Donnelly’s Bears finish second at NBL1 national finals

August 21, 2023 | Sydney Flames news

The Norths Bears, headlined by Flames’ Emma Donnelly, made it all the way to the big dance in the women’s NBL1 national finals over the weekend.

En route to the final, the NBL1 East champions downed Northside 104-81 and Norwood 110-79.

Then in the decider, Norths battled Bendigo but fell 114-87, seeing the Braves end the season with an unbeaten 28-0 record.

Across the three fixtures, Donnelly totalled 15 points and one rebound.


In other Hoops Capital news, Sydney Kings’ Zac Gattorna wrapped up his impressive NBL1 season with Geraldton in Perth.

The Buccaneers, who took out the NBL1 West decider recently, opened their finals campaign with a 98-76 win against Sutherland, in which the forward added 25 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks one assist and one steal.

They followed this up with a commanding 120-91 victory over Ipswich, who were without the services of fellow King Jaylin Galloway.

In the triumph, Gattorna tallied 25 points, nine points, four dimes and two steals.

Unfortunately, despite these two wins, Gattorna’s side missed out on qualifying for the grand final on percentage – which was eventually won by Knox over Rockingham 90-85.

Stay up to date with all the club’s off-season news here.