The Border Watch : May 30th 2014
46 western border netball Improving bulldogs to push roos all the way East v West WEST Gambier would be wary of its opponent East Gambier this weekend with the Bulldogs in rare form, coming off a drought breaking victory over North Gambier last weekend and a hugely competitive effort against the reigning premiers the weekend before. The addition last weekend of teenage shooter Mary Wilson seemed to lift the entire Bulldogs line-up and they will be keen to prove their improved form was not a flash in the pan, but a permanent arrangement. And it won’t be easy, with West Gambier again taking it right up to Millicent at the weekend despite eventually losing by 10 goals. It will be the defensive end of the young Bulldogs that will be tested with Kahli Rolton and Lisa Cram in good form and one of the toughest shooting duos to combat. The unknown there is whether Brenna McKay is available. She was not part of the North win last weekend but has the height and athleticism to trouble Rolton. That being said, Morgan Amy and Bo Richards got the better of the North goalers, especially in the first half, but Rolton’s height and strong positioning, tests every defender in the competition. Rachael Hines is another option if Rolton’s height becomes problematic for the Bulldogs defenders. East will also need to nullify Carlee Davey. The young wing attack is a critical link player for the Roos and her unassuming ability to find the circle’s edge and place a safe ball into the circle is underestimated by many an opposition side. At the other end, Wilson stood tall in her A grade debut and will be initially matched with fellow teenager Mollie Muhovics. West is outstanding at forcing opposition teams into passing errors so it will not be an easy day at the office for the Bulldogs attack line and the pressure over the shot from Amy Cram has brought many a shooter undone. But both Wilson and Sarah Lock shot with accuracy at the weekend and Lock has been in great shooting form for the past month so if they get enough opportunities to hit the scoreboard, Wilson and Lock will ensure East is well and truly in the contest. Millicent v Casterton/Sandford AFTER falling agonisingly short of a second victory for 2014 last weekend, Casterton/ Sandford now heads to Millicent and the Saints will be looking to put in a solid four quarter performance. POSSIBLE INCLUSION: North Gambier coach Audine Bryant will be a big addition to the team’s line-up if she is available for this weekend’s clash against South Gamiber. VIsIt Us onlIne borderwatch.com.au IN-FORM: West Gambier’s in-form goaler Lisa Cram will test East Gambier’s defence when the two teams face off on Saturday. ACCURACY REQUIRED: If Chantelle Weir can find her range in the goal circle South Gambier will be right in the game against North Gambier. The Cats placed good defensive pressure on South last weekend but now face an offensive line that makes few errors and will not give them as many chances to create turnovers as the Demons did. Ellen Brewster and Abbey Shannon were the best of the Cats last weekend and will test Donna Denton and Danika Jolley, but the Saints are clinical in their delivery to the shooting circle and will be patient enough to avoid the tight checking efforts of Brewster and Shannon. At the other end, Jan Murphy and Madalene Cleary were tested in the 46 - The Border Watch, Friday, May 30, 2014 second half, in particular, by Lisa King and Alyce Mourbey, and they will get no relief from Hayley Dunn and Alex Walker. Haylee Rhook was her usual hard working self last weekend in the centre and her battle with Lisa Duldig will be a tough one but in the end, the Saints just have too much talent and depth to let this one slip. North v South NORTH Gambier will be smarting from its shock one goal loss to East Gambier so South Gambier will need to be at its best if it is to notch an away victory. Trailing by 12 goals at three quarter time last weekend, North stormed home to only lose by one goal, while South won a battle of attrition with the Cats, with both sides making a litany of errors to keep their opposition in touch. If North coach Audine Bryant is still sidelined by her troublesome hamstring that will certainly assist the Demons’ cause. Lisa King and Alyce Mourbey were outstanding last weekend against the Cats and will again be the key to the Demons earning enough possession. Yazmin King was also important last weekend with her pressure over the ball at wing defence. It is the South attack line that needs to be more prudent with its delivery and if shooters Chantelle Weir and Malinda Markiewicz can work hard to find space and finish accurately, the Demons will be right in the contest. The hard running of Megan Hein, as well as her defensive efforts, will also be critical, and the match up with Meg Gazzard will be one of the battles of the day on the wing. Alannah Campbell and Gazzard were instrumental in getting the Tigers back into the contest last weekend, while at the other end it was Abbey Duncan finishing the job off. Her battle with Mourbey will be one of the clashes that goes a long way to deciding the final result. PRECISION PASSING: Millicent’s clinical delivery to the goal circle should provide Donna Denton with plenty of opportunities to score.
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