Third-placed Shooting Stars will tackle second team, New Kids Aces, in the Wagga Netball competition’s feature match on Saturday.
At last start the Aces went down to Uranquinty by the narrowest of margins, while the Stars held on to beat Turvey Park by three goals last Saturday.
The Aces have a much more experienced team than the Stars with seasoned players, Lisa Frow, Rachael Addison, Tracy Schulz-Cole and Lisa Reynoldson teaming together for many seasons and still playing well.
Youngsters, Rhiannon Podmore, Abbey Corbett and Mikaela Cole are prominent each week, while recruit, Flynn Hogg and ‘returned’ player, Emma Kleine haven’t taken long to show their value.
The reigning premiers are slowly rebuilding their team and latest recruits, Brianna Cain and Johanna Fernando have both strengthened the side.
Cain is solid at goal defence and Fernando can capably fill a position in either attack or defence.
Centre court players, Brodie Jaques and Bridgett Dill give good feed to a range of shooters led by the tall Katie Caller.
Caller will have to be at her best to combat the experienced Aces’ Reynoldson, Schulz-Cole and Podmore.
At the other end of the court, the Stars’ Maddy McIntyre, Cain and Frances Heffernan will find the Aces’ attack difficult to contain.
Hogg is a most accurate shooter and Frow just keeps on netting them.
The Stars will quite possibly match it with their opponents for parts of the game, but the Aces’ should be in front at the final whistle.
In the other match, an improving Turvey Park will tackle competition leaders, Uranquinty.
The Uranquinty team is a most balanced one with many of their players showing their versatility by playing in different positions.
One such player, Hannah Finemore, is having a top season and can play as either goal shooter or goal keeper.
If she lines up in attack with fellow shooter, Lana Duffy, their battle with Turvey’s Sara Schneider and Jaimee Smith could be most interesting.
Tameka Scott is having a top season in the centre and her opponent, be it Amanda Gooden or Sherrene Thompson will have to be prepared to run all day.
While Morgan Watts is likely to come back to Turvey’s attack, Teagan Hallam showed her prowess as a shooter was more than handy.
The entertaining Nicky Gallagher will have to have all her tricks to match it with in form Quinty goal defence, Grace Cornell.
One of Turvey’s most valuable players is Kira Hallam at wing attack and she will have to be closely checked by whoever Quinty plays at wing defence.
Uranquinty will certainly start favourites, but Turvey will be keen to carry on their improvement.