Country, coast or metro…who can take the title?

by admin on May 5, 2015

Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Tweed are the main contenders for this year’s crown, but Cunningham is chasing a metropolitan win, while Tropical Far North is carrying the torch for the regions. Sunshine Coast women sent a powerful message to would-be challengers today, going through sectional play undefeated and into tomorrow’s Division 1 play-offs, where they’ve no intention of giving up the Val Woodward Shield.
The host side battered Brisbane this morning 66-35, before fighting tooth-and-nail to keep out arch rivals Gold Coast Tweed in Round 8, 44-43.
Gateway also went down in Round 9, 69-43, as the Sunny Coast girls stamped their authority on their home turf at Club Maroochy.
But the hard work has only just begun for the 2013-2014 champs, with the slate wiped clean for tomorrow’s Division 1 play-offs at Tewantin Noosa (8.50am).
Most worryingly for the Sunshine Coast’s title defence, they’ll have to face three-time winners Gold Coast Tweed again (at 12-noon) and this time the Goldie girls will be out for revenge.
Gold Coast finished second in Section A, the loss to Sunshine Coast their only slip-up in sectionals.
Brisbane North and Southern Down were the latest sides to feel the golden girls’ wrath, going down 63-26 and 74-31 respectively.
In Section B, a slip-up from Day 2 ladder-leads Tropical Far North Queensland saw them drop to second on the table.
After an expected Round 7 win over Leichhardt 71-36, TFNQ went down to North Queensland, 40-53.
As a result Cunningham, who beat Condamine (66-28) and Port Curtis (59-40), leap-frogged to the top of the table and into the Division 1 play-offs.
The TFNQ girls squeezed out a five-shot win over Bundaberg in Round 9 to finish on 12 +109, but with North Qld, Bundaberg, Wide Bay/Gympie and Central Queensland also finishing on 12 points, they had a frantic wait on margin count-backs to see if they had made the top-flight finals.
When the dust settled TFNQ had their nose in front, 25-shots clear of third place North Qld.
But they will have some tough questions to answer in tomorrow’s Division 1 play-offs, with some commentators claiming both Cunningham and Tropical Far North had an easy ride to the final, avoiding the Section A draw of death which included Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast Tweed, Gateway, Mackay and other top teams.
Division 1 — Tewantin Noosa
Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast Tweed, Tropical far North Queensland (TFNQ), Cunningham
Division 2 — Coolum Beach
Gateway, Bundaberg, Mackay, North Queensland
Division 3 — Pacific Paradise
Brisbane, Downs, Central Queensland, Wide Bay/Gympie
Division 4 — Club Maroochy
Brisbane North, Caboolture, Southern Downs, Port Curtis
Division 5 — Caloundra
Burnett, Leichhardt, Maranoa Warrego, Condamine
2015 District Sides finals kick off at 8.50am (Wed, May 5). Click here to visit the event information page for full sectional results.