With Lithgow springing a surprise victory over Metro South West in the morning and grabbing a draw against Newcastle on the first day, Sydney went into this match needing at least a draw to secure a place in the playoffs.
Determind to leave nothing in the tank against their higher ranked opponent, Sydney lifted their game and exhibited the kind of play that we all felt they were capable of.
Playing as a cohesive unit, and hunting in packs within their rotations, Sydney hounded the Newcastle players throughout the first half. With six circle penetrations and three shots on goal, Sydney were disappointed not to capitalise on their opportunities but were pleased to restrict the Newcastle attack to only one shot on goal.
After a very upbeat half time chat, the Sydney players started the second half with the same high intensity attitude they played the first. However, in the 42nd minutue, the wind was taken out of Sydney's sails when Newcastle scored from a scrappy baseline move.
Despite continuing their up tempo game, time ran out, leaving Sydney behind on the score board, and missing the finals for the first time in a few years.
The post match compliments on the quality of the match from officials and spectators were gladly accepted by the squad but they were left disappointed at not being able to be playing on Sunday.