Dodgeball League: Raymond Terrace score maiden finals victory with 10-4 shock upset over Cooks Hill | photos

GRACEFUL: Season ten MVP Peter Goldthorpe dodges a shot in Raymond Terrace's first ever finals win, as they downed Cooks Hill in a landslide 10-4 victory. Picture: Eva Bailey
GRACEFUL: Season ten MVP Peter Goldthorpe dodges a shot in Raymond Terrace's first ever finals win, as they downed Cooks Hill in a landslide 10-4 victory. Picture: Eva Bailey

The last time Raymond Terrace entered the elimination rounds, they were battered out of contention with a 14-0 mauling by Hamilton.

This time around, their new-look fast paced dodgeball has secured them a move into the next round, and a rematch against the defending champions.

The Terrace’s tempo was a key concern for Cooks Hill heading into the quarter final match-up, and it proved to be the catalyst for one of Raymond Terrace’s most historic victories.

The Cookers found themselves flagging early in the second half, after a 4-3 scoreline to the eventual winners at half-time spoke of a close tail end to the contest.

It was anything but close in the second stanza however, as the Terrace surged to a 6-set lead, keeping Cooks Hill to just a single set and confirming their finals victory.

In the other quarter-final on Thursday evening, Belmont moved into the last four clubs with a 9-3 win over Rutherford.

Belmont captain Nic Price has guided his team into the post-season playoffs for the very first time.

Belmont captain Nic Price has guided his team into the post-season playoffs for the very first time.

After struggling in seasons past to make the elimination finals, the southern club will be eager to confirm a deep run into the playoffs, and their routine win over their northern opponents is a strong first step.

The six-set win was also notable as the club have been absent key catcher Gorgia Watkins (knee) and forward Liam Janczuk (one-week layoff), both of whom have been crucial to early-season success.

With both Watkins and Janczuk set to return next week against Waratah in the semifinals, Belmont find themselves in a strong position to potentially make their first ever grand final.

Belmont's forward Liam Janczuk will look to return with impact after a spell on the sidelines.

Belmont's forward Liam Janczuk will look to return with impact after a spell on the sidelines.

The final four match-up will also be the key to separating the two high-flying clubs.

Their first meeting in round four saw Waratah pip Belmont in a 6-5 thriller, before the two teams shared the spoils 6-all four weeks later.

Their final clash saw Belmont switch the record with an 8-2 upset, a result the third-seed squad will be eager to repeat in the final set before the final.

In the other semifinal, Hamilton will look to continue their lopsided record against the Terrace – in nineteen meetings between the two clubs Hamilton have yet to taste defeat.

How well season ten most valuable player and Raymond Terrace captain Peter Goldthorpe performances will be a major factor in the team's match-up against defendning champions Hamtilon.

How well season ten most valuable player and Raymond Terrace captain Peter Goldthorpe performances will be a major factor in the team's match-up against defendning champions Hamtilon.

Despise the results all falling to Hamilton in season ten, improvement was clear for Raymond Terrace, as their first clash this year finished 13-0, while their second two came down to the wire in two cagey 6-5 affairs.

After downing Cooks Hill in their first finals upset, the Terrace may have momentum on their side against the four-time champions, a factor Hamilton will have to combat if they are to return to their fifth consecutive grand final.

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