MILLICENT hosts East Gambier in round seven of Western Border netball on Saturday and will look to continue its unbeaten start to its premiership defence.
East is definitely on the upward trajectory, but is still tinkering with combinations and finding that on-court chemistry with new personnel at both ends.
Tenille Gray enters the clash full of confidence after a stunning SA Country Championships performance at the weekend, making the Championship Top 10.
She will look to bring that dominance to Saturday’s clash with her strong holds, strong drives and accurate finishing.
Tarsh McCallum and Morgan Amy were the other two East players part of the championship win and they will also be key.
McCallum’s pace and creative feeding is always a feature and she works as hard as any centre defensively.
Amy was at her tight-checking best and never allowed her opponent easy ball.
She will look to deny Demi Verbena – her team mate from the long weekend – the chance to use her pace and timing to great effect.
Tyne Bosko also had a strong SA Country Championships for the 17 and Under team and is a key, not only to creating turnover ball on the defensive wing, but also as a driving player through the midcourt.
Despite boasting those in-form players, they take on a Saints side which has plenty of class, with Donna Denton and Verbena in goals, Paige Nitschke, Lisa Duldig and Hannah Nitschke in the midcourt and Madi Haggett and Hayley Dunn – who was also named in the Championship Top 10 – all having played key roles in the A Grade or 17 and Under championship wins.
Add to the mix, 15 and Under championship player Lucy Denton and the Saints have depth and versatility and look set to make it seven from seven.