The 2013 DOOLEY State League Divisions Five to Eight Grand Finalists where confirmed today, Saturday 7 September, with the Preliminary Finals taking place at the Anne Clark Centre.
Congratulations to Hills District who will contest no less than three Grand Finals; Divisions Five, Six and Seven, which is a wonderful achievement by that Association.
Special mention should also go to Inner West, who have qualified for their first ever State League Grand Final with a goal in the final seconds of their Division Eight Preliminary against Sutherland Shire to claim an historic victory, 43-42.
DOOLEYS State League Divisions Five to Eight Grand Finals will be contested on the evening of Monday 16 September. View draw and results here.
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DIVISION FIVE MATCH REPORT
CSNA/Sydney University won through to the Grand Final following a ten goal victory over Baulkham Hills, 45-35, and will now meet Hills District in a repeat of last week’s Major Semi Final.
It was a slow start by both teams as they found their way into this do or die match, but it was Baulkham Hills who settled first, running out to a 10-5 lead midway through the first term. City of Sydney rallied and clawed their way back to be a solitary goal down at the first break, 11-10.
Sydney of City jumped out of the blocks in the second quarter, taking a five goal lead inside the opening five minutes, 17-12. From this point on, neither side gave an inch and fought hard for every goal, eventually ending a high tempo quarter, 22-16.
As they did in the previous term, Sydney of City were quick to take control of the quarter and lead 27-18 within a matter of minutes. But as history shows, you can never write off any Baulkham Hills side and yet again they proved that to be the case. Baulkham Hills found fluidity in transition, accuracy on target and their full-court defensive pressure forced errors in City’s game, closing the lead to three goals, 31-28. A buzzer beater by City of Sydney however saw them take a 32-28 lead into the final break.
On a hot Sydney day, City of Sydney were able to stamp their authority on the match during the final quarter, and with some slick defending by the circle partnership and tidy finishing at the other end, they secured a ten goal win and booked their place in the Grand Final.
DIVISION SIX MATCH REPORT
Wollondilly secured their place in this year’s DOOLEY State League Division Six Grand Final with a one goal victory over a gallant Parramatta Auburn (PANA), 34-33. In a repeat of the Major Semi Final, Wollondilly will now meet Hills District in the season decider.
Wollondilly started well and were out to a 5-1, then 7-3 lead after ten minutes of the first period. However cheered on by a large local crowd, Parramatta Auburn chipped away at the scoreline and pulled level, 8-all, with 90 seconds left in the quarter. But it was Wollondilly who would claim a slight advantage at the first break, leading 9-8 with a late goal.
The start of the second quarter mirrored the first, with Wollondilly quick to find their rhythm, extending their lead to four goals midway through the term. PANA would not give in, with both sides trading goals until the halftime whistle, where they walked to the chairs with the scoreboard displaying 18-15.
After five minutes of the third quarter, Wollondilly pulled further ahead, 22-16, but PANA once again dug deep and reduced the deficit to one goal, before hitting the lead, 25-24, with three minutes left in the term. PANA maintained this slim margin at the final break, 26-25.
In a pulsating final quarter, where both sides and sets of supporters should be highly commended for their energy, Wollondilly were able to get out to a five goal lead and looked to be on their way to the Grand Final. However, as they had done all game, PANA would not give in and reduced the deficit to two, 34-32, with one minute left on the clock. Against the centre pass, PANA were able to score with 12 seconds left but Wollondilly’s defence was impeccable, not allowing PANA to get a clear feed into the shooting circle and eventually won, 34-33.
DIVISION SEVEN MATCH REPORT
Hills District, who defeated Hawkesbury City in double extra time last weekend during the Minor Semi Final, will meet Illawarra in this year’s Grand Final after defeating Sutherland Shire, 42-38.
While Sutherland started the game with a mini break, not much separated either side and this was reflected in the quarter time score, 9 apiece.
Hills District used their high advantage in the shooting circle to pull out to a 17-13 lead inside four minutes of the second quarter. This pattern continued as the quarter moved on, with Hills extending the margin to five midway through the term. However, Sutherland Shire, who finishing the regular season in second, continued to work hard and stemmed the flow of Hills’ goals to reduce the margin to four at halftime, 22-18.
The third quarter was evenly matched, with Sutherland Shire slightly edging the term in goals scored, 11-9, and in so reducing District’s lead to two goals at the final change, 31-29.
As it had been all game, both teams put on a high quality spectacle during the final stanza which was acknowledge at frequent intervals by the crowd, however it wasn’t to be Sutherland’s day with Hills claiming the spoils, 42-38.
DIVISON EIGHT MATCH REPORT
The screams of joy are still echoing around the Anne Clark Centre hours later, after Inner West claimed an historic one goal victory over Sutherland Shire to book their first ever State League Grand Final appearance.
Having defeated Penrith in the Minor Semi Final last week, Inner West came up against Sutherland Shire who showed their class early running out to a 14-4 lead at the first charge.
However, Inner West opened the second quarter with five goals straight to reduce the margin to 14-9. Momentum then swung back towards Sutherland who extended their lead midway through the quarter to 18-10, but with plenty of vocal supporters in the stands, Inner West pegged back the scoreline to trail by two at halftime, 22-20.
Inner West levelled the scores 24-all after four minutes of the third quarter, and hit the front with the very next centre pass. With a noticeable spring in their step, Inner West forced Sutherland into uncharacteristic errors and maintained a three goal lead through the middle part of the quarter. It was at this point the fighting qualities of Sutherland kicked in, they drew level, 30-all, with three minutes remaining in the term. However, spurred on by the support throughout the Centre, Inner West put on a three goal burst to lead at the final change, 34-31.
Inner West looked like they were on their way to victory, extending their lead to six within minutes of the quarter starting. But Sutherland were not to be forgotten in this titanic contest and not only pulled back this deficit, but hit the front, 42-41, with just over a minute to go. Sutherland gave away procession in crucial court position, and Inner West were able to get the ball into the circle where they converted this opportunity to lock the scores up. With 16 seconds left on the clock, Inner West took the centre pass and found their goal attack in the circle with four seconds to go. Unfortunately for Sutherland the defender was called up for a foul and the Inner West shooter held her nerves to claim victory on the final whistle.
Players, coaching staff, family members and friends rejoiced around the bench in what will become a special day in the history of Inner West Netball Association.
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