Blue Mountains claim double to be crowned 2015 Champions

Blue Mountains (BMNA) have claimed the double after defeating Campbelltown (CDNA) in the 2015 DOOLEYS State League Division 4 Grand Final to be crowned this year’s Champions.

After finishing the regular season two points clear to claim the Minor Premiership, BMNA were able to put on a near flawless display to claim an emphatic win in the title decider, with CDNA on the back-foot from the opening minutes.

Head Coach Margaret Murrin was a relieved mentor after claiming the double, saying tonight’s Grand Final win was a long-time in the making.

“I thought the girls played well all season – they fought hard every game and tonight they knew they would have to come onto the court and play the very best they’ve played all season to beat Campbelltown,” Murrin said.

“Campbelltown [have been] an unpredictable team this year, they’ve had some great wins through the season but I thought we did really well [tonight].  We had some low moments [through the game] but the majority of the game I thought we played really well.”

Going goal-for-goal throughout the opening minutes, the break didn’t come until six minutes had played when BMNA pounced on a possession loss in CDNA’s attacking third; their Goal Shooter converting the opportunity to take her side into the lead.

BMNA slowly but surely built, getting to a four-goal buffer with a timeout called halfway through the first quarter. Rather than let the unscheduled break disrupt their momentum, BMNA came out firing to post three consecutive goals.

The crowd rode every run of play, throwing their voices behind their teams as the intensity of the contest continued to build. While CDNA were able to find the post towards the end of the opening 15 minutes, BMNA enjoyed a purple patch to take a commanding lead at the first break.

BMNA’s strong one-on-one defensive pressure caused hesitancy in CDNA’s game as they struggled to find a smooth transition through the court. This limited possession to their shooters who were unable to add to their scoreboard tally.

It was a scrappy opening few minutes – neither side able to score – with CDNA finally breaking the deadlock after five goal-less minutes. It was thanks to some strong transitional defensive work from their attackers they were able to lock the ball in CDNA’s scoring third.

However the frequency of possession in CDNA’s third was scarce as BMNA continued to control the run of play, eventually extending their lead to more than double their opposition’s score; the Minor Premiers leading 26-12 at half-time.

Despite staring at a 14-goal deficit, CDNA re-entered the court rejuvenated and determined to claw back the deficit. Revved up, they took the contest to BMNA who found no easy path to their shooting circle. With the pressure high it once again took many minutes to open the scoring, with CDNA doing the honours with back-to-back goals for the start of the second half.

While it was a relatively even contest, CDNA could do little to reduce their disadvantage on the scoreboard – throwing everything into the contest however unable to capitalise through their shooters.

The result saw the lowest scoring quarter thus far, with BMNA further extending their buffer by two goals as the game headed into the final 15 minutes.

While CDNA continued to contest until the final whistle, BMNA’s victory never looked in doubt as they continued to work hard across the court.  In the end the Minor Premiers were able to finish 20-goal victors to claim the 2015 title.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
BMNA│ Q1: 15 – Q2: 26 (11) – Q3: 34 (8) – Q4: 48 (14)
CDNA│ Q1: 6 – Q2: 12 (6) – Q3: 18 (6) – Q4: 28 (10)

Shooting Statistics
BMNA: 48/60 @ 80%
D. Haggerty: 28/35 @ 80%
C. Kennedy: 20/25 @ 80%

CDNA: 28/41 @ 68%
K. Haynes: 18/24 @ 75%
R. Lewis: 6/10 @ 60%
B. Caruso: 4/7 @ 57%

2015 DOOLEYS State League – Division 4 Fixtures/Results
Thurs 9 July 7:00pm Major Semi Final Blue Mountains 49 d City of Sydney/Sydney Uni 33
Minor Semi Final Campbelltown 43 d Illawarra 29
Thurs 16 July 7:00pm Preliminary Final Campbelltown 41 d City of Sydney/Sydney Uni 36
Thurs 23 July 7:00pm Grand Final Blue Mountains 48 d Campbelltown 28