URANQUINTY will take on Shooting Stars in the feature match of the Wagga A grade netball competition when the senior league resumes from the traditional three-week recess on Saturday.
The undefeated Uranquinty team will start favourites, but the Stars may have a few surprises when they take to the court at Wagga Netball Centre.
One belated starter for them is seasoned player, Jemima Norbury, who, despite being one of the competition’s best defenders, could well see out the game in the attacking circle.
Should Katie Caller and Johanna Fernando both be available, the Stars will have the option of playing Norbury in a defensive role.
There’s no doubt the addition of Norbury will give the Stars some ‘toughness’ no matter what end of the court she plays.
The Quinty side have taken all before them this season and have such depth in their ranks that almost any combination of seven from their 11-strong squad could prove successful.
Prominent are the consistent Tameka Scott and Hannah Finemore, the latter in either circle or the former anywhere in the centre court.
Sisters, Georgia and Olivia Tilyard, and Matilda Vearing have rotated through the centre court positions, while Brooke Tilyard and Grace Cornell have been strong in defence.
Any two of Hannah and Ella Finemore, Lana Duffy and Abbey Lowe could prove a problem for the opposing team’s defenders, suggesting there’s every chance of Norbury being used as a defender to assist Maddie McIntyre and Brianna Cain.
The Stars will be eager to match it with Uranquinty and improve on their last result against them when they were beaten by 14 goals.
Since that round four game, the Stars have ‘picked up’ some handy players, but Uranquinty should be in front when the final whistle sounds.
In the other A grade match, New Kids Aces play CSU Reddies.
The Aces have only been beaten once this season and that loss, to Uranquinty, was only by the narrowest of margins.
The Reddies, by contrast, have yet to open their winning account this season, and as a consequence will find the Aces a tough assignment.
The Reddies will look to the usual excellent conversion rate of their shooters, Brianne Cusack and Hannah Williams to keep the scoreboard ticking over, but they’re sure to find the excellent defence of Tracy Schulz-Cole, Rhiannon Podmore and Lisa Reynoldson will limit their scoring opportunities.
At the Reddies' defensive end, Alannah Cusack and Paige Dacey will have to be at their best to prevent Aces’ shooters, Flynn Hogg and Lisa Frow from netting a winning score.
New Kids Aces’ will be expected to continue on their winning way here.