Netball sides look to build finals momentum

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UP AGAINST IT: Imogen Walker, along with the rest of her South Gambier teammates will face a tough challenge when the Demons clash with West Gambier in the upcoming Western Border netball round.

Imogen Walker Dsc 2020 TBW Newsgroup
UP AGAINST IT: Imogen Walker, along with the rest of her South Gambier teammates will face a tough challenge when the Demons clash with West Gambier in the upcoming Western Border netball round.

WEST GAMBIER v SOUTH GAMBIER

WEST Gambier will start as favourites when it hosts South Gambier at Malseed Park for round 13 of Western Border netball tomorrow.

Both sides will look to produce a four-quarter effort to score the desired result after inconsistent games last week.

It took a half for the Roos to shake off a determined Cats side and the hosts will be look to make a stronger early impression, while the Demons’ own poor start ensured they were on the back foot for the entirety of their defeat to North Gambier.

West youngster Jordan Freeman has became a lock at wing attack with her pace and smarts, while Emily Hunter, Lisa McGregor and Tahlia Earl continue to impress.

Hunter has also formed a critical part of the defensive group with Carly Trevilyan, Amy Cram and Maddy Teakle.

South’s attack line has appeared stronger in recent outings with Imogen Walker and Audine Bryant leading the way alongside youngsters Tara Bryant and Alyssa Duncan.

At the other end, the Demons are still looking to settle on a defensive line, but Tori McIntyre, Alyce Pearce-Raisin and Riley Buckingham showed some promising signs against the Tigers.

It is hard to mount a case for South after two heavy defeats in its previous two meetings, but it will be determined to put up a more competitive performance.

The Roos will look to build some momentum in the lead up to finals with a solid win.

MILLICENT v CASTERTON SANDFORD

MILLICENT will be determined to rebound strongly after a rare loss when it hosts Casterton Sandford at McLaughlin Park on Saturday in round 13 of Western Border netball.

The Cats are likely to suffer a tough day as the returns of Demi Verbena, Donna and Lucy Denton will enhance the already hungry Saints line up.

The home side will look to rediscover its trademark speed and defensive intensity as it is back firing at all cylinders after its shock defeat to East Gambier.

Casterton Sandford goalies, Christine Harris and Tori Perry may experience a tough to day to hit the scoreboard and the Victorian side will hope to improve its patient ball movement.

The Cats were competitive in the opening half against West last week, but allowed West Gambier to conjure a comfortable victory.

Madalene Cleary appears set to finish out the season in the defensive circle as she has formed a solid partnership with young defender Marlee Gartlan.

Cleary’s toughness at the defensive end could make for a competitive opening few minutes, but the Saints appear a far too strong force.

The likes of Verbena, Lisa Duldig, Hayley Dunn and the Dentons will expect to anchor another strong four-quarter performance and build some good form leading into the business end of the season.

NORTH GAMBIER v EAST GAMBIER

ALL eyes will be on Vansittart Park tomorrow when North Gambier host East Gambier for round 13 of the 2019 Western Border Netball Association season.

The match up looms as the tightest contest of the round after the Bulldogs pulled off a stunning upset over Millicent.

While the Tigers appear a more settled line-up after a solid victory over South Gambier.

The opening minutes will set the tone because the home side could be blown out of the water if East get away to an early lead.

Tenille Gray is in outstanding form for the Bulldogs and was one of the key destroyers last weekend.

North coach Noni McConnell will have her hands full to find a way to slow Gray.

East has also added some mystique to its side after Brittany Ross and Sara Smith were changed between the goal shooter and wing attack roles and how they will line up tomorrow remains to be seen.

Mel Renko looks set to play out the season in centre for the Tigers after some impressive recent performances.

Her battle with Tarsh McCallum will be pivotal, as will Tyne Bosko’s match up with Ash Kalantarian.

Kalantarian looked as damaging on the wing, but will be challenged by the tight checking and strong aerial work of Bosko.

North’s experienced goalie Alisha Bryan will have to step up against the defensive duo of Jacinta Clarke and Morgan Amy because youngster Sarah Nulty is likely to miss the clash due to her Pioneers commitments.

North’s depth and talent will be tested against the Bulldogs who are hungry to back up its rich recent success and will start as favourites.