New Kids Aces and Uranquinty will feature in Saturday’s game of the day in the A grade netball competition.
The last time the two teams met the young Uranquinty side went as close to the competition leaders as any team had previously when they played a 41-all draw.
Since then the Shooting Stars have defeated the Aces, who returned to form with a resounding win over the CSU Reddies last Saturday, while Uranquinty went down to Shooting Stars by 10 goals.
So, the question is, can the young Uranquinty team comeback from that loss to cause nervous moments again for the New Kids team?
Much will depend on the makeup of the Aces’ team, which has not been at full strength for the past three games. Outstanding shooter Lisa Frow will be back for the Aces, allowing the combination of Paige Guthrie and Frow to resume their successful partnership.
Rhiannon Podmore has been in brilliant form in defence and is more than just an apprentice now, supporting the seasoned Tracy Schulz-Cole and Lisa Reynoldson down the back end.
The return of Frow will allow Abbeys, Corbett and Fellows to again share the centre court positions of centre and wing attack with Marie Campbell more than likely positioned at wing defence.
Outstanding for Uranquinty have been shooters, Lana Duffy and Stacey Curran, who could well net a winning score if given too much latitude. But that’s a tough task against three of the competition’s best.
In the centre Olivia Tilyard has had a top season, but while she will have a height advantage, Fellows and Corbett will run all day and continue to give their shooters ample opportunities.
The versatile Jess Allen and both Brooke Tilyard and Rachael Creasy will have the toughest role of all, having to contain Guthrie and Frow.
Should the Uranquinty trio manage to do that, then they could well be on the way to another surprise result, but the proud New Kids’ team will be keen to make sure that does not happen.
Turvey Park will go all out to win their third consecutive Saturday game, but their opponent, Shooting Stars are looking at the genuine prospect of a premiership.
The improving Turvey Park team have beaten teams above them on the ladder in the last two Saturday rounds and would love to pull off the upset of the season by beating Shooting Stars.
Jaimee Smith and Morgan Watts have led by example for Turvey and are slowly gathering more followers in the rebuilding phase. Smith continues to pull off some great intercepts and rebounds at the defensive end, while Watts has shot with over 80 per cent conversion rate in the last fortnight.
Realistically, the Stars will start favourites with their experience and talent.
In the third game, CSU Reddies will look to beat Panthers for the first time this year.
The Reddies were well beaten last Saturday by New Kids, while Panthers were shocked by Turvey Park’s strong start, going down despite a strong comeback.
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