Match of the round

PRECISION PASSER: North Gambier's Ashlee Kalantarian has been an effective attacking outlet for the Tigers this season. Picture: JAMES MURPHY.

NORTH Gambier hosts East Gambier in their Round 6 clash of the Western Border Netball Association on Saturday.

North had the better of the first round clash between these two rivals and it looms as another classic battle.

After a shaky start to their premiership defence, East has started to settle and found some momentum, despite a narrow loss to Millicent last weekend.

The Bulldogs are still not only looking to build chemistry with their new look line-up but also sorting out which combinations work best.

Coming off a good performance against Saints shooter Tabatha Sanderson, East defender Morgan Amy will take on Caroline Wakefield.

Amy will be hoping pressure from the likes of her defensive unit team mates Bo Creek and Tyne Bosko will force poor deliveries into the circle.

Emily Hunter and her battle with North centre Brianna Walters will be play a major role in the end result.

Hunter has proven to be not just dynamic with her offensive driving, but relentless with her defensive pressure.

The Bulldogs will need to deny Walters and Ashlee Kalantarian any easy passes as they are both precise with the ball in hand.

Sarah Lock and Amryn Bosko started to look more comfortable working together in the Round 5 loss to Millicent.

They will need to be at their best as the new-look Tigers defensive line of Mel Renko and Zarah Crough-Heaton, is starting to gel as a combination and working together to create intercept opportunities.

This game looms as a goal-for-goal contest and a much tighter scoreline than the Round 1 clash with East turning the tables on a day where North will officially open their clubrooms.