Bulldogs prepare for finals

SHARPSHOOTER: East Gambier's Amryn Bosko will be dangerous under the post when the Bulldogs visit Casterton Sandford tomorrow. Picture: James Murphy


THE meeting between Casterton Sandford and East Gambier will have no impact on the Western Border netball final standings.

Instead, it looms as a chance for the young Cats to test themselves once more this season – this time against the reigning premiers.

For East it is a chance to iron out the wrinkles ahead of the 2022 finals series.

The Bulldogs’ starting seven has had few outings together so any chance to finetune and build chemistry is critical.

The shooting combination of Sarah Lock and Amryn Bosko is starting to gel and the test of young Cats defenders Ebany Jarrad and Charlotte Rice will be good preparation for the rough and tumble of finals.

At the other end, Morgan Amy and Bo Creek will look to strangle opportunities for the emerging shooting combination of Madalene Cleary and Ivy Lane.

The mid-court battles have the experienced combination of Tarsh McCallum, Emily Hunter and Tyne Bosko against the hard-running Phoebe Carlin, Caeleigh Humphries and Makayla Hutchins.

The bad news for the Cats is the Bulldogs trio have started to hit their straps as finals approach.

East will be in no mood to allow Casterton Sandford into this contest.

Given its success has always been built on relentless pressure to create turnover and their speed to transition, it looms as a tough day out for the Cats’ final hit-out of 2022.