Submitted by Tammy Auld for MSENA
Compiled by Colin Pye for 5THEFMWattleRangeNowsportonline
Preview Round 9
Saturday 14th June 2014
Following the success of the Country Championships weekend last week, this weekend will be an exciting round of netball to complete the first half of the minor round matches.
Tantanoola finish the rotation with the Bye this weekend.
Glencoe v Port MacDonnell
This will be an exciting stoush with Glencoe needing the win to contend the fourth position on the ladder, and Port MacDonnell needing the win to solidify their place in the four.
The battle between the Murphies’ Kelly Aubert and the Bay’s Ash Heald will be exciting to watch with both being smart netballers. The Murphies will need to pick the right option when feeding the goal circle to outsmart Heald. Ebony McDiarmid’s height and accuracy in the goal circle will force the Demon’s Kirby Carrison to work hard to stop any scoring opportunities. The Demon’s Emily Taylor and Michelle Lewis work hard through the centre court, and will need to step it up a notch this weekend to shut down Ashlea Edwards and Laura Edwards. The Murphies tough defensive pressure will cause headaches for the Bay at the other end of the court, but the accuracy of Toni-Lee Gilmore is tough to shut down.
The Bay will take the points in a close one, but this will present the match of the round.
Mount Burr v Kalangadoo
The Mozzies have had a tough couple of weeks facing two of the top sides on the ladder consecutively, and they will have another tough outing on Saturday when they face the undefeated Pies.
The Burr have had a few changes in their line up over recent weeks, however when they settle, they have been impressive. Ann Guyett and Kate Nowak work hard through the centre court for the Burr. This weekend they will come up against Jayde Peacock and Mikaila Pitt who both play a strong defensive game. At the other end of the court the defensive pressure of the Pie’s Leah Ousey and Kylie Shultz will make Mount Burr’s Ebony Clarke and Hayley Agnew work hard for every shot.
The Pies will likely finish the first half of the minor round with the win.
Robe v Hatherleigh
With these teams sitting second and third on the ladder, it should present a tight and close battle. Both teams have been consistent to date, however the Roosters line up has been more stable which may help them out this weekend.
The Eagles defensive pressure across the court is impressive, which will force the Roosters to work hard as they drive the ball into their attack line. Georgina Brooks and Kaitlin Smith combine well in defence, and will fight hard to stop any scoring opportunities for Robe’s Keeley Mason and Felicity Carter. Erin Watson uses her speed and agility well to apply plenty of pressure all over the court and make the most of any loose balls for the Eagle’s. She will be a tough opponent for Robe’s Hayley Smart who will need to make sure of every pass. Hannah Perkin’s applies plenty of defensive pressure on the wing for Robe, but will need to work hard if she comes up against the Eagle’s talented Kelsey Bromley on Saturday. The young Demi Smith will have her work cut out against Robe’s Kimberley Austin, however she moves well and shoots with accuracy.
The Roosters will fight hard however the Eagles will take the points.
Nangwarry v Kongorong
While the Saints started the season with strength, they have struggled to get too many wins on the board. The Hawks have fought hard every week and put in some impressive performances, however they too have struggled to get the points on the board. Both teams will be looking to make the most of this weekend looking to hit the winners list.
The Saints are tough through the centre court; however they will be hard pressed against the speed of the Hawk’s Courtney Pink and Ellie Waters. Ash Sturges has been solid in goals for Kongorong; however Tabatha Sanderson will again be the focal point forcing the Saint’s Kayla Gray and Karly McDiarmid to work hard for the intercept. The Hawk’s Tiia Pelkonen applies plenty of defensive pressure on the wing and will need to work hard against Cassie Dinnison this weekend. The Saints Nicole Reeves and Nicole Biszko are accurate in the goal circle, which may be just enough to get them over the line.
The Saints will be more determined to notch another win and will take the points this weekend.