Submitted by Tammy Auld for MSE Netball Association
Round 5 – Saturday 3rd May
As we tip over the half-way point of the first half of the minor round, teams are starting to settle and gather momentum in their respective playing groups. With a couple of upsets in Round 4, all teams will be looking to get back on track in Round 5 this weekend.
Following a good win over the Murphies last weekend, the Roosters have the week off with the Bye.
Port MacDonnell v Hatherleigh
Hatherleigh comes off a fortnight’s break to head to the Bay this weekend. The Demons have had a successful run with a solid win in their ANZAC clash against the Hawks last weekend.
The Demon’s Emily Taylor and the Eagle’s Erin Watson will have a tough fight on their hands this weekend as they drive hard through the centre court for their respective teams. Marie Lewis has experience to give on the attacking wing for the Demons, and she is likely to need it as she comes up against the youth of Hatherleigh’s Demi Smith. Both of these teams are premiership contenders this season with the Demons being the more experienced side, but the Eagle’s showing ingenuity and creativeness in their game. Kaitlyn Smith and Georgina Brooks will be tough and athletic in defence as they come up against the experienced Toni-Lee Gilmore and Tamara Ferguson.
This will be the match of the round, with the Eagles taking the points following their extended rest.
Mount Burr v Tantanoola
Either of these teams could step into the top four this weekend with a win, which will drive them both to push harder than in previous weeks. The Tigers were impressive last weekend against the Pies, pushing them until at least the three quarter break, while the Mozzies had a disappointing loss to the Saints.
Jami Walker has been a stand out for the Tigers, shooting with accuracy and moving well around the goal circle. She will need to use her speed and agility this weekend though against the height of the Burr’s Heidi Clarke and Megan Thiele who are quick and strong in defence. Through the centre court, the battle between Tantanoola’s Casey Arney and Mount Burr’s Kate Nowak will be one to watch with both players fighting for the ball with tenacity. At the other end of the court, Simone Little has been in fine form, and will pick of any loose passes into Mount Burr’s goalies Ebony Clarke and Hayley Agnew. Both Clarke and Agnew shoot with accuracy and ease once they have possession, so Little and Kelsey Bromley will need to act early.
The Mozzies will be more passionate about stepping back into the winners circle this weekend and will take the points.
Kalangadoo v Kongorong
These teams are supporting either end of the ladder, which will make it a tough day for the Hawks this Saturday.
Courtney Pink and Samantha Allen have been dominant in the centre area for the Hawks and will fight hard against the Pies Mikaila Pitt and Jayde Peacock this weekend. With Tabatha Sanderson impressive in goals and combining well with Ash Sturges, Leah Ousey and Amanda Casey will need to push hard in defence for Kalangadoo to prevent Kongorong’s goalies from gaining position. At the other end of the court, youngster Tiia Pelkonen has worked hard in defence for the Hawks and she will have to work hard this weekend against the Pie’s fit and strong Jenna Pitt.
Kalangadoo have had a confident run to start the season, and this will allow them the confidence to take another win this weekend.
Glencoe v Nangwarry
The Murphies and the Saints have both had mixed results to start the season with some unexpected losses for both teams. The Saints turned the tides last weekend though, with an unexpected win against the Mozzies.
The Saints have had a variety of different teams hit the court each week, with those players that have returned for every match building in strength and confidence. The Murphies playing group settled earlier in the season, but are yet to find their best form. Bec Wilson has been dominant on the defensive wing for Glencoe, and she has been ably supported by Sarah Kasparian and Donna Edwards who have been combining well in the defensive circle for the Murphies. This weekend they will come up against Nicole Reeves and Nicole Biszko who have been shooting with confidence for the Saints when they work in combination together. The battle between Laura Edwards at wing attack for Glencoe and Dani McKinnon for the Saints will be one to watch with Edwards showing strength in her drive as she transitions the ball to her goalies.
This will be a good match to watch with both teams looking to move away from the bottom end of the ladder. With a performance like last weekend, the Saints could steal the points.