It will be a rematch of the 2013 decider when Eastwood Ryde and Sutherland Shire meet this Wednesday night, 16 July, in the 2014 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup Preliminary Final at the Anne Clark Centre.
A place in next week’s Grand Final is up for grabs, with St George awaiting the victor after advancing straight through to the title decider after their 15-goal victory over Sutherland during last week’s Semi Finals. St George created history after claiming their maiden Waratah Cup Minor Premiership as well as first ever appearance in the Grand Final.
Eastwood Ryde and Sutherland Shire have developed a healthy rivalry over recent years, having featured in the last two Waratah Cup title deciders. In 2012 Sutherland came from behind to claim a 45-43 win to take home the title, while in 2013 Eastwood reversed their fortunes with a four-goal victory to be crowned Champions.
The two sides have taken the court against one another on five occasions during Waratah Cup Finals Series since 2009, with Sutherland holding a 3-2 advantage. However Eastwood Ryde holds the Waratah Cup trophy at their headquarters, and will be looking for a spot in this year’s Grand Final to defend their title.
An interesting fact for the netball nerds … the last two Waratah Cup seasons has seen the team finish the regular season in third place be crowned the Champions. Should history repeat itself that would mean Eastwood Ryde would take home the trophy for the second consecutive year.
However Sutherland Shire have the most impressive Grand Final appearance record out of the remaining Finalists in recent seasons, having contested three of the last five Waratah Cup title deciders. Whatever story the statistics tell us, one thing for sure is there will be some great netball contested!
So make sure you get down to the Anne Clark Centre and cheer on your favourite team to a 2014 DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup Grand Final place!
DOOLEYS State League Spectator Entry Fees
Note: Season Passes NOT VALID for Final Series.
Single Entry – $4 adult, $2 student / concession / child (3-17yo)
GRAND FINAL PRICES – $6 adult; $3 student / concession / child (3-17yo)
DOOLEYS State League Waratah Cup – Finals Fixtures
Major Semi Final: St George 60 d Sutherland Shire 45
Minor Semi Final: Eastwood Ryde 52 d CSNA/Syd Uni 29
Wednesday 16 July – Preliminary Final:
Eastwood Ryde v Sutherland Shire @ 7pm
Wednesday 23 July – Grand Final:
St George v Winner PF @ 7pm