Hills Hornets qualify for playoff series

They all count: Shooting guard David Hayman scores from the free throw long. Picture: Noel Rowsell photoexcellence.com.au

They all count: Shooting guard David Hayman scores from the free throw long. Picture: Noel Rowsell photoexcellence.com.au

The Hills District Hornets senior basketball teams have qualified for the playoff series of the 2014 Waratah Championship League (WCL), finishing the regular season with two strong wins over the Maitland Mustangs.

The Hornets women started the ball rolling in the opening game of the day, totally over-powering the lowly-ranked Mustangs for a runaway 84-41 win.

Whilst the Hornets had been in contention for the minor premiership, results over the weekend have seen the Hornsby Spiders sneak ahead of both the Hornets (2nd) and Northern Suburbs Bears (3rd) in the final standings.

The Hornets women will enjoy a bye in the opening round of the playoffs, with their top two finish giving them automatic qualification for the finals weekend, which will be held in Maitland, August 30-31.

Life will be a touch more difficult for the Hornets men, who have finished the season with a strong 82-78 win over the Mustangs.

As a result of that win, the Hornets finished in fifth spot and will be on the road to Sutherland this weekend to face the fourth-placed Sharks in an elimination quarter final.

Victory will carry the wining team through to the finals weekend, whilst the loser will join the also-rans on the sidelines for the remainder of the post-season.

Details:

Women: Hills District Hornets 84 (Kate Oliver 23 points, 10 boards; Casey Samuels 17 points; Wendy Strong 11 points, 12 boards; Jamie Samuels 10 points, 12 boards) defeat Maitland Mustangs 41

Men: Hills District Hornets 82 (David Hayman 25 points; Robert Meyrick 25; Jason Strong 21; Josh Chapman 11 boards, 8 assists) defeat Maitland Mustangs 78

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