Grand Final debutants ready for State League deciders


Excitement is building in the netball community ahead of the conclusion of the 2013 DOOLEYS State League competition next week, with Divisions 2-8 Grand Finals on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September at the Anne Clark Centre.

There is plenty of buzz surrounding two Associations in particular, with Inner Western Suburbs and Wollondilly to contest their very first State League title decider in the competition’s history on Monday night.

Download the 2013 Netball NSW State League App  for all Divisions’ results, fixtures and ladders – see below for more details!

Inner Western Suburbs will open the action on Monday night when they take the court against Blue Mountains in the Division 8 Grand Final at 7pm on Court C.

A small Association based out of Concord in Sydney’s Inner West, they have just under 3,000 registered members to date for season 2013.

Association President Kathy Halcrow said Inner Western Suburbs was abuzz with excitement ahead of contesting their first State League Grand Final.

“We are absolutely thrilled for the girls for making it to the Grand Final on Monday night.  The DOOLEYS State League is a tough competition, so it’s wonderful that they could make it this far to represent the Association for its very first State League Grand Final,” Halcrow said.

While Halcrow would have loved to have been in the stands to cheer Inner West for their Preliminary Final, unfortunately the Association had its own Club Grand Finals to host last weekend.  Halcrow said the Executive would make up for it by bringing a large contingent to the Anne Clark Centre on Monday.

“We were getting text messages the whole time from those who were watching the girls against Sutherland. It was so close and the girls did a fantastic job.  The entire Executive will be in the stands to cheer them against Blue Mountains on Monday night,” Halcrow said.

“We actually rescheduled the Grand Finals that some of our representative players couldn’t play in -because they were contesting the Prelim – to this weekend.  We didn’t want the players to miss out, especially since they are representing our Association.”

“We are just so thrilled for everyone involved, but particularly the girls who are out on court giving it everything.  We are so proud of them, for their efforts across the entire 2013 season, and whatever happens on Monday night they will always be winners in our eyes.”

Also taking the court for their first State League Grand Final appearance will be Wollondilly, who will come up against Hills District for the Division 6 decider at 8.30pm on Court A.

Based nearby Picton on the south western outskirts of the Sydney Metropolitan, Wollondilly is a relatively tiny Association with just over 600 registered members so far this season, with one of their most famous alumni Australian Fast5 Diamond and West Coast Fever midcourter Ashleigh Brazill.

Wollondilly President Gayle Hicks was in the stands cheering the girls during their nail-biting Preliminary Final win, and will be back again Monday night.

“It was such a tight game and the girls did so well to win; I don’t have many fingernails left for Monday night but I’ll be there ready to cheer them over the line!” Hicks said.

Hicks was full of praise for the Division 6 side, commending their focus and drive from the very beginning of the year.

“The girls have worked so incredibly hard this season.  In January one of our previous rep players came in as their Fitness Coach, and she really got them training hard to strengthen their bodies and improve their fitness.  You can see the benefits of that hard work, especially last weekend in the Prelim.”

“We are so proud of these girls.  They are such hard workers and have given back so much to Wollondilly Netball Association, even taking the time to work with some of our younger netballers.  Making the Grand Final is a just reward for their efforts, so hopefully they can go all the way and bring home the trophy,” Hicks concluded.

It will be a netball finals extravaganza at the Anne Clark Centre next week, with seven Grand Finals being played across two nights.  Why not come down and cheer the girls on, and see some of the best netballers from the Sydney Metropolitan go head-to-head to decide the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Champions!

2013 DOOLEYS State League Grand Final Entry Fees:
Adults: $5
Children/Concessions/Students: $2

Reminder – download the Netball NSW State League App today!

After the success of the Court Craft Night Interdistrict App last season, Netball NSW is again offering our community an opportunity to have fixtures and results at your fingertips with the 2013 Netball NSW State League App.

The App is now available via the App Store, and has some fantastic features for iPhone users.

For under $1, users can access all eight Divisions’ fixtures and results, DOOLEYS State League-specific news, as well as save their favourite teams for quick access.

2013 DOOLEYS State League – Divisions 2-8 Grand Final Fixtures
Monday 16 September
Div 5: Hills District v City of Sydney/Sydney Uni @ 8.30pm, Court A
Div 6: Hills District v Wollondilly @ 8.30pm, Court C
Div 7: Illawarra v Hills District @ 7pm, Court A
Div 8: Blue Mountains v Inner Western Suburbs @ 7pm, Court C

Tuesday 17 September
Div 2: Sutherland Shire v Manly-Warringah @ 8.30pm, Court A
Div 3: Randwick v Northern Suburbs @ 7pm, Court A
Div 4: Sutherland Shire v Illawarra @ 7pm, Court C