State League concludes with 2013 champions


The 2013 DOOLEYS State League season has concluded with the Divisions 2-4 Grand Finals decided tonight at the Anne Clark Centre, Lidcombe.

2013 DOOLEYS State League Div 2-4 Grand Final Results
Division Two: Manly-Warringah 44 def Sutherland Shire 41
Division Three: Randwick 51 def Northern Suburbs 49
Division Four: Sutherland Shire 42 def Illawarra 40

Please see below detailed match reports and statistics on each Divisions’ Grand Final.

After finishing the regular season in third place, Manly-Warringah has defeated Sutherland Shire, 44-41, to be crowned the 2013 DOOLEYS State League Division Two Champions.

Both Sutherland and Manly-Warringah began the match with a cautious approach, looking to treasure their possession for their shooters to capitalise on the scoreboard.  Trading goals for much of the quarter, it took a penalty goal on the buzzer for Manly-Warringah to take a slim two goal lead into the first break, 13-11.

Manly-Warringah came out firing for the second quarter, with their full court defence putting pressure on Sutherland to create the turnovers.  Manly-Warringah’s tall shooters took advantage by pulling out to a four goal lead with 10 minutes until half time.

However Sutherland weren’t to be outdone, with some brilliant long range shooting from NSW State Players Isabella Keogh (GS) and Lauren Yager (GA) keeping their side in the mix.  Soon Sutherland had taken the lead, setting up an arm-wrestle for the remainder of the quarter as Manly-Warringah refused to allow the scoreboard to push out.

In the final minutes Manly-Warringah put on a run of three goals to take back the lead, 24-22, over Sutherland at half-time.

Sutherland opened the scoring for the second half and, while moving the ball quickly, had soon evened the scoreboard, 26-all.  As the had done in previous finals matches, Manly-Warringah brought on NSW 17U representative Cristy Linaker to GS with her clear height advantage proving an immediate impact.  With a tall target in the shooting circle, Manly-Warringah began to slowly push out their lead.

An injury timeout to Manly-Warringah gave Sutherland an opportunity to reshuffle their line-up, with the changes reinvigorating the side.  Sutherland score five goals to Manly-Warringah’s three in the final minutes however couldn’t chase down the deficit as Manly went into the final 15 minutes ahead, 33-31.

Again Sutherland charged into the start of the final quarter and, with their shooting combination working in tandem, hit the front after three minutes of play.  But Manly-Warringah weren’t to be disheartened and worked hard to take back the lead, setting up a tee-towing final eight minutes of play.

Every centre pass became vital as both sides looked for ascendency over their opponent.  Manly-Warringah had a two goal buffer and the next centre pass in the final minute.  Their GA put it without doubt by putting up a long bomb to finish three goal victors, defeating Sutherland Shire 44-41.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
SUTHERLAND SHIRE – Q1: 11- Q2: 22 (11) – Q3: 31 (9) – Q4: 41 (10)
MANLY-WARRINGAH – Q1: 13 – Q2: 24 (11) – Q3: 33 (9) – Q4: 44(11)

Shooting Statistics
Laisha Wilson: 3/3 @ 100%
Lauren Yager: 19/23 @ 83%
Isabella Keogh: 19/24 @ 79%

MANLY-WARRINGAH: 44/58 @ 76%
Zoe Jackson: 17/18 @ 94%
Emma Dulfield: 11/22 @ 50%
Cristy Linaker: 16/18 @ 89%

Randwick claimed the Division Three crown in the final night of 2013 DOOLEYS State League action with a 41-39 victory over Northern Suburbs.

After Northern Suburbs turned over an early Randwick centre pass they looked to break the deadlock between the two sides after starting the match on equal footing. However Randwick’s intense pressure created turnovers in the Northern Suburbs attacking end and, after putting up six unanswered goals, pulled out to a healthy lead.

But Northern Suburbs weren’t to be discouraged, finishing the quarter strongly to close the deficit to two goals at the first break, 11-9.

Northern Suburbs took their momentum into the second quarter, outscoring Randwick six goals to one in the first five minutes to hit the lead for the first time.  Some superb defensive displays from both sides created the turnovers however Randwick capitalised first to take back the lead.

The ball bounced from end to end with players throwing themselves into the contest to win possession. With a goal in the dying seconds Randwick were able to post a four-goal advantage over their opponents at the big break, 22-18.

The match was played at a blistering speed for the start of the second half with the intensity lifting from both sides.  Northern Suburbs worked hard to close the gap on the scoreboard and soon were within two goals of their opponents.

Using her height advantage the tall Northern Suburbs GK began to have an influence, getting a touch to the ball to create the turnover.  However no matter how hard they pushed Randwick were able to hold out the resurgence with Northern Suburbs not being able to get any closer than two goals.  Despite outscoring their opponents in the third quarter, Northern Suburbs could only make back one goal with Randwick enjoying a three goal advantage leading into the final 15 minutes.

Northern Suburbs came out firing and after four minutes of play had evened the scoreboard before a long-range bomb from their GA saw her side hit the front, 35-34.  Randwick was quick to reply, putting up three consecutive goals to edge in front once more.  Every pass, intercept and shot on goal was treasured by the athletes as the crowd became more and more vocal as the clock ticked down.

Randwick GK proved a game-changer for her side, reading the play to take crucial intercepts when the game was in the balance.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
RANDWICK – Q1: 11 – Q2: 22 (11) – Q3: 33 (11) – Q4: 41 (8)
NORTHERN SUBURBS – Q1: 9 – Q2: 18 (9) – Q3: 30 (12) – Q4: 39 (9)

Shooting Statistics
RANDWICK: 41/52 @ 79%
Joanne Fabro: 19/23 @ 83%
Danielle Bower: 22/29 @ 76%

Abby Clydsdale: 16/22 @ 60%
Taela Marriott: 19/22 @ 86%
Mikaela Marsh: 4/5 @ 80%

Sutherland Shire held off a fast-finishing Illawarra to claim the 2013DOOLEYS State League Division Four title with a 42-40 win in the decider at Anne Clark Centre.

Illawarra looked the steadier of the two teams in the opening minutes, leading 3-1 early before Sutherland settled. Sutherland quickly got into their rhythm with slick attacking play to forge ahead, and a five-goal run late in the quarter set up a handy six-goal lead at the first break, 13-7.

It was goal-for-goal early in the second quarter with both teams playing at great intensity. Neither team was able to wrest advantage for much of the term but Illawarra started to chip away at the margin in the closing minutes of the half to trail by just five goals at the long break, 24-19.

An intercept by the Illawarra WD on Sutherland’s opening centre pass, and the subsequent conversion, had the Illawarra crowd in full voice as the battle continued. Fresh legs in the Illawarra midcourt boosted their defensive pressure and they were soon back within two goals. Sutherland held strong to take a three-goal lead into the final break, 31-29.

Every possession was hard-fought in the final quarter. Sutherland were smothering the Illawarra attack but they remained patient and eventually drew level midway through the term at 35 goals apiece. Sutherland escaped to lead by three before it was Illawarra on the charge, leveling once more. It was goal-for-goal in the tense final minutes, but a goal on the final whistle sealed the two-goal victory for Sutherland.

Quarter-by-Quarter Scores
SUTHERLAND SHIRE: Q1: 13 – Q2: 24 (11) – Q3: 32 (8) – Q4: 42 (10)
ILLAWARRA: Q1: 7 – Q2: 19 (12) – Q3: 29 (10) – Q4: 40 (11)

Shooting Statistics:
Monique Koelman: 11/18 @ 61%
Braeden Quince: 31/37 @ 84%

ILLAWARRA: 40/62 @ 65%
Brittany Bird: 29/38 @ 76
Jessica McGrath: 11/24 @ 46%

Tonight concludes the 2013 DOOLEYS State League season, with Divisions 5-8 Champions being announced last night.

2013 DOOLEYS State League Div 5-8 Grand Final Results

Division Five: City of Sydney/Sydney Uni 43 def Hills District 34
Division Six: Hills District 56 def Wollondilly 33
Division Seven: Illawarra 54 def Hills District 51 (Extra Time)
Division Eight: Blue Mountains 44 def Inner Western Suburbs 40

CLICK HERE to watch highlights and interviews from Divisions 5-8 Grand Finals.