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Mid South East Netball Association Preview

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Submitted by Tammy Auld for MSE Netball Association

Round 4 – Saturday 26th April

Following the break over Easter all teams will be firing this weekend as we have the clash of the round in remembrance of the ANZACs between Tantanoola and Kalangadoo. The Sister Mules Medal, donated by the Millicent RSL, will be awarded to the player who is deemed to have displayed the ANZAC spirit behaviours of skill, courage and adversity, self-sacrifice, team work and fair play.

Hatherleigh has the bye this weekend as an extended break following Easter, having a well-deserved break as they remain undefeated so far.

Tantanoola v Kalangadoo

This match has been nominated as the ANZAC Day match for 2014 and will be a good clash as players play with courage and determination in honour of our soldiers. The Tigers have had one win for the season and the occasion may just help them to step it up a notch this weekend as they battle against the undefeated Pies.

With the height and accuracy of the Pie’s Melissa Russell and Caroline Davey in the goal circle, the Tiger’s Simone Little and Kate Bromley will have their work cut out for them. The battle between Tantanoola’s Casey Arney and Kalangadoo’s Jayde Peacock will be tough through the centre court with neither player giving an inch, and both playing with determination. In defence the Pie’s will be tough to beat with Leah Ousey and Amanda Casey combining well and having the height advantage over Tantanoola’s Jacqui Matthews and Jami Walker. The Tiger’s may have the upper hand on the defensive wing with Talana Knaggs applying plenty of pressure on her younger opponent in Mikaila Pitt, but this will be a great pairing to watch.

The Pies will be too strong this weekend with their consistent form, however the Tigers will definitely give a bit extra in honour of the ANZACs.

Nangwarry v Mt Burr

Mount Burr will be firing following a solid win over the Roosters last round and looking to continue their winning ways. The Saints are still looking to get a win for the season, having faced some of the toughest opposition in the first few rounds.

The Mozzies have youth and speed on their side through the centre court, with youngster Chloe Vanderhorst driving well down the court without fear. She combines well with Kate Nowak who doesn’t hold back as she takes possession of the ball and feeds her goalies with accuracy. This Saturday Nowak will be up against the experienced Teresa Stewart who is also tenacious in her fight for the ball. Kayla Gray and Cassie Dinnison will also attack the ball hard through the centre court for the Saints, which will produce some tough battles. Megan Thiele and Heidi Clark read the play well in defence for the Mozzies and will need to pick the ball out of the air prior to giving Nicole Biszko a chance to score for the Saints as she very rarely misses from any range.

While the Saints will fight hard this weekend, the Mozzies will take the points to progress their way up the ladder.

Kongorong v Port MacDonnell

As traditional ANZAC Day rivals, the Hawks and the Demons will have a hard fought battle this weekend. The Hawks have had a slower start remaining winless, while the Bay have won two from three outings which should put them in good stead to take out another one.

The experience of Tamara Fergusson and Toni-Lee Gray is paramount in finishing off for the Demons after the athletic Emily Taylor has transitioned the ball to them with skill. This weekend the Hawk’s Sarah Lucas and Kaylah Earl will apply plenty of pressure in their defensive circle, but they will need to read the play well to overcome Gray and Fergusson’s teamwork. At the other end of the court, Kongorong’s Tabatha Sanderson and Ash Sturges have been playing well and the Bay’s Kirby Carrison and Ash Heald will have to work overtime to shut them down.

The experience and familiarity of the Demons side will get them the points this weekend.

Robe v Glencoe

Sitting adjacent on the ladder and just out of reach of the top sides, both of these teams will be looking to notch a win in order to climb the ladder this weekend. The Roosters had a tough battle against the Mozzies with a narrow loss just prior to the Easter break, so they will be keen to take the points.

Glencoe have been impressive in goals with Ebony McDiarmid and Kelly Aubert combining well to make the most of their scoring opportunities. The ball has been transitioned expertly down the court by Ashlea and Laura Edwards who are performing well as a new combination. This weekend they have tough opponents in Robe’s Hannah Perkins, Kimberley Austin and Chloe Dawson who will make the most of any inaccurate passing as they all read the play well. At the other end of the court Keeley Mason and Felicity Carter have plenty of experience and height and are solid in the scoring circle for Robe. They are also well supported by Kate Shubert and Hayley Smart who are athletic and skilful in their ability to feed their goalies.

The Murphies will be eager to notch their first win for the season and will take the points this week in a close battle.

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