Last week Netball NSW wrapped up the 2013 DOOLEYS State League season with some thrilling finals to crown the Divisions 2-8 Champions. And what a season it was!
We saw thrilling netball displays across the entire 2013 season; from incredible comebacks to Finals that went into Extra Time, meticulous execution of game plans to Associations making their Grand Final debut.
An amazing fact to come out of this year’s competition is that no single Association took home more than one title with eight different Associations being crowned a Division’s 2013 Champion.
Netball NSW General Manager – High Performance Tracey Fear said there was a bright future for NSW netball based upon the performances witnessed this year.
“What a terrific season the 2013 DOOLEYS State League has been; having eight different Associations take home a title is a fantastic statistic and shows the depth we have in New South Wales,” Fear said.
“DOOLEYS State League is Netball NSW’s premier competition and this year has been no exception. We have seen some really closely contested matches, so the future certainly looks bright for netball in this State.”
DOOLEYS State League top division, Waratah Cup, kicked of the Finals with a repeat of the 2012 decider between Sutherland Shire and Eastwood Ryde on Wednesday 25 July.
After finishing undefeated minor premiers last season only to go down to Sutherland in the Grand Final by two goals, Eastwood Ryde were able to enact their revenge this year to be crowned the 2013 Champions.
Manly-Warringah finished the regular season in third place however had all the momentum in the Finals series, defeating Sutherland Shire to be crowned the 2013 Division Two Champions on Tuesday 17 September. On the same night Randwick took home the Division Threetitle while Sutherland Shire, led by the legendary coach Marg Corbett OAM, took honours in Division Four.
There were two Grand Final debutants to take the court for Division Six and Eight on Monday 16 September. Inner Western Suburbs featured in their first title decider however the undefeated Blue Mountains were triumphant to be crowned the Division EightChampions. Wollondilly also couldn’t get over the line in their maiden Grand Final with Hills District taking Division Six honours.
Meanwhile City of Sydney/Sydney University put together a solid 60 minute performance to take honours in Division Five, while Illawarra won their Division Seven thriller after scoring in the final minute to even the scoreboard, 43-43, with Hills District to force the game into Extra Time.
DOOLEYS State League might be done for another year but that doesn’t mean the netball action stops!
The 2013 Court Craft Night Interdistrict competition begins on Wednesday 2 October and will run for ten weeks until Wednesday 4 December. Over 750 players will take the court for 63 teams to play 310 matches, both indoors and outdoors, for the twilight competition. More information…
The Netball NSW Masters competition heads to Newcastle for 2013, being contested on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October. One of the more sociable competitions on the Netball NSW calendar, 30 teams will participate in this year’s tournament with a Masters Social Function one of the highlights of the weekend. More information…
PLUS, the International Netball Series continues with both the Australian Netball Diamonds and New Zealand Silver Ferns travelling to Australia to contest the final three matches of the 2013 Constellation Cup in Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra. More information…
The Diamonds will then contest a two-test series against the Malawi Queens on Wednesday 16 October (Wollongong) and Saturday 19 October (Gold Coast) – the team’s final international series before nest year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. More information…
And don’t forget! 2014 NSW Swift Memberships are now on sale. The only way to guarantee a seat to watch the NSW Swifts in action during the ANZ Championships is with a Membership, so head to swiftstickets.com.au to see what packages are available for next season – SWIFTER & STRONGER TOGETHER!
2013 DOOLEYS State League – Grand Final results
WARATAH CUP: Eastwood Ryde 50 def Sutherland Shire 46
DIVISION TWO: Manly-Warringah 44 def Sutherland Shire41
DIVISION THREE: Randwick 41 def Northern Suburbs 39
DIVISION FOUR: Sutherland Shire 42 def Illawarra 40
DIVISION FIVE: City of Sydney/Sydney Uni 43 Hills District 34
DIVISION SIX: Hills District 57 def Wollondilly 32
DIVISION SEVEN: Illawarra 54 def Hills District 51
DIVISION EIGHT: Blue Mountains 44 def Inner Western Suburbs 40