The finals line up for the 2016 U16 Girls National Championships has been decided with top-seed Hunter Hurricanes set to face off against defending champions Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers in the gold medal game tomorrow in Hobart.
The Hunter Hurricanes secured their spot in the gold medal game after defeating the Drummoyne Devils in a tightly fought contest today. While the Hurricanes got out to a fast start, Drummoyne was able to keep pace to trail by a single goal at half time.
The Hurricanes gave themselves a three goal lead mid-way through the fourth, however a fast finishing Drummoyne attack closed the gap to one point with two minutes remaining on the clock. It was strong defence in the final minutes with the Hurricanes able to steal a 10-9 victory and a place in the Championship final.
Defending champions Sydney Northern Beaches (SNB) Breakers dominated in their semi-final against fellow Sydney-siders UNSW Wests Killer Whales Yellow, leading from the outset to claim a 12-6 victory. UNSW were able to keep pace in the first quarter however sharp shooting and strong defence by SNB proved too much for the Killer Whales.
The UWA City Beach Bears will face off against Cronulla Blue in the Plate final after both sides managed a one point victory in their respective semi-finals. The Bears defeated fellow Western Australians rivals Triton 6-5, while Cronulla took an 8-7 win over Ovens & Murray.
In the Bowl final Sydney University Lions will take on the Melville Marlins, after Sydney Uni defeated UNSW Wests Killer Whales Black 5-3, and Melville beat out Tamworth 10-9 in a penalty shootout.
Homeside Tasmania won their way into the Shield final defeating the UWA City Beach Blues 6-3. They will face-off against Melbourne Collegians who defeated Queensland Country 11-4.
1 October 2016: The semi-finalists have been decided on day four of the U16 Girls National Club Championships in Hobart.
The Hunter Hurricanes remain the tournament firm favourites after defeating the Sunshine Coast 11-8 in their quarter final to secure their spot in the top four. Hunter will face the Drummoyne Devils tomorrow after Drummoyne upset All Hallows 12-10 in the quarter final game.
Defending champions, Sydney Northern Beaches defeated the ACT Fins 10-4, while UNSW Killer Whales Yellow upset second seed the North Brisbane Polo Bears 8-7 to claim the fourth spot in the Championship semi-finals.
In the Plate first semi-final it will be an all Western Australia fair with UWA City Beach Bears taking on Triton, with the second semi-final to see Ovens & Murray will take on Cronulla Blue.
UNSW Killer Whales Black won their way into the Bowl semi-final after going undefeated in their round robin where they will now take on Sydney University. In the second bowl semi-final Melville will take on Tamworth.
Home-side Tasmania will play UWA City Beach Blues, and Melbourne Collegians will face Queensland Country in the Shield semi-finals.
30 September 2016: Day three of the 16U Girls National Club Championships brought some exciting action despite another day of overcast conditions.
In a clean sweep of their pool games, top-seeded side Hunter Hurricanes secured their spot in the final eight with wins over the UWA City Beach Bears and the Drummoyne Devils. The Devils rebounded from the loss, defeating Brisbane Girls Grammar School 19-4 to also claim their stake in the quarter finals.
A three-way tie between Sunshine Coast, All Hallows and Cronulla Blue saw places in the quarter finals decided on a goal difference count back and results of previous games.
Defending champions the Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers are all but assured a spot in the quarter finals with a day four clash against Cronulla Sharks Black to decide their fate. Meanwhile a victory for UNSW Wests Yellow against Ovens & Murray will also see them into the Championship quarter finals.
Queenslanders, the North Brisbane Polo Bears may prove to be the dark horse of the competition defeating Triton 11-4. Triton and the ACT Fins will battle it out for the final spot in the eight.
In the Bowl (Shield) group, UNSW Killer Whales Black racked up two wins, defeating Essendon (10-7) and Tasmania (7-6,) while UWA City Beach Blues defeated fellow Western Australians, Dolphins 9-8, before going down to Sydney University 13-5.
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29 September 2016: Despite the wet and windy weather outside, the action heated up inside on day two of the U16 Girls National Club Championships in Hobart.
The morning games saw Ovens & Murray, Brisbane Girls Grammar School, UTS Balmain Tigers and the ACT Fins all secure their spots in the Championship (Plate) group, while the South Australia Jets upset the more favoured Dolphins 10-5 to secure their place in the Championship round.
The second round games kicked off in the early afternoon with Hunter continuing to prove the tournament favourites with a convincing 13-6 win over Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Defending champions Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers showed why they are still one’s to beat after defeating Ovens & Murray, 12-3.
The North Brisbane Polo Bears were pushed all the way by the ACT Fins, but held on for a narrow 6-5 victory, with fellow Queenslanders All Hallows dominating from the outset to take a 10-3 win over South Australia Jets.
In the Bowl (Shield) group, home-side Tasmania notched up their first win of the tournament defeating Essendon 9-4, while Sydney University took a one goal victory over Dolphins 10-9. In other games, Queensland Country racked up their second win, defeating Tamworth 8-6, and Melville defeated Melbourne Collegians 12-9.
For full results and tomorrow’s draw check out the Match Centre.
28 September 2016: Day one of the U16 Girls National Club Championships saw Australia’s best young female water polo players hit the water in Hobart.
Double victories from All Hallows School, Sydney Northern Beaches Breakers, Hunter Hurricanes, North Brisbane Polo Bears and Cronulla Blue saw them all finish top of their groups, guaranteeing them a spot in the Championship (Plate) group.
For full results check out the Match Centre.
Top-seeded the Hunter Hurricanes looked comfortable in their first hit outs of the competition, defeating Ovens & Murray 10-8 and Essendon, 20-8. While defending champions SNB Breakers cruised to victory against Brisbane Girls Grammar 16-3 and home side Tasmania 20-2.
The Drummoyne Devils, Triton, Sunshine Coast and Cronulla Black will be looking to secure their positions in the Championship (Plate) group when they play their final qualifying games on day two.
Despite a narrow loss in their first game, the ACT Fins showed that they have the potential to trouble the top teams as they too will look to secure a spot in the Championship group when they face the Sydney University Lions tomorrow.
The second day of the Championships will see the final placings of the qualifying groups decided before heading into the Championship/Plate and Bowl/Shield round robin in the afternoon.
For all the results continue to follow the updates on the Match Centre.