and third quarters – winning the latter by two goals. However Parramatta proved too strong in the second and fourth quarters, winning both by six goals to set up the win.

Still, the clearest barometer to explaining Parramatta’s 12-goal victory was their superior shooting accuracy. While Eastwood had in fact more scoring opportunities (60, compared to Parramatta’s 55), they were unable to convert their chances.

Through shooters Giorja Fatu-Ale and Catrina Anderson, Parramatta posted a handy 91 per cent accuracy compared to Eastwood’s 63 per cent. In the end this proved the difference and will see Parramatta head into the Preliminary Final against Central Coast next week.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
PARRAMATTA AUBURN | Q1: 10 – Q2: 26 (16) – Q3: 36 (10) – Q4: 50 (14)
EASTWOOD RYDE | Q1: 8 – Q2: 10 (10) – Q3: 30 (12) – Q4: 38 (8)

Shooting Statistics
G. Fatu-Ale: 31/35 @ 89%
C. Anderson: 19/20 @ 95%

EASTWOOD RYDE: 38/60 @ 63%
A. Power: 17/29 @ 59%
T. Smith: 8/15 @ 53%
E. Godden: 13/16 @ 81%



MAJOR SEMI FINAL: Inner Western Suburbs 48 d Hunter United 43

Inner Western Suburbs have booked their place in the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League Division 4 Grand Final after a 48-43 win over Hunter United.

The Minor Premiers move straight into the September 11 showpiece with Hunter United, who finished second on the regular season ladder, now having to face Liverpool City in next week’s Preliminary Final to keep their season alive.

It was a tit-for-tat contest that ebbed and flowed for three quarters but in the end a storming final period by Inner West was enough to get them home.

They came flying out of the blocks early on with GS Simone Hickman landing an impressive eight goals from nine attempts to put Inner West on the front foot as they took a 12-8 lead to quarter time.

Not to be outdone, Hunter United played some fantastic netball to take control of the game in the second quarter; capitalising on poor shooting by their opponents and converting their own chances.

Hunter GA Kelly Wilson shot nine goals from 11 attempts as her side won the quarter 16-10 to take a two-goal advantage to the halftime break.

Inner West had the better of things in the third quarter, and while their shooting accuracy again let them down under the post, their midcourt helped the attack create far more chances than Hunter’s did. Taking the quarter 12-10, the game was all locked up at 34-34 going into the final break.

The Minor Premiers then carried that momentum into the last quarter to outgun Hunter in all areas of the court and romp home with a 14-9 period total pushing them out to a 48-43 lead at the final whistle.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
INNER WESTERN SUBURBS | Q1: 12 – Q2: 22 (10) – Q3: 34 (12) – Q4: 48 (14)
HUNTER UNITED | Q1: 8 – Q2: 24 (16) – Q3: 34 (10) – Q4: 43 (9)

Shooting Statistics
INNER WEST: 48/68 @ 71%
S. Hickman: 33/42 @ 79%
B. Vanderham: 10/16 @ 63%
D. Black: 5/10 @ 50%

HUNTER UNITED: 43/58 @ 74%
M. Woods: 27/33 @ 82%
K. Wilson: 16/25 @ 64%


MINOR SEMI FINAL: Liverpool City 50 d St George District 35

Liverpool City live to fight another day in the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League Finals Series after winning their Division 4 Minor Semi Final 50-35 over St George District.

Liverpool won three of the four quarters to register what, in the end, was a comfortable win. They will now face Hunter United for a place in the Grand Final on September 11.

It was a very fast start to the game by City, who came racing out of the blocks to take six-goal lead by the end of the first quarter.

Despite this, St George weren’t overawed and showed good resilience and fight to win the second quarter by a single goal (8-9) and leave just five between the sides at the big break.

St George managed to create more chances in the third quarter, however, their conversions were letting them down in what proved to be a very tight period of the game. Liverpool won the battle 10-9 to restore their six-goal lead heading into the final break and heap pressure on their opponents.

There wasn’t to be any letup from Liverpool as they showed just why they are in the Finals Series with a 17-8 demolition of St George in the last period to round out a 15-goal win.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
LIVERPOOL CITY | Q1: 15 – Q2: 23 (8) – Q3: 33 (10) – Q4: 50 (17)
ST GEORGE DISTRICT | Q1: 9 – Q2: 18 (9) – Q3: 27 (9) – Q4: 35 (8)

Shooting Statistics
LIVERPOOL CITY: 50/67 @ 75%
L. Paulo: 36/48 @ 75%
M. Parker: 14/19 @ 74%

L. Tua: 15/20 @ 75%
M. Folwell: 14/23 @ 61%
E. Stewart: 6/9 @ 66%