MSENA: Magpies favoured

TOUGH DEFENDER: Kalangadoo’s Narelle Ryan will be a force in defence against Hatherleigh on Saturday in Robe when the Magpies play for a direct pathway into the Mid South East Netball Association grand final.

KALANGADOO is the clear front-runner in the Mid South East Netball Association A Grade competition and will enter its second semi-final against Hatherleigh at Robe with confidence.

The Eagles would be disappointed in their last encounter with the Magpies, going down by a significant 31 goals.

Kalangadoo jumped in the opening term and never looked back.

Hatherleigh will attempt to limit the Magpies from claiming an early lead to be in with a chance.

Four players from both sides were selected in the team-of-the-year, which proves the talent they boast.

There will be equal match-ups all over court as each player fights to win their position.

Keston Green will line up in the goal circle for the Eagles, but it is unknown who will be her partner in crime.

Kalangadoo’s Jasmine Croser has relished the opportunity to step into the defensive circle and her height causes headaches for feeders.

Croser will pair with defensive veteran Narelle Ryan and her experience and ability to read the play is what makes her a tough opponent.

Hatherleigh’s Kelsey Wight is finding form at the right end of the season and will make Eliza Hunter work hard for every turnover.

Jayde Peacock and Sarah Faulkner will be an intriguing match-up as both are athletic, tough and run hard for the full four quarters.

Helen Hamilton will keep Shauni Cunningham honest on the attacking wing through her tight-checking defence.

Kalangadoo’s Melissa Russell and Abbey Duncan are a formidable goals combination and Maddie Redman and Annabel Brooks will need to play tough one-on-one defence if they are to stop the attacking duo.

With the Magpies undefeated throughout the minor rounds, it is hard to see them dropping a game in the business season.

However, Hatherleigh will do its best to “rock the boat”.

BRING THE BEST: Hatherleigh’s Pippin Ellis will hope to bring her best to the court if she will pair with Keston Green in the goal circle for the Mid South East Netball Association second semi-final against Kalangadoo at Robe.