The 2014 DOOLEYS State League Divisions 5-8 Grand Finalists have been revealed following today’s, Saturday 6 September, Preliminary Finals at the Anne Clark Centre.
The title deciders will begin at 11am next Saturday at the Anne Clark Centre, so make sure you come along and cheer your favourite teams!
DIVISION 5 – Bankstown City v Hills District
Hills District have come from behind to defeat Bankstown City, 53-51, in a massive Extra Time Preliminary Final match. Hills District will now meet Blue Mountains in next week’s Grand Final bout.
Bankstown City hit the scoreboard first which would set the tone for the opening 15 minutes. Hills District looked to settle halfway through the quarter by working their way back into the contest, however Bankstown’s tight defence made no easy passage into the shooting circle.
After posting three unanswered goals before the first break, Hills District took their momentum into the second quarter. By halfway through the quarter Hills District had evened the scoreboard, upping the pressure on Bankstown City.
With both teams featuring a tall shooter in the circle, the battle was won in the midcourt as full-court defence became paramount to putting pressure on the pass. With Hills District working hard across the court, they overtook Bankstown City to lead by two goals at half-time.
Taking their momentum into the second half Hills District got out to as many as five goals, however Bankstown City regathered. After introducing a new Goal Shooter, Bankstown worked hard to get back into the contest, evening the score halfway through the third quarter. With a supreme defensive effort, Bankstown kept Hills to just six goals while putting up 13 goals themselves to take a five goal buffer into the final break.
The game continued at an impressive intensity as neither side took a backwards step. With Bankstown up by four goals late in the quarter, Hills District threw everything into the contest. After Hills District equalised the scoreboard in the dying seconds, Bankstown had one shot to claim the win, but a miss sent the game into Extra Time.
With an opportunity to keep their Grand Final hopes alive, nothing could separate the two sides for the start of Extra Time. The teams traded goals, before Bankstown City put up a goal on the buzzer to take a two goal lead into the Extra Time break.
Once again Hills District fought their way back into the lead halfway through the second period of Extra Time. Exhausted bodies put everything in as the 70 minutes-plus began to take their toll. With a minute remaining Hills District had moved out to a three goal buffer, but Bankstown wouldn’t go away. Leaving nothing on court the two teams battled it out, with Hills District withstanding the pressure to claim an epic Extra Time win.
Bankstown City│ Q1: 14 – Q2: 22 (8) – Q3: 35 (13) – Q4: 41 (6) – ET1: 47 (6) – ET2: 51 (4)
Hills District│ Q1: 10 – Q2: 24 (14) – Q3: 30 (6) – Q4: 41 (11) – ET1: 45 (4) – ET2: 53 (8)
DIVISION 6 – Blacktown City v Ku-ring-gai
An impressive first half performance has seen Ku-ring-gai claim a 45-35 win over Blacktown City in their Preliminary Final, securing their place in next week’s Grand Final against Illawarra.
It was a tight battle for the opening quarter, however Ku-ring-gai made better use of their possession to claim an early lead. However Blacktown worked their way into the contest through some impressive athletic work from their circle defenders to win back possession.
After enjoying a purple patch towards the end of the opening quarter, Blacktown City got to within four goals. But Ku-ring-gai once again hit their straps for the second 15 minutes, mounting pressure on their opposition as they slowly began to pull away on the scoreboard. By half-time Ku-ring-gai had opened up a handy 12 goal lead, putting pressure on Blacktown City to stay in touch for the second half.
With the Grand Final chances slipping, Blacktown City picked up their momentum for the third quarter; staying in touch with their opposition. Through some slick play and mobile shooting circle, they patiently worked the ball around to find the post. However Ku-ring-gai still managed to win the third quarter by one goal to maintain a handy 13 goal lead at the final break.
With a spot in the title decider up for grabs, Ku-ring-gai withheld a fast-finishing Blacktown City – who won the final quarter 11 goals to eight – to claim a 10-goal victory.
Blacktown City│ Q1: 8 – Q2: 15 (7) – Q3: 24 (9) – Q4: 35 (11)
Ku-ring-gai│ Q1: 12 – Q2: 27 (15) – Q3: 37 (10) – Q4: 45 (8)
DIVISION 7 – City of Sydney/Sydney Uni v Blue Mountains
City of Sydney/Sydney University have claimed an epic Extra-Time Preliminary Final win over Blue Mountains to book their spot in next week’s Grand Final against Campbelltown.
While the opening quarter belonged to CSNA/Syd Uni on the scoreboard, it wasn’t all one-way traffic with Blue Mountains pushing their opposition. After trailing by six goals at the first break, Blue Mountains worked themselves back into the contest to get within one goal in the final minutes of the second quarter.
With two mobile shooting circles, both sides’ defensive combinations worked together to shut down the free movement whilst putting pressure on the feeding pass. Despite a strong finish from the Blue Mountains, CSNA/Syd Uni held strong to take a four goal lead at the big break.
Despite CSNA/Syd Uni taking a hand lead into half-time, it was the Blue Mountains who started the second half strongest and by halfway through the third quarter had evened the scoreboard. The two sides continued to trade goals, with players treasuring possession as one false move was pounced upon by the opposition. After winning the third quarter 11 goals to nine, Blue Mountains pulled back the deficit to trail CSNA/Syd Uni by two goals at the final break.
Again Blue Mountains started the quarter strongly, drawing levels in the first few minutes of the final 15 minutes. However as soon as they drew the scoreboard level, CSNA/Syd Uni would string back-to-back goals to take back a handy lead.
But the Blue Mountains wouldn’t go away and with under two minutes left on the clock equalised the scoreboard once more to set up an exciting finish to the Division 7 Preliminary Final. Scores tied 46-46 in the final minute, CSNA/Syd Uni had possession and with 20 seconds on the clock found the post. A penalty shot to Blue Mountains gave the Goal Attack the opportunity to even the scoreboard, sending the game into Extra Time.
CSNA/Syd Uni struck first, opening out to a slim two goal advantage to give themselves some breathing space from Blue Mountains. However just like the previous 60 minutes, Blue Mountains continued to push. After the first Extra Time period CSNA/Syd Uni had two goal lead, 52-50.
Within two minutes of the second Extra Time period Blue Mountains had once again evened the scoreboard as bodies began to tire from the extra load. With a Grand Final berth on the horizon, every possession counted. With a handy lead within the final 30 seconds, CSNA/Syd Uni held strong to claim an epic Preliminary Final battle.
CSNA/Syd Uni│ Q1: 16 – Q2: 26 (10) – Q3: 35 (9) – Q4: 47 (12) – ET1: 52 (5) – ET2: 58 (6)
Blue Mountains│ Q1: 10 – Q2: 22 (12) – Q3: 33 (11) – Q4: 47 (14) – ET1: 50 (3) – ET2: 53 (3)
DIVISION 8 – Eastwood Ryde v Bankstown City
Bankstown City heads into the Division 8 Grand Final next week after overcoming a spirited Eastwood Ryde, 59-45, in the Preliminary Final. It was their fast start which set up the victory, putting their opposition into chase-mode from the start.
After settling into the match first, Bankstown took an early lead at the first break which they extended 10 as much as 11 goals into the second quarter. However Eastwood wouldn’t be discouraged, throwing everything at the contest to stay in touch.
While Eastwood looked good when the ball was in their attacking third – their shooters accurate when going to the post – it was Bankstown full-court defence that limited possession for Eastwood to capitalise on the scoreboard. Bankstown were able to hold out a fast finishing Eastwood to take a 10 goal lead at half-time; 30-20.
No matter what Eastwood threw at their opposition, Bankstown City were able to withstand the pressure. With their tight defensive effort requiring pin-point accuracy from Eastwood, Bankstown City picked off any wayward pass for their shooters to capitalise. By three quarter time Bankstown were able to extend their lead to 14 goals at the final break.
With a spot in the Grand Final beckoning, both teams left no stone unturned as Bankstown City continued to hold out a desperate Eastwood Ryde, who threw everything at the contest. However Bankstown City were too strong, holding out their opposition to claim a 14 goal victory and a spot in next week’s Grand Final against Central Coast.
Eastwood Ryde│ Q1: 8 – Q2: 20 (12) – Q3: 32 (12) – Q4: 45 (13)
Bankstown City│ Q1: 16 – Q2: 30 (14) – Q3: 46 (16) – Q4: 59 (13)