The 2015 South Coast Regional State League competition concluded over the weekend, with Sapphire Coast being crowned the Division 1 Champions, while Illawarra took out the Division 2 (17/U) title.
After finishing the regular rounds undefeated, Sapphire Coast went into the Finals Series full of confidence and were met by hometown heroes Goulburn Opens in the title-decider. It was a competitive first half as Goulburn provided a tough contest, keeping to within a couple goals. However the second half was a different story as the eventual Champions put their foot down to post a 17-9 victory and claim the 2015 title.
As Division 1 Winner, Sapphire Coast will now be invited to participate in the 2015 GrainCorp Inter-Regional State League competition, to be contested at Netball Central from Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September.
The 2015 GrainCorp Inter-Regional State League will pit Division 1 Champions (or representatives) from each region to contest a round-robin style tournament before playing out a Finals Series to determine the 2015 Inter-Regional Champion.
With the 17/U competition dividing into two pools during the regular rounds, Queanbeyan finished top of Pool A and Illawarra top of Pool B to meet each other in the title decider. The Division 2 (17/U) Grand Final was equally as exciting as its Division 1 counterpart, with both teams battling out a hard-fought contest.
Illawarra held a slight two-goal advantage at half time after a competitive opening 30 minutes against Queanbeyan; however the eventual Champions put their foot down for the remainder of the match, putting on a superb defensive effort to limit their opposition to just four goals for the half, to finish 22-12 victors.
North Coast Regional State League
While South Coast were crowning their Champions, North Coast also got their 2015 Regional State League competition underway over the weekend with Hastings Valley hosting the opening day’s play on Sunday 19 April.
The host’s Opens side leads the competition after the first day, sitting atop the ladder with four wins and a single loss so far. They’re closely followed by their 35’s counterparts in second, while Taree sit in third holding Woolgoolga in fourth by goal percentage.
The action continues on Sunday 3 May when the teams converge on Nambucca Valley to contest the final seven rounds, before Finals are held on Sunday 15 May at a venue to be announced closer to the date.