2013 Divisions 5-8 champions crowned


The 2013 DOOLEYS State League Divisions Five to Eight Champions have been crowned following a night of thrilling Finals Netball played at the Anne Clark Centre, Lidcombe.

2013 DOOLEYS State League Div 5-8 Grand Final Results

Division Five: City of Sydney/Sydney Uni 43 def Hills District 34
Division Six: Hills District 56 def Wollondilly 33
Division Seven: Illawarra 54 def Hills District 51 (Extra Time)
Division Eight: Blue Mountains 44 def Inner Western Suburbs 40

Please see below detailed match reports and statistics on each Divisions’ Grand Final.

2013 DOOLEYS State League Grand Final action returns tomorrow night, Tuesday 17 September, with Divisions Two to Four contesting their title deciders at the Anne Clark Centre from 7pm;

Division 2: Sutherland Shire v Manly-Warringah @ 8.30pm, Court A
Division 3: Randwick v Northern Suburbs @ 7pm, Court A
Division 4: Sutherland Shire v Illawarra @ 7pm, Court C

2013 DOOLEYS State League Grand Final Entry Fees:
Adults: $5
Children/Concessions/Students: $2


City of Sydney/Sydney University put together a solid 60 minute performance to defeat Hills District, 43-34, to be crowned the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Division Five Champions.

Nothing could separate the two sides during the opening 15 minutes, going goal-for-goal to finish the first quarter eight goals apiece.  It wasn’t until a couple minutes into the second quarter that Hills District was able to open up a small three goal lead, using their speed through the midcourt to deliver possession for their shooters to capitalise.

But City of Sydney weren’t going to sit back, working hard to pull back the deficit on the scoreboard.  Soon they had opened up their own three goal lead, however a goal in the dying second from Hills District saw them trail City of Sydney, 18-16, at half time.

City of Sydney picked up where they left offin the third quarter, moving the ball quickly while their shooters had their eye in with accurate shooting under the post.  Hills District pushed hard to win back possession and close the gap, but the closest they could get was within three goals as City of Sydney were composed under the pressure.

Enjoying a strong finish to the third quarter, City of Sydney pushed out their advantage to five goals at the final break, leading Hills District 30-25.

All the momentum was with City of Sydney as they continued to move the ball quickly to their mobile shooters who soon had pushed out their lead to eight goals.  Hills District dug deep with players throwing everything into the contest to win possession.  But City of Sydney held tight, holding their composure to finish nine goal victors and be crowned the 2013 Champions.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
CSNA/SYD UNI – Q1: 8 – Q2: 16 (8) – Q3: 30 (14) – Q4: 43 (13)
HILLS DISTRICT – Q1: 8 – Q2: 18 (10) – Q3: 25 (7) – Q4: 34 (9)

Shooting Statistics
CSNA/SYD UNI: 43/61 @ 70%
Leilani Soli: 3/3 @ 100%
Tomaya Kelly-Sines: 21/34 @ 62%
Jessica Gale: 19/24 @ 79%

HILLS DISTRICT: 34/56 @ 61%
Katie Scholz: 18/30 @ 60%
Natalie Eldridge: 16/26 @ 61%


Hills District have claimed the Division Six DOOLEYS State League title for 2013 following a 25 goal win over the season rivals Wollondilly.

Hills District went into the Finals Series having only lost one game all year, and they continued their ominous form during the first quarter, leading 12-4 at the first break.

Wollondilly, who were playing in their first ever State League Grand Final, composed themselves and rallied during the second term. However for every goal they scored, Hills through their superior height in the shooting circle matched them on the very next Centre. In a high tempo quarter, where both sides showed slick movement through the midcourt, it was Hills who eventually gained the upper hand in terms of goals scored in the quarter, taking a ten goal half-time lead, 25-15.

Having been pushed all the way in last week’s Preliminary Final by Parramatta Auburn, eventually winning by a solitary goal, Wollondilly looked to have run out of steam during the third quarter, as the efficiency of a well drilled Hills District side extended their lead throughout the term to lead by 18 goals at the final break, 42-24.

While Wollondilly showed real tenacity and continued to rundown every ball and defend ever pass, Hills stretched their lead to 20 goals within minutes of the final quarter commencing and it’s a margin they maintained throughout, eventually winning the 2013 Grand Final by 25 goals, 57-32.

The final scoreline did not truly reflect the rivalry these two sides built throughout the season, finishing one and two on the ladder, the mutual respect they both have for each other was evident by the way in the which the game was played and the glowing words by the captain’s during post-game presentations. Congratulations to both Hills District and Wollondilly who both only displayed sportsmanship on the court, but off it as well.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
HILLS DISTRICT – Q1: 12 – Q2: 25 (13) – Q3: 42 (17) – Q4: 57(15)
WOLLONDILLY – Q1: 4 – Q2: 15 (11) – Q3: 24 (9) – Q4: 32 (8)


Illawarra have been crowned the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Division Seven Champions after defeating Hills District, 54-51, in a thrilling decider that went into Extra Time with the scores tied at the final whistle.

Illawarra stamped their intentions early by turning over Hills District’s first centre pass to open the score.  It was a high intensity affair form the get-go with a vocal crowd riding every pass, intercept and umpire’s call.

Illawarra looked to be in control with a handy five goal lead but Hills District regathered, putting on a run of goals late in the opening quarter to go into the first break trailing by one.

The two sides traded goals for much of the next 15 minutes however Illawarra’s full-court pressure saw them create the turnovers, with their tall shooting combination taking advantage on the scoreboard.

Soon Illawarra had pulled out to a seven goal lead but, just as they did in the first quarter, Hills District put their foot down.  Swinging the momentum in their favour, Hills District put on a run of goals to close the gap to trail by just two goals with minutes until half time.  Illawarra had different ideas though, finishing strongly – including a goal on the buzzer – to extend their lead to four goals at the big break, 26-22.

Illawarra began the second half strongly, using their height advantage to extend their lead over Hills Districts early.  But Hills worked overtime, using their speed to create the space and move the ball quickly down the court.  Halfway through the third quarter Hills District took the lead for the first time and their intensity lifted as they sniffed out victory.

With their titles chances on the line both Hills District and Illawarra threw everything into the contest to win possession.   Even a short delay in play due to a power outage couldn’t break the deadlock between the two as Hills District desperately tried to hang onto their slim lead.

With a never say die attitude Illawarra kept coming, coming within one goal with five minutes left to play. With a goal on the buzzer Illawarra evened the score, 43-43, to take the decider into Extra Time.

At the end of the first period of Extra Time Illawarra had pulled out to a four goal lead over Hills District and didn’t look like relenting.  Despite a goal to Hills District in the dying seconds, Illawarra took honours by finishing three goal victors to take home the trophy.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
ILLAWARRA – Q1: 12 – Q2: 26 (14) – Q3: 32 (6) – Q4: 43 (11) –ET: 54 (9)
HILLS DISTRICTS – Q1: 11 – Q2: 22 (11) – Q3: 34 (12) – Q4: 43 (9) – ET: 51 (8)

Shooting Statistics^
ILLAWARRA: 43/54 @ 80%
Jessica Davis: 4/8 @ 50%
Laura Ducie: 32/36 @ 89%
Ainsley Midgely: 7/10 @ 70%

HILLS DISTRICT: 43/56 @ 77%
Nikita Besseling: 20/24 @ 83%
Laura Semken: 23/32 @ 72%
^Shooting Statistics do not include Extra Time


The Blue Mountains are the 2013 DOOLEY State League Division Eight Champions after an enthralling four goal win over a gallant Inner Western Suburbs, 44-40.

Blue Mountains, going through this year as undefeated Minor Premiers, got off to a flyer with the first three goals of the game, before Inner Western Suburbs settled and leveled the scores, four goals apiece after five minutes.

Appearing in their first ever State League Grand Final, Inner Western Suburbs confidence grew as the quarter went on, led by their GD who made three key intercepts during the term to set the tone for the team’s six goal lead with two minutes remaining in the term.

Blue Mountains rallied with a flurry of four straight goals, including one on the buzzer, to reduce the first break deficit to just two, 12-10.

The second quarter was superb finals netball with neither side giving an inch. Players were putting their bodies on the line to gain what little advance they could to help their team in this high quality season finale.

Cheered on by a large crowd, both teams traded goals throughout the term at a pace and intensity admired by all onlookers. At the end of the 15 minutes, the score line was 20 goals all.

With players receiving instructions from their bench during the main break, both teams again came out and match each other goal for goal for the opening six minutes, until an excellent piece of zonal defence by Blue Mountains, when behind 26-24 on the scoreboard, changed the game.

Blue Mountains made Inner West feed into the circle on half a dozen occasions before forcing the turnover and converting at the other end at the first time of asking. From this point on, Blue Mountains went on a run of goals, clawing down the deficit and pulling clear by four goals with two minutes on the clock. An Inner West injury time out wasn’t able to stop Blue Mountains momentum and the Minor Premiers went into the final break with a five goal lead, 34-29.

Blue Mountains were able to maintain their lead throughout the final quarter, in fact extending it to seven on one occasion, but the spirit of Inner Western Suburbs could not be broken as they put in one final push to chase down the lead. At one stage they got within one goal, 41-40 but Blue Mountains held their nerve to finish victors, 44-40.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
BLUE MOUNTAINS – Q1: 10 – Q2: 20 (10) – Q3: 34 (14) – Q4: 44 (10)
INNER WESTERN SUBURBS – Q1: 12 – Q2: 20 (8) – Q3: 29 (9) – Q4: 40 (11)