More Grand Final spots booked in Metro League

The 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League has added two more teams to its Grand Final list, with Illawarra District (Division 5) and Hills District (Division 6) securing places in their respective title deciders following wins last night. Wednesday 30 August, at the Genea Netball Centre.

Following Major Semi Final defeats, Minor Premiers Inner Western Suburbs (Div 5) and Camden & District (Div 6) will advance to the Preliminary Finals next week, Tuesday 5 September, where they will battle Hawkesbury City and Liverpool City, respectively.

So, how did last night’s action pan out? Check it out below.


MAJOR SEMI FINAL: Illawarra District 49 d Inner Western Suburbs 45

Illawarra recovered from a slow-start to claim victory over Minor Premiers Inner West with dominant second and fourth quarters setting up their four-goal win. Only two points separated them at the end of the regular rounds and, having claimed a win against the other during the season, the Semi Final result could have gone any way.

It was clear early on that it would be a battle of the goal shooters, with Inner West’s Erin McMurray putting in a perfect opening quarter (14 goals from as many attempts) to set up an early lead for her side. But Illawarra counterpart Casie Hoddle proved up for the challenge, ending up with one goal more than McMurray at the end of the 60 minutes.

Both shooters provided good service for the sides meaning a lot of scrutiny would be placed on their goal attacks – those who provided strong support would go a long way in helping their team to victory. In the end this fell to two Illawarra players – Paige Guthrie and Amanda Bergin – who shared responsibility in each half.

After Inner West jumped out to a handy seven-goal lead at the first break, questions were raised as to what Illawarra’s response would be. What it was, was quick: Illawarra rapidly responded by putting up five early goals while Inner West had only managed two in the same period. It was clear Illawarra had found their rhythm and were mounting their comeback.

Outscoring their opponents 15 goals to 10, Illawarra had pulled the deficit back to within two goals at the big break and went into the second half with momentum. By winning both the third and fourth quarters (the latter convincingly 13-8), Illawarra were able to finish strongly and advance directly to the Grand Final while Inner West head into sudden-death Finals netball against Hawkesbury City.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
INNER WEST | Q1: 16 – Q2: 26 (10) – Q3: 37 (11) – Q4: 45 (8)
ILLAWARRA | Q1: 9 – Q2: 24 (15) – Q3: 36 (12) – Q4: 49 (13)

Shooting Statistics
INNER WEST: 45/51 @ 88%
E. McMurray: 34/37 @ 92%
P. Tierney: 11/14 @ 79%

ILLAWARRA: 49/61 @ 80%
C. Hoddle: 35/42 @ 83%
P. Guthrie: 7/8 @ 88%
A. Bergin: 7/11 @ 64%


MINOR SEMI FINAL: Hawkesbury City 50 d Penrith District 28

Hawkesbury City were convincing in their sudden-death Semi Final, claiming a 22-goal victory after a strong performance.

While a tough loss, there were some positives for Penrith to take out of the contest, both of which can be attested to the introduction of goal shooter Grace Robson for the second half. Not only did Robson finish the game at 100 percent accuracy, but with 16 goals was her side’s highest scorer. Penrith also put out their best 15-minute performance in the third quarter, keeping Hawkesbury to their lowest quarter score (10 goals) while putting up their second best goal-scoring total (eight).

However it was clear from the start that Hawkesbury were in the driver’s seat. While the match started on fairly even terms, Hawkesbury found momentum halfway through the opening term to take a handy five-goal buffer into the first break. Their form continued after the break as they doubled Penrith’s second quarter tally (12 goals to five) to have a commanding 23-11 lead at the big break.

The third quarter was a much more even affair before Hawkesbury put their foot down for the final 15 minutes. With shooting combination Aimee-Lee Bohan (GS) and Rochelle Bouzaid (GA) sharing the scoring load, Hawkesbury put up an incredible 17 goals for the quarter. Bohan and Bouzaid’s defensive teammates Jane Wilcox (GD) and Alex Clarke (GK) also stepped up to the challenge – while Robson was still able to get nine goals in, they kept goal attack Ebony Stanley goalless for the term.

It was a strong finish for Hawkesbury and will give the side confidence as they look to Inner West in next week’s Preliminary Final. Hawkesbury City are the only team to remain undefeated against the Minor Premiers so far this year, which sets the scene for an exciting sudden-death contest.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
HAWKESBURY CITY | Q1: 11 – Q2: 23 (12) – Q3: 33 (10) – Q4: 50 (17)
PENRITH DISTRICT | Q1: 6 – Q2: 11 (5) – Q3: 19 (8) – Q4: 28 (9)

Shooting Statistics
HAWKESBURY: 50/69 @ 72%
A. Bohan: 29/33 @ 88%
R. Bouzaid: 21/36 @ 58%

PENRITH: 28/40 @ 70%
G. Waters: 7/12 @ 58%
E. Stanley: 5/12 @ 42%
G. Robson: 16/16 @ 100%




Major Semi Final: Hills District 51 d Camden & District 42

Hills District have booked themselves a place in the Division 6 Grand Final of the 2017 DOOLEYS Metro League after a 51-42 win over Camden & District.

Hills will now face the winner of next week’s Preliminary Final clash between the vanquished Camden and Minor Semi Final winners Liverpool City.

Despite losing the opening quarter 11-9, Hills produced some quality netball to win the next three by margins of six, four and one to book their place at the big dance and a week off in the process.

Having gone to the first break down by two, Hills regrouped well in the second quarter and played some fine attacking netball to win it by a massive six goals.

With the two-point deficit turned into four-goal lead by halftime it would have been easy for Camden to fold by they didn’t and produced a much better effort in the third. However they still lost the quarter 15-11 and going into the final break they were eight goals down.

It was tight and tense in the final quarter with both teams giving the contest their all, and while Camden managed to go goal-for-goal with their opponents, they couldn’t make inroads into the sizeable advantage.

Hills had plenty to see the game out but may face Camden again in the Grand Final on Tuesday 12 September.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
HILLS DISTRICT | Q1: 9 – Q2: 23 (14) – Q3: 38 (15) – Q4: 51 (13)
CAMDEN & DISTRICT | Q1: 11 – Q2: 19 (8) – Q3: 30 (11) – Q4: 42 (12)

Shooting Statistics
HILLS DISTRICT: 51/61 @ 84%
D. Strachan: 8/8 @ 100%
C. Henning: 35/39 @ 90%
M. Hall: 8/13 @ 61%

CAMDEN & DISTRICT: 42/50 @ 84%
M. Johnston: 27/32 @ 84%
C. Wright: 8/16 @ 50%
K. Conolly: 7/7 @ 100%


Minor Semi Final: Liverpool City 62 d Campbelltown 55

Liverpool City will meet Camden & District in next week’s Preliminary Final after defeating Campbelltown 62-55 in Tuesday’s Minor Semi Final.

Like Hills District, Liverpool came back from losing the first quarter to win the next three – two by convincing margins – to ensure their season lives on for another week at least.

Liverpool created more chances than their opponents in the opening quarter but converting left then down and it was Campbelltown who took a two-goal lead to the first break, 14-12.

The Liverpool midcourt were doing plenty of work in the second quarter and it showed with the amount of chances their attack had. While the shooting wasn’t perfect, it was enough to ensure Liverpool won the quarter by three goals and take a slim, one-goal lead to halftime.

The ‘Championship’ quarter lived up to its billing as both sides attacked with gusto, however, it was Liverpool who edged it over the 15 minutes of action. By winning the quarter 17-16 they took a two-goal lead to the last break.

And they saved their best for last with a fine quarter of attacking netball in which they registered 19 goals to Campbelltown’s 14.

It was an entertaining, high-scoring contest that remained in the balance until the final minutes, but on the night it was Liverpool City who had enough to run out winners by seven goals, 65-55.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
LIVERPOOL CITY | Q1: 12 – Q2: 26 (14) – Q3: 43 (17) – Q4: 62 (19)
CAMPBELLTOWN | Q1: 14 – Q2: 25 (11) – Q3: 41 (16) – Q4: 55 (14)

Shooting Statistics
LIVERPOOL CITY: 62/82 @ 76%
C. Bristow: 50/61 @ 82%
M. Stolk: 12/21 @ 57%

CAMPBELLTOWN: 55/63 @ 87%
M. Sherwood: 20/23 @ 87%
S. Jones: 8/9 @ 89%
T. Robeck: 27/31 @ 87%