The remaining 2014 DOOLEYS State League Grand Finalists have been confirmed following the Divisions 2-4 Preliminary Finals tonight, Tuesday 9 September, at the Anne Clark Centre.
With Divisions 5-8 having already contested their Preliminary Finals over the weekend, all eight Divisions will take the court for the title deciders this Saturday 13 September to determine the 2014 Champions; games start from 11am.
Make sure you get down to the Anne Clark Centre to cheer on your favourite teams!
DIVISION 2 – Ku-ring-gai v Sutherland Shire
Sutherland Shire will advance to the Grand Final after defeating a spirited Ku-ring-gai, 49-37, in tonight’s Preliminary Final. They’ll now meet an undefeated Eastwood Ryde, vying to take home the 2014 title.
The match had begun in a concerted, calculated way in which the players used patience to select their best options. It took more than five minutes for Ku-ring-gai to hit the scoreboard, by which stage Sutherland Shire already had four unanswered goals. However they weren’t deterred, putting up the next five goals to hit the lead which they maintained to the first break.
Sutherland regathered during the quarter break, finding their rhythm again and soon had evened the scoreboard. Through some creative play in their attacking third, led by goal attack Braeden Quince, Sutherland pulled out to a three goal lead with seven minutes until half time. With an impressive effort – outscoring their opposition 19 goals to seven – Sutherland took a handy nine goal lead into the big break.
Starting the second half with momentum, Sutherland Shire put their foot down to extend their lead. With Ku-ring-gai defenders opting to double-defend their tall goal shooter, Sutherland used their speed and creativity to find their shorter, more mobile goal attack to find the post. Ku-ring-gai threw everything at their opposition to chase down the deficit, however Sutherland made the most of their possession gains to take a 16 goal lead into the final 15 minutes.
The deficit didn’t dampen Ku-ring-gai’s spirit, who came out firing for the final quarter by putting up five unanswered goals to bring their visiting crowd to full voice. As the minutes ticked down the noise level rose, and Ku-ring-gai left no stone unturned looking to claw back Sutherland’s lead.
However Sutherland held strong, withstanding Ku-ring-gai’s last quarter push to claim a 12 goal victory and place in the title decider.
Ku-ring-gai│ Q1: 10 – Q2: 17 (7) – Q3: 23 (6) – Q4: 37 (14)
Sutherland Shire│ Q1: 7 – Q2: 26 (19) – Q3: 39 (13) – Q4: 49 (10)
DIVISION 3 – St George v Ku-ring-gai
St George has set up a Major Semi Final rematch with Northern Suburbs to decide the 2014 Champion after overcoming a spirited Ku-ring-gai, 51-42, in tonight’s Preliminary Final. The nine-goal margin wasn’t indicative of the match played, with the two teams trading the lead for much of the 60 minutes.
It was a typically fast a furious opening quarter you’d expect from a sudden-death final; both teams desperate to secure a place in the title decide. Ku-ring-gai’s tight defence forced the St George attacking end to work the ball patiently, while St George counteracted with a stifling full-court defensive pressure. Just as St George opened out to a two-goal lead, Ku-ring-gai would peg it back and vice versa. Three late unanswered goals gave Ku-ring-gai the lead at the first break.
The second quarter saw a return to the see-sawing trade of goals as St George worked in vain to close the small gap on the scoreboard. With the match having lost none of its intensity, errors in both sides’ attacking end kept defenders on their toes. By halfway through the quarter St George were able to even scores, and by half-time had claimed the lead with a two goal buffer on their opposition.
Despite trailing at half-time, Ku-ring-gai came out firing for the third quarter and after five minutes of play had once again evened the scoreboard. However St George worked overtime, particularly in their defensive circle to shut down the free movement of the Ku-ring-gai shooters. It soon saw the Minor Premiers hit the lead once more, holding out a fast finishing Ku-ring-gai to take a slim three goal buffer into the final break.
Once again Ku-ring-gai worked hard to get the scores back even, before minutes later St George had strung together unanswered goals to claim a small lead. With the clock against them, Ku-ring-gai left nothing on the court as the pushed St George to their limits. However St George had more left in the tank to finish nine-goal victors to book their spot in the Grand Final.
St George│ Q1: 11 – Q2: 24 (13) – Q3: 35 (11) – Q4: 51 (16)
Ku-ring-gai│ Q1: 14 – Q2: 22 (8) – Q3: 32 (10) – Q4: 42 (10)
DIVISION 4 – Northern Suburbs v Parramatta Auburn
Parramatta Auburn have booked their place in the Grand Final on the back of an impressive second half performance, defeating Northern Suburbs, 47-42, to meet Minor Premiers Illawarra next week.
The match begun with Northern Suburbs and Parramatta Auburn trading goals, neither side getting ascendency over the other. It offered spectators a thrilling contest, with players going hard at every contest. It came down to a penalty goal after the quarter time whistle to give Parramatta Auburn a small lead at the first break.
Despite the late goal against them, Northern Suburbs came out firing posting three unanswered goals for the start of the second quarter. While Parramatta Auburn were able to stay in the contest, slowly but surely Northern Suburbs began to edge away. After an impressive defensive quarter keeping their opposition to just six goals, Northern Suburbs had a six goal lead at half-time.
Parramatta Auburn came out with purpose for the start of the second half, using the ball well to effectively chip away at the scoreboard deficit. Led by their tall goal shooter, Parramatta evened scores after fives minute of play. Again the two finalists traded goals and, with the crowd riding every play, Parramatta hit the front after the whistle to take a slim one goal advantage into the final quarter.
While bodies tired, the intensity remained for the final 15 minutes with neither side getting an advantage over the other. With a place in the Grand Final on the line, both teams threw everything into the contest leaving nothing on court. However on the back of a 29 goals to 18 second half, Parramatta Auburn held strong to win by five goals and book their spot in the title decider.
Northern Suburbs│ Q1: 11 – Q2: 24 (13) – Q3: 34 (10) – Q4: 42 (8)
Parramatta Auburn│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 18 (6) – Q3: 35 (17) – Q4: 47 (12)
Spectator Entry Fees
Grand Final Entry – $6 adult, $3 student / concession / child (3-17yo)
NB: Season Passes NOT VALID for Final Series.
|2014 DOOLEYS State League – Grand Finals Fixture|
|Saturday 13 September, Anne Clark Centre|
|11:00am||Div 7||Campbelltown v CSNA/Sydney Uni|
|Div 8||Central Coast v Bankstown City|
|1:00pm||Div 5||Blue Mountains v Hills District|
|Div 6||Illawarra v Ku-ring-gai|
|3:00pm||Div 3||Northern Suburbs v St George|
|Div 4||Illawarra v Parramatta Auburn|
|5:00pm||Div 2||Eastwood Ryde v Sutherland Shire|
Please note; Presentations will follow each Grand Final timeslot