Illawarra has secured their first spot in the of 2014 DOOLEYS State League Division Four Grand Final with a 49-42 win over Northern Suburbs in their Semi Final tonight (Thursday 4 September).
Northern Suburbs will now meet Parramatta Auburn, who defeated CSNA/Sydney Uni in their Semi Final, to battle for the second and final place in the decider in next Tuesday’s (9 September) Preliminary Final at the Anne Clark Centre.
Major Semi Final: Illawarra 49 def Northern Suburbs 42
The teams matched each other goal for goal in the opening minutes, sparked by some great defensive pick ups from both teams. The defensive pressure from Illawarra in Norths’ goal third forced a couple of turnovers, and the Illawarra shooters rewarded their efforts to put their team ahead by as many as five. The Northern Suburbs GD got her hands to another intercept to help her team close within two at the first break, 12-10.
The Northern Suburbs shooters traded bibs for the second quarter and scored the first two goals of the second period to level at 12 apiece. Illawarra would not be held for long however, with their circle defenders getting their finger tips to plenty of ball to build a six goal lead. Norths’ full-court pressure defence and some defensive rebounds kept them in touch, closing within two once again but Illawarra scored the final six goals of the term to lead by seven at halftime, 25-18.
Illawarra’s coach made a raft of personnel changes for the third quarter and they continued their charge, their advantage out to 10 goals until Northern Suburbs started to make inroads, playing with patience in offence to trail by just six goals at the final break, 37-31. Northern Suburbs maintained their intensity but Illawarra were able to hold them off and secure the win by seven goals, and with it a place in the Grand Final.
Minor Semi Final: Parramatta Auburn 43 def CSNA/Sydney Uni 40
It was goal-for-goal in the opening minutes before CSNA/Sydney Uni started to creep ahead. The Parramatta Auburn GK had active hands but CSNA/Sydney Uni’s efficient attack featuring pinpoint feeding into their strong holding GS coupled with smothering defence saw them lead by five goals at the first break, 9-14.
Parramatta Auburn took advantage of a CSNA/Sydney Uni scoring drought late in the second quarter to level then forge to hold a five-goal lead at halftime, 23-18, and they carried momentum into the third quarter, pushing the margin out to nine at the final break, 37-28.
CSNA/Sydney Uni played with a sense of urgency in the fourth quarter and their hassling defence allowed them to edge closer but Parramatta was able to keep the scoreboard ticking over just enough that their opposition would get no closer than three goals, the margin enough to win their place in next week’s Preliminary Final.
Spectator Entry Fees
NB: Season Passes NOT VALID for Final Series.
Single Entry – $4 adult, $2 student / concession / child (3-17yo)
Grand Final Entry – $6 adult, $3 student / concession / child (3-17yo)