City shooters Nicola Darke and Heidi Dalton try to outjump Roches goal keeper Samantha Austin in the major semi final. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
City shooters Nicola Darke and Heidi Dalton try to outjump Roches goal keeper Samantha Austin in the major semi final. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Roches through to grand final

THE major semi-final was played on Saturday between Roches and City Waratahs, with both teams desperate to earn a grand final berth and have a week off.

City pulled ahead 10-5 in the first quarter with Ash Hughes in centre court and Tahlia Goodwin in defence playing strongly.

With the second quarter trending the same way as the first, City set their sights turning it around, but Roches had other ideas and scored 12 goals to one.

The Roches defence of Katie Brown and Sam Austin was outstanding.

In a topsy-turvy game it was City in the third quarter who pushed the goals through, scoring six goals to Roches two.

With Roches leading 19-17 at three-quarter time, the game could have gone either way.

But it was the tight defence once again from Roches' Austin and Brown. Final score was 29-22 to Roches.

Meanwhile, SSB finally got its act together in the past two weeks to take it right up to Tucabia Opals.

SSB fought very hard to make it to the semi-finals next weekend, but Tucabia just proved too strong winning by just five goals.

The game started tightly with the score going goal for goal, with Tucabia shooters Kayla Frame and Amy Colling doing well when the ball made it through the tight SSB defence of Naomi Evers and Shahnee Searle.

In the second quarter SSB showed their potential, with Bonnie Bruce and Ruby Sherrin feeding SSB Shooters Sarah Kitcher and Toni Paine with sharp passes.

Opals' defence Monica Hambly and Helen King, however, were also performing well.

SSB managed to get the scoreline in their favour of 15 to 13. After the halftime break both teams took the court and nothing was held back.

Jacynta Stoker and Cherie Hambly for Opals tried for every ball and with SSB wing defence Rhee Searle intercepting every ball coming her way made it difficult for Tucabia to pull away. At the end of the third quarter it was 23-all.

In the last quarter and it was do or die for both teams. But Tucabia Opals ended the game by pulling away to win by five goals.

The accuracy of Tucabia shooters Frame and Colling were just too strong for SSB defence.



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