LAST season’s grand finalists, Shooting Stars and Uranquinty, will meet in the feature match of the Wagga A grade Netball competition on Saturday.
However, while Uranquinty has retained a large number of players who played in that match, the reigning premiers, the Stars, have only two who took to the court in last year’s decider, namely Brodie Jaques and Hayley Stevens.
On the basis of the retention rate, Uranquinty will start favourites, as they did prior to last year’s grand final.
Of course, they went down in a nail-biter by just two goals, and one feels that Uranquinty will be out to have a big win as some sort of payback for what many considered an upset result.
Uranquinty are undefeated co-leaders of the competition, albeit by percentage, and have displayed excellent form all over the court.
Coach Clarke certainly has a number of selection options with 11 on her list and many of them capable of playing in various positions.
One such player is Hannah Finemore, who does well at either goal shooter or goal keeper, as does her older sister, Ella, who has been restricted in her court time due to injury.
Abbey Lowe made the most of her time as goal shooter in last week’s win over Turvey Park, working well with a most accurate goal attack, Lana Duffy, despite close attention from the Turvey circle defenders.
Grace Cornell will have an important role in limiting the sly Stars’ goal attack, Erin Brown and Finemore may find herself at goal keeper again to counter the height of Stars’ shooter, Katie Caller.
Frances Heffernan and Maddie McIntyre are good ‘pick-ups’ for Shooting Stars, but the pair will have a tough assignment in containing Duffy and Lowe.
In the other match, New Kids Aces will play CSU Reddies.
The Reddies are coming off the bye last week after going down in their opening two matches and will, find an Aces’ team in red-hot form.
There’s no doubting the enthusiasm of the Reddies’ team and they have some excellent players including the Cusack twins, Brianne in attack and Alannah in defence, goal attack, Hannah Williams and reliable goal defence, Paige Dacey.
However they will meet a team whose win-loss ratio is most enviable. A mixture of experience in Lisa Frow, Tracy Schulz-Cole, Rachael Addison and Lisa Reynoldson and talented youth as in Mikaela Cole, Abbey Corbett, Rhiannon Podmore and Flynn Hogg should prove too strong for the Reddies.
Turvey Park have the bye.
Lower grades, particularly in the age groups, are to be prepared for changes in the draws after Wednesday’s delegates’ meeting.
A Grade ladder
New Kids Aces 5
Shooting Stars 4
Turvey Park 2
CSU Reddies 2