Historical perspective on semi-finals

First grade

MINOR premiers Berry-Shoalhaven Heads and Bomaderry have met on seven previous occasions in SDCA first grade semi-finals, dating back to the mid 1950s.

Bomaderry won the first three, the last being in 1960-61 when the opposition was still playing under the name of Berry.

Berry turned the tables in 1964-65, and with four straight semi wins has held the upper hand in more recent times with decisive victories. 

The last time they clashed was in 2005-06 when Berry-Shoalhaven Heads at home won by 127 runs.

Reigning premiers Ex-Servicemen have never beaten Nowra in a first grade semi-final.

They have been pitted against each other on five occasions over the past half-century, with the first in 1963-64 being drawn when day two was washed out.

Nowra scored outright victories when they met twice more in the 1960s, on the way to premierships.

However the last two scheduled clashes – in 1976-77 and 2011-12 – were both complete washouts.

Second grade

Despite being rivals for most of the last half-century, reigning premiers Ex-Servicemen and Berry-Shoalhaven Heads have clashed only twice before in a second grade semi-final.

Berry comfortably took the honours in 1999-2000 at Artie Smith No. 1 Oval, while the 2010-11 match was washed out.

This weekend’s other combatants, Nowra and Ulladulla United have met three times over the past 15 years, with results going to the home teams.

Nowra took the honours at Artie Smith No. 1 Oval in 1988-89, but United came out on top at Lighthouse Oval in consecutive seasons of 1994-95 and 1995-96.

Third grade

Last season’s premiers Ex-Servicemen and Ulladulla United have featured in six previous third grade semi-finals.

Ex-Servicemen won the first in 1988-89 at Nowra High School No. 1 Oval, and also the most recent in 2009-10 at Lyrebird Sports Park.

However in between times, United had won four in succession.

A newcomer to the SDCA this summer, Batemans Bay will make its first finals appearance against Berry-Shoalhaven Heads.

Fourth grade

The only previous fourth grade semi-final fought out by Ulladulla United and Nowra was last season when United Blues won outright by 10 wickets and went on to take the flag.

Berry-Shoalhaven Heads and Ex-Servicemen have also clashed on only one occasion.

That was in 2005-06 at Zealand Oval where Berry enjoyed a margin of 71 runs and went on to win the second of its four consecutive premierships.

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