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Sport Kings make history and claim minor premiership with win over Hawks

23:00  14 february  2020
23:00  14 february  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Sydney Kings have claimed the NBL minor premiership and a place in the history books after beating the Illawarra Hawks 98-82 at Qudos Bank Arena. The ladder leaders took advantage of the return of some long-term casualties to dominate their local rivals and become the first team in NBL

A minor premiership is the name of the title given to the team which finishes a sporting competition first in the league standings after the regular season but prior to commencement of the playoffs in several Australian sports leagues.

a basketball player with a football ball: Xavier Cooks starred for Sydney with 11 rebounds and three assists against the Hawks.© Getty Xavier Cooks starred for Sydney with 11 rebounds and three assists against the Hawks.

The Sydney Kings have claimed the NBL minor premiership and a place in the history books after beating the Illawarra Hawks 98-82 at Qudos Bank Arena.

The ladder leaders took advantage of the return of some long-term casualties to dominate their local rivals and become the first team in NBL history to lead for an entire season.

Kings fans brought the love to the Valentine's Day match, with 11,047 including NRL legend Robbie Farah in the crowd at Sydney Olympic Park. The remarkable crowd managed to push Sydney's season attendance to 140,168 and marks the first time the Kings have ever averaged more than 10,000 fans at a game.

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THE PNG Hunters have claimed the first minor premiership in their club history , sealing off a successful season with a 28-22 victory over Wynnum Manly. A packed stadium was there to witness the historic win for the Hunters, who were strongly led by skipper and five-eighth Ase Boas.

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Will Weaver said the continual growth of King's crowds is the reason stellar players continue to sign with the club.

"There's a history here that's real and meaningful, and these guys are making their own," he said post-match. "To have that number of people acknowledge it ... given what those numbers looked like previously, that's a landmark.

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The Augusta-Margaret River Youth Girls Football team were crowned Premiers at the weekend as they took on Bunbury Grammar in the final game of the year.

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"That record matters a hell of a lot more to me in terms of why I wake up in the morning and in terms of making this the kind of place that you dream about playing at."

Helped by the return of big guns Craig Moller and Andrew Bogut, a stellar performance from Xavier Cooks ultimately led the Kings to victory, spurred by the presence of his father and Hawks assistant coach Eric Cooks.

"One hundred per cent it's personal," Cooks, who had 11 rebounds and three assists, said at half-time. "It's always personal when we play Wollongong."

The combination proved too much for an underwhelming Illawarra side, whose season is now over.

Bogut made his return after struggling with a sore back, with Moller making his first appearance since on November 23 due to an ankle injury.

It was just the third game back for Kevin Lisch, who is slowly building his on-court minutes after being benched in December as a result of a serious ankle injury.

Kings claim NBL history with Hawks rout

  Kings claim NBL history with Hawks rout Sydney Kings have claimed their first NBL minor premiership after ending the regular season with a 98-82 rout of Illawarra. Casper Ware paced the Kings with 19 points and three assists, Jae'Sean Tate also dropped 19 points, while Brad Newley added 17 from the bench.More importantly, Andrew Bogut made a successful return from a back issue and Kevin Lisch got some more minutes after his long-term lay-off.Forward Craig Moeller was another who made a comeback from an ankle injury.

Sealing the minor premiership with the 81-69 victory, the Wildcats were inspired by A behind-the-back pass from skipper Damian Martin (18 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals) into the path of Beal resulted in a sensational dunk that got the crowd off their feet and started to make the Crocs nervous.

The Townsville Blackhawks have created history after edging the PNG Hunters in the race for the Intrust Super Cup minor premiership . Townsville claimed top spot with a 46-22 win over the Redcliffe Dolphins, finishing the regular season one point ahead of the Hunters, who also won in Round 25.

"It's always good seeing guys come back from injury," he said. "Especially Craig who has been out a long time as well seeing him come in and get a dunk ... it's always nice to see that."

With the loss, wooden spooners Illawarra go out with a 10-game losing streak and the worst season ending since 2004.

Sydney's run of injuries continued to wreak havoc and they claimed the win despite Didi Louzada still nursing a knee injury and Lucas Walker falling ill with gastro.

In the first quarter, the Hawks reminded the crowd they had won three of their past five games against the Kings, lagging behind by only five points, 31-26.

A half-time bomb by Casper Ware finished off the first half to standing ovations but by the third quarter Sydney had pushed the divide to 74-57.

Hawks coach Matt Flinn said while the result was "obviously disappointing" there were a lot of positives to come out of the season.

"Whilst the record is not good, success is measured in a different way," Flinn said. "Obviously, we are not happy where we are at in terms of the ladder ... but we are quite happy in the forward progress we are making and the trajectory of the club.

"You probably saw a little snapshot of what will be next year moving forward ... the learning curve that we've all been on this year has been enormous."

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