Saints continue to experiment

UP TO THE CHALLENGE: South Gambier goal keeper Mykaela Thiele will face a challenge against Millicent this weekend. Picture: MELANIE RILEY


MILLICENT will continue to look for solutions in its shooting circle as it awaits the return of Demi Verbena.

However, the Saints still sit with two wins heading into Round 4 of Limestone Coast netball and should be able to make it three when they head to Blue Lake Sports Park to play South Gambier this weekend.

Kalani Dunn certainly made the most of her opportunity last round and if she earns the call up again, her battle with South defender Mykaela Thiele will be one of the critical match ups on the court.

South welcomed back Gracie Dalton on the weekend and it did make the Demons’ frontline look far more damaging.

When she combines with Megan Reid or Ash Widdison, scoring should be less of a chore.

Of course, the defensive combination of Portia McRae and Lauren Van Eeden never gives an inch and South’s feeders, Teresa Humphris, Tully McShane and Sophie Wight will need to be patient with ball in hand.

Georgia Clarke returned to the A Grade court for Millicent last week and her combination in the mid court with Lisa Duldig and Lillie Paul will ensure every ball is delivered under pressure for the Demons.

Once in offence, all three Saints will use their speed to great effect.

South’s Ellie Bouchier has had an outstanding start to the 2024 season and her battle with Nikeisha Facey is another potential match-shaping contest but in the end, Millicent is still a more stable and experienced line-up and should secure the victory.