Hills District will meet Hawkesbury City in next week’s Division 8 DOOLEYS State League Grand Final after defeating Kurri Kurri/Hunter Flyers 55-54 in the Preliminary Final tonight (Tuesday 14 July) at Netball Central.
KKNA/Hunter Flyers dominated the opening minutes of the match to race away to a 6-1 lead over Hills District. Some long bombs from the Hills shooters kept their team in it, and an intercept to their GK with six minutes remaining in the first quarter gave them the chance they needed to level, before going ahead to lead 11-9.
Their lead was short lived however; the KKNA/Hunter WD won back possession to bring her team back to level pegging, the scores all tied up at 13 goals apiece at the first break.
In a see-sawing second quarter it was Hills District that broke the stalemate first, getting away to lead by as many as three goals. The KKNA/Hunter were forced to re-set often in their goal circle, but maintained composure to rattle off five consecutive goals and help their team push out their advantage to three goals at halftime, 29-26.
KKNA/Hunter held off Hills for the first five minutes of the third quarter before they started to threaten. Hills hit the equalizer with 9 minutes left to play in the period. Another intercept from the Hills GK put her team ahead 38-35 but KKNA/Hunter responded to close within one goal at the final break, 42-41.
Hills District scored first in the final quarter but an intercept from the KKNA/Hunter GK ensured her team would not let them get away in the opening minutes. A tip and chase down from the Hills District WA re-established their lead back out to three goals. Getting away by four goals, KKNA/Hunter would not let them keep building their lead as they staged a fight back, scoring quickly to close within one goal with 43 seconds remaining. But Hills District held strong, holding onto possession until the final whistle sealed their place in the decider.
Hills District and Hawkesbury City will battle for the 2015 Division 8 crown next Tuesday 21 July from 7:00pm at Netball Central.